Glasgow International Airport
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Glasgow International Airport is located 8 miles west of
Glasgow. It is very close to the towns of Paisley and Renfrew. The main
approach to the airport is off junction 28 of the M8 motorway. In this way
one can get to the airport in just about 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre.
Know your Airport - Glasgow Airport
is the busiest of Scotland's three main international airports. It is the
largest international airport in Scotland, and the fifth largest in the
United Kingdom. Glasgow International Airport is the first
airport in Scotland to serve 1 million plus passengers in one month. The
airport is owned by BAA plc, which owns several of the United Kingdom's
major airports like Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted etc. The airport handles
traffic from 80 destinations and continues to give service to almost 40
– The terminal has three piers, all of which are equipped with
air bridges and their own world shopping areas. The central pier which
was part of the original 1966 building is now used exclusively for
domestic destinations, and is largely occupied by both British Airways
and bmi. The East Pier, constructed in the mid '70s was initially
used for international flights. The West Pier, built as an integral
part of the 1989 expansion project is the main international and long
haul exit point. T2 has been operational since 2004. it has better
parking spaces, large size and greater capacity to handle passengers
Transit systems – There is only 1 terminal. There is
no dedicated transit system in the airport.
Inside the terminals – The domestic arrival area is
located on the right side of the ground floor public area. The international
arrival area is on the left side of the same. Check-in is situated
in the middle of the ground floor concourse. Both the International
and domestic departures can be found on the first floor. For the international
flights, the check-in is 2 hours before departure. The same applies
for European flights. The comparatively mild rush for domestic flights
has resulted in the check-in time being reduced to 1 hour before departure.
Boarding by and large begins just about 45 minutes before departure.
T2 was opened in June 2004 and was developed at a cost of £12
million. It has a total check in capacity of 24. T2 has one of the
world's most stylish baggage screening systems. It has 4 new aircraft
parking stands. In the final phase of development, T2 will be linked
with the main terminal building by a covered walkway.
Safety - Enhanced security measures are enforced
so certain items are a strictly banned from the airports. It is advised
that one should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with
particular airline before packing. Some items like scissors, blades,
knives, needles and even pool cues/darts are not allowed while traveling.
Syringes that are required for diabetics and other medical reasons
are only allowed in hand luggage if they can be proven as a medical
necessity. The policies for cylinders, magnets, fire-lighters, poisons
and radioactive materials are strict. These measures ensure that nothing
gets past the airport without permission.
Business facilities – There are several executive lounges
in Glasgow airport's departure areas. They provide ample opportunity
to relax before flying. Travelers can enjoy facilities which include
complimentary beverages and light snacks, a selection of newspapers
and magazines. Access to television, phone and fax facilities is also
given. Many of these lounges are non-smoking areas. A business centre
is also operated by Paisley and District Chamber of Commerce. It provides
meeting rooms, conference and training facilities, secretarial support
etc. For the business traveler who wants to enjoy his privacy and
still be able to communicate with clients, there are workspaces. These
offer payphone, pay-fax and modem facilities. These workspaces can
usually be found on the first floor concourse. Click
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Family interests – Baby care facilities are available
in the first floor main public area, in the international departures
lounge & international departures pier and in the international
baggage reclaim hall. Almost all the toilets have good baby changing
units. For young children, there are plenty of options to be entertained,
while adults can explore the airport. Children's play areas can be
found on the first floor main concourse, in the international departures
lounge and in the international departures pier. The airport authorities
have placed puzzle tables at various locations throughout the terminal
building. Eat-outs offer a wide choice of food and plenty of room.
There are many takeaway and snack options throughout the terminal.
Shops throughout the airport sell gifts and toys for children. The
ground floor of the Main Terminal has many cafes and good restaurants.
The options in the first floor are even better with bars located beside
the departure piers.
– Facilities for travelers with special needs include reserved
seating areas in the airport which have low level flight information
screens, induction loop, arm rests on chairs, spaces for wheelchair
users and Help Phones. There are many accessible toilets available
throughout the airport. For travelers requiring further help, help
points are located in car parks, outside as well as inside the terminal.
Some credit card telephones are adapted for hearing aids. These are
available in all parts of the airport. Signs are painted in black
on yellow background to provide most favorable contrast for the visually
impaired. Clearly signed blue badge parking is available in many car
parks on the airport. Glasgow Airport has partnered
with Unity, a local charity addressing issues of social, economic
and cultural exclusion. Volunteers of Unity provide guidance and support
for young people as well as adults.
Parking options – Short Stay Parking is ideal for dropping
off or picking up travelers. Long stay parking is perfect for longer
Extra information - BAA has proposed more developments at
Glasgow Airport. With passengers number poised for
growth, the plan discusses the need for the airport to facilitate
the increasing demand for international flights.
Leaving from Glasgow airport – If you are
planning to leave Glasgow Airport by train, then
Paisley's Gilmour Street railway station is the nearest to the airport.
It is only two miles from the terminal. There are many public buses
that depart from the front of the terminal building. There are several
frequent services to Glasgow city centre which have drop off points
at various locations in the city. If you are searching for a little
bit of privacy then you can find a taxi rank located at the front
of the terminal building.
Essentials - At the Main Terminal, one can find
many cash dispensers which are available both before and after security
search. There are toilet facilities throughout the ground floor. Have any
questions; consult the information desk in the main check in area just opposite
to the check in desks. The postal services can be obtained in the first
floor of the Main Terminal building. The second floor of the Main Terminal
has an Airport Chapel. This is open always for passengers of all denominations.
Lifts to 1st and ground floor also available.
Airlines operating from Glasgow airport
||Aer Lingus, Air Berlin,
Air Malta, Air Scotland, Air Transat, American Airlines, bmi, bmibaby,
British Airways, BA Connect, Loganair, BritishJET, Continental Airlines,
easyJet, Emirates, Flybe, First Choice Airways, Flyglobespan, Helios
Airways, Icelandair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM Cityhopper, Pakistan
International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, US Airways, Zoom Airlines
etc. Many holiday airlines operate from Glasgow International Airport
and some of the prominent ones First Choice Airways, Britannia Airways,
Excel Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, MyTravel Airways, Monarch Airlines,
Futura Airlines, Spanair and Balkan Holidays.