Jake Wightman helps to announce new partnership as Glasgow International Airport jumps on board to support next year’s event

Scottish European and Commonwealth 1500m medallist Jake Wightman has helped to announce a new partnership for the European Athletics Indoor Championships as excitement continues to build for the event heading to Glasgow next March.

With just four months to go until the event at the Emirates Arena, organisers are getting set for take-off and Wightman returned to the Scottish city to celebrate Glasgow International Airport jumping on board to support the championships.

Wightman was joined by ‘Scottee’ the Scottie dog mascot, Glasgow 2019 championships director Joanna Sutherland, regional director at Event Scotland Jim Clarkson and Glasgow Airport managing director Mark Johnston as the new partnership was announced.

Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and will play the essential role in welcoming some of the world’s leading athletes as they descend on the city between March 1-3.

“With a major athletics event next on the cards for Glasgow it was important to obtain strong partnerships in order to make the championships a truly unforgettable occasion and I’m so delighted Glasgow Airport has committed,” said Wightman.

“To have an institution like Glasgow Airport supporting us is fantastic and I’m sure by working together with the championship team, they will make it a special campaign for this wonderful city.”

In the lead up to the championships, Glasgow Airport will proudly display its support of the event with in-airport branding and will also play a key role during event time as they prepare to welcome up to 600 athletes, 400 coaches and team staff from over 45 countries.

Six sessions will be competed across three action-packed days of competition, with qualifiers and finals contested every day.

Medals for events such as the women’s 3000m and men’s shot put will be up for grabs on day one. Meanwhile, the men’s pole vault and women’s 400m will be among the highlights on day two, with both the men and women’s long jump, 4x400m relay and 1500m all featuring on an exciting final day.

Johnston said:”The unforgettable 2014 Commonwealth Games and this year’s brilliant European Championships both are just two examples of Glasgow’s successful track record in hosting major sporting events and the city will once again rise to the occasion next year.

“I’m in no doubt the European Athletics Indoor 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 early next March.”

See www.glasgow2019athletics.com for the full competition schedule, with tickets available across all events.