Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow International Airport: In Service of Scotland


Formerly known as the Glasgow Abbotsinch Airport, the Glasgow International airport is located just outside the city center of Glasgow. This airport has witnessed a rise in the number of passengers passing through its terminals with over 7.7 million passengers handled last year. This was 4.8% higher than the previous year. These statistics make the Glasgow International Airport the second busiest airport in Scotland with the busiest being the Edinburgh Airport. The Glasgow Airport serves the Glasgow metropolis and is the primary entry airport in Scotland for intercontinental and direct long-haul flights.

AGS Airports, the owners of Glasgow international airport also own and operate the Southampton and Aberdeen Airports. Prior to ownership by AGS Airports, Heathrow Airport Holdings (former BAA) were the owners and operators Glasgow International Airport. The largest tenants of the Glasgow International Airport are currently Flybe and British Airways. The former uses this airport as its hub. Other major airlines that use this airport as a hub include Thomas Cook Airline, EasyJet, Jet2 and Thomson Airways.




The present site of the Glasgow Airport, in Abbotsinch was opened in 1932 as a base for the Royal Air Force 602 Squadron Wapiti IIA aircraft. On 11 August 1943, the area became a naval base. The Royal Navy left in October 1963. The Sanderling Bar at the airport serves as a reminder of this period in the History of the Glasgow International Airport.


When the Glasgow Corporation decided that an airport was required for the city, the original site of this project was approximately 3 kilometers of Abbotsinch. This area is currently Renfrew’s Dean Park. Abbotsinch became the site of the new Glasgow Airport in 1966. The building with was conceptualized by Basil Spence was completed that year and a British European Airways flight arriving from Edinburgh, Scotland became the first commercial flight to arrive at the airport on the 2 May 1966. On the 27 June 1966, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the airport. However, the Glasgow airport was only allowed to handle domestic traffic as well as European flights whilst the Glasgow Prestwick airport monopolized the transatlantic traffic. The British Airports Authority (BAA) took over the management of the Glasgow International Airport in 1975.


Upon the subsequent privatization of British Airports Authority in the 1980s, Glasgow Airport started offering flights to destinations the world over. By doing so, it relegated the Prestwick to the background, catering for low cost airlines, charter operators and freight. The BAA finalized its work redeveloping a satellite building to provide a check in facility solely meant to serve low cost airlines, mainly Virgin Atlantic Airways, Aer Lingus and Thomas Cook Airlines. Glasgow handled over 5.5million passengers in 1996 becoming the fourth largest airport in the United Kingdom.

Despite the recent rise of Edinburgh Airport to become the biggest airport in Scotland, Glasgow still maintains an edge in long haul and intercontinental routes. This is largely due to Glasgow’s longer runway, which enables to adequately accommodate extremely large aircraft such as the Boeing 777 or the Airbus A340. The Royal Air Force maintains a unit at the Glasgow International Airport for training of university students’ intent on joining the RAF. In October last year, an agreement was reached between Heathrow Airport Holdings and a consortium comprising of the Ferrovial and Macquarie group for the sale of the airport for £1 billion.



Glasgow International airport serves aircraft belonging to over 27 airlines using its Terminals 1 and 2. Both terminals handle long and short haul flights to destinations across Europe, Asia and Africa. Despite the political issues involved with any intended expansion of the Glasgow Airport, the airport has been growing steadily over the past five years. Glasgow International also handles cargo flights by operated Swiftair, which operates FedEx Feeder aircrafts.


The Glasgow international Airport has been the recipient of various awards including:

·         The prestigious award for exceptional business performance. The Airport won the accolade as ‘Outstanding Performing Business With Over 25 Staff’ at the 11th annual Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce business (ROCCO) awards on the 17 of November 2014.

·         Glasgow Airport was honored for customer service excellence at the Glasgow Business Awards held in October 2014.


Routes and Destinations

Glasgow International Airport carries over 7.4 million passengers annually. These passengers travel to various routes globally. These routes include Dubai, Amsterdam, Toronto, London and Newark. GLA’s busiest domestic route is the London Heathrow airport and the Dubai International Airport is its busiest international route.


How to Check-In

There are various ways to check in at the Gatwick International Airport. Apart from online or web check in provided by various airlines serving this airport, passengers can also make use of the Self Check in kiosks at the airport or use the check in service counter with friendly airport and airline staff ready to assist passengers.Different airlines have varied times for check in. For example Aer Arran is 2 hours whilst Air Transat commences check in 4 hours before departure.

Baggage and Allowance

The required baggage allowance are provided by the airlines. Ensure that you find out ahead of time to prevent paying for excess luggage. There are four weigh ahead luggage-weighing systems at the airport you can check your baggage and avoid excess luggage costs.



The various airlines provide options for passengers wishing to choose a seat in accordance with their selected travel plans.

Booking Fee

Glasgow International Airport provides a platform for intending passengers to make payments and flight reservations. However, airlines and travel agencies provide an online platform for passengers to make bookings and reservations online.

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 Airport Contact Details

Glasgow International Airport

St Andrew´s Drive,
Glasgow Airport,
PA3 2SW,

Tel:+44 (0)870 0400008
Fax:+44 (0)141 8484825


British Airports Authority ( BAA Limited )

 Location Details

Longitude:4° 25' 59'' W
Latitude:55° 52' 0'' N

 Airport Location

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