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LocationGlasgow 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 airlines.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – 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 with ease.

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 here to know more.

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.

  Special service – 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 stays.

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.

- 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.

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