Glasgow Airport Overview
Glasgow International Airport is the second busiest facility in Scotland with an annual air traffic rate of approximately 7.5 million passengers. Owned by the BAA, the airport contains 38 gates and plans for expansion and redevelopment are under consideration with expected growth to reach 24 million by 2030. Patrons using Glasgow Airport have access to year round flight schedules for travel to the U.S., Canada, major European cities, resorts and favourite holiday destinations in the Caribbean.
Glasgow International, airport code GLA, is located 13 km south-west of the Glasgow city centre near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire. The M8 Motorway provides access for motorists driving to the airport.
The airport is divided into three dedicated piers:
East for low cost carriers such as Easyjet, Aer Lingus and Loganair.
Central for domestic routes serviced by Flybe and BMI.
West for international travel and long haul carriers.
Travellers will find a wide selection of food and beverage services before and after the security check. Foreign currency exchange booths are staffed during regular flight schedules. Wi-Fi Internet access requires establishing an account through www.boingo.com.
Glasgow Airport Parking
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Several short stay car parks including a multi-storey structure are located within a short walk from the terminal. For drop-offs or a quick business trips, the Fast Track option located on level 2 of Car Park 2 connects through a covered passageway directly to the security checkpoint. The long stay car park is serviced by a courtesy shuttle that brings passengers to the terminal in 10 minutes. All car park lots at GLA may be pre-booked online for discounted rates.
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Six car hire company desks may be found on the ground floor of the terminal near the UK arrivals point. Car rental may be prearranged with Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo or Budget through their websites or international offices.
Glasgow Airport Hotels
The Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport is within walking distance to the terminal and provides comfortable modern rooms. Guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and access to Wi-Fi Internet. Helpful staff members provide currency exchange services and express check-out.
The Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel, located in Paisley offers a convenient location with complimentary airport shuttle service and free parking. A full restaurant and bar are available for guests who may purchase breakfast and Internet service.
Complimentary airport transportation is provided by the Normandy Hotel located in Renfrew. Special packages include free car parking during holiday travel and special meal rates. Free Wi-Fi is provided and staff members assist with tour advice and translation services.
Flight schedules from Easyjet include travel to Paris, Geneva, Malaga and London Gatwick. Loganair and Flybe service destinations in Scotland and the U.K. To reach the U.S., Continental Airlines flies regularly to New York and US Airways covers Philadelphia. Thomas Airways offers a large selection of flights including Geneva, Naples, Rhodes, Cancun and other holiday favourites. Dubai, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto are also directly accessible from Gatwick Airport.
Public transport options at Glasgow Airport include the rail station at Paisley Gilmour Street located 1.6 km from the airport. Taxi and the Arriva bus service connect passengers with the station. The ScotRail system interconnects with destinations throughout Scotland and the U.K. Click here to check the train timetables
The Glasgow Flyer Airport Express, a dedicated airport transport bus, provides continual service to the terminal from the city centre. Buses run every 10 minutes and take 15 minutes to reach the airport. The bus system also services major city hotels, the Queen Street rail station and the Strathclyde University campus. Click here to check the National Express coaches timetable.
There are several taxi companies in the Glasgow area that can take you to and from Glasgow Airport. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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