• 29-JAN-2018

Bonnie the seal checks in at Glasgow Airport as Glasgow 2018 welcomes newest Official Supporter

Glasgow Airport has today been announced as Official Supporter of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and Bonnie the seal checked in to welcome the Official Airport on board.

Thousands of athletes, officials and visitors are set to touch down in Scotland for the new multi-sport event in August and Glasgow Airport will work on arrivals, departures and transport links to the surrounding venues in the run up to, and during, the Championships.

Passengers will also be greeted with the vibrant look and feel of the Championships as they land in Glasgow, inviting them to get involved in 11 days of sporting action and culture taking place from 2 to 12 August 2018.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland is famed for its warm welcome across the world and with Glasgow Airport as an official sponsor, the thousands of athletes, officials and spectators set to land here later this year are guaranteed a memorable first impression - setting the tone for the exciting events ahead. Scotland is the perfect stage for the first ever European Championships showcasing our cultural heritage, sporting excellence and expertise in staging events to an international audience.”

Glasgow City Council Depute Leader Cllr, David McDonald said: “With 8,000 athletes, officials and media, as well as huge numbers of spectators expected to arrive in Glasgow and Scotland for the European Championships, this is the year we bring in a new era in world sport and put on a fantastic show for all of our visitors. We will show, once again, that people make Glasgow and as we countdown to this brand new event, the year is off to a flying start.”

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “We are thrilled to come on board as an official sponsor of the inaugural 2018 European Championships.

“This will be the biggest sporting event the country has seen since the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which were a tremendous success and placed Glasgow firmly on the map as a gateway to Scotland.

“The 2014 Games also showcased to the world that Scotland can not only host major sporting events superbly well, but that it can do so with its own unique warmth and style. The summer of 2014 was an unforgettable experience and there was a real buzz around the airport as the world descended on Glasgow.

“I’m in no doubt the 2018 European Championships will be equally successful and the team here at Glasgow Airport is looking forward to welcoming the thousands of athletes, officials and supporters who will pass through our doors this summer.”

Attendances of up to 250,000 are expected at venues across Scotland for the staging of the first ever European Championships which will see some of the best athletes in Europe compete in Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon.



Corrie Campbell, Glasgow 2018 Public Relations Officer, +44(0)141 302 2294 / +77(0)7387 253248 corrie.campbell@glasgow.gov.uk



1. The 2018 European Championships will be staged by the European Federations and the Host Cities of Glasgow and Berlin.

2. The Glasgow 2018 event will be held between 2nd and 12th August and the European Athletics Championships will be between 7th and 12th August in Berlin.

3. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the umbrella body for Europe free-to-air channels, will be the broadcast partner for the Championships. There is a potential television audience of around 1.03 billion for the event with many more viewers across multiple digital platforms.

4. Around 3,000 athletes will travel to Scotland as part of a total delegation of around 8,500 including officials, media and others. A further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin.

5. Berlin's Olympic Stadium will be the venue for the European Athletics Championships with the road races and race walking events held throughout the city.

6. The European Aquatics Championships will take place at Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming Centre, with Diving taking place at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool, Open Water Swimming being staged at Loch Lomond and Synchronised Swimming at Scotstoun Sports Campus.

7. Four European Cycling Championships will be staged in Glasgow and its metropolitan area. Track, Road, Mountain Bike and BMX will attract 650 of Europe’s top names to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, the streets of Glasgow and the metropolitan area and a new world championship and Olympic standard BMX track to be built in the Knightswood area of the city.

8. The European Golf Team Championships will take place at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course in Perth & Kinross. There will be three European Team Golf Championships: Men’s Team Championship, Women’s Team Championship and Mixed Team Championship.

9. The European Artistic Gymnastics Men’s and Women’s Championships will be staged at The SSE Hydro, the venue for the 2015 FIG World Gymnastics Championships.

10. The European Championships for both Rowing and Triathlon will both be staged at Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire.

11. The Year of Young People 2018 will be the next of the Scottish Government’s series of themed years, following the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. The Year of Young People (YOYP) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. Further information on what’s happening and how people can get involved can be found on the new website www.yoyp2018.scot or @YOYP2018 on Twitter.

12. Glasgow 2018’s official partner level sponsors are Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government. For more information on Glasgow 2018’s full sponsor family, please visit https://www.glasgow2018.com/championships/about-european-championships/official-sponsors