Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport, also known by its international airport code of GLA, is a major aviation hub and base that is located in scenic Scotland, which happens to be a part of the United Kingdom. The airport serves as the gateway to the Greater Glasgow metropolitan area and is the primary international access airport into and out of the country. The company British Airport Authority holds ownership of and manages the airport in addition to 5 other airports located in the United Kingdom.
History of the Airport
GLA opened its doors to the public in 1966 marked by an unforgettable appearance made by Her Majesty the Queen. The airport started out just handling passengers who were flying within the U.K. and Europe. That first year, GLA facilitated an impressive 1.5 million customers and 34,000 aircraft takeoffs and landings. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the airport extended its reach to facilitate global flights. In 2004, the airport reached a major milestone in its history, as it became the very first airport in the country to facilitate over 1 million customers in just 1 month.
Glasgow International Airport Features
GLA is very accommodating to its passengers and is open for business 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The airport has one main runway that extends approximately 8,720 feet in length. It includes 2 terminals, one major terminal and an additional check in facility terminal. The airport accommodates approximately 30 airlines and 80,000 aircraft takeoffs and landings each year.
GLA offers many safe and secure options for parking to its customers, including long-stay parking, short-stay parking, and fast track parking. Long stay parking is perfect for those going on longer or extended trips, short stay parking is perfect for those going on weekend or short business trips and fast track parking is perfect for passengers who are in a rush to get to the gate. Parking areas are conveniently located near to the terminals and the airport has a transfer service available that will get you to where you need to be in very little time.
Other services and facilities provided by GLA include an airport hotel, shopping options, food options, lounges for guests, a state of the art baggage screening system, currency exchange services and much more.
GLA is an airport that strives for only the highest standards and has been the proud recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Award for Scotland’s Health at Work in 2004, the Overall best Renfrewshire business in 2005, the Best UK airport in 2006 and the CIPR Scotland Pride Award for Crisis Communications in 2007.
The airport is pivotal in the country’s tourist industry and constantly looks to the future, fully committing itself to increasing the number of visitors to the region over the long term. GLA recognizes the importance of customer service and is dedicated to delivering the highest standards and service. To meet the needs of its passengers and contribute to the prosperity of the regional economy, GLA is constantly striving to achieve sustainable and responsible development of the airport, increasing business as well as tourism opportunities and creating new jobs.
Today, GLA is the second busiest airport in the country and the eighth busiest in the U.K. offering direct flights to many of the major countries. The airport managed almost 6.9 million passengers with flights to approximately 90 global destinations in 2011, a 5.1 percent rise in comparison to the results for the previous year. The airport sees many international travelers with more than 50% of passengers arriving at and departing from the airport traveling to and from international destinations.
Airlines Serving Glasgow Airport
Glasgow International Airport is well connected to the rest of the United Kingdom and British Isles thanks to the service from some of the best U.K. airlines. The U.K. flag carrier British Airways connects Scotland’s second busiest airport with London Gatwick Airport and London Heathrow Airport, the two busiest airports in the United Kingdom. Passengers can board the massive British Airways fleet of Boeing and Airbus jets from Terminal 1 at Glasgow International Airport.
Scotland’s most populous city is served by some of the largest charter airlines in the world. The British carriers Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways link Glasgow to popular resort destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, North Africa, and even the Americas. However, about half of the flights offered by these two giant charter airlines are available only during specific seasons. Thomas Cook Airlines service is offered at Terminal 2 while Thomson Airways operates in Terminal 1.
The Turkish resort city of Antalya, Spain’s Balearic Islands and Canary Islands, Malta, and Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh are all accessible via these busy British charter airlines. Greek islands, and southern parts of Spain, France, and Italy are also on the list of Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Providing direct flights to Orlando and Las Vegas, Thomas Cook Airlines is one of the few carriers to connect Glasgow with the United States.
The second largest airline in the United Kingdom connects Glasgow International Airport with three of the major airports in England’s capital city. EasyJet offers direct service to London Luton Airport, London Stansted Airport, and London Gatwick Airport. EasyJet also connects Glasgow with the city of Bristol in England. European capital cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris are also on the list of EasyJet flights.
Flybe connects Glasgow to more U.K. destinations than any other airline. This English low cost carrier operates direct trips to large cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, Leeds, Cardiff, and Belfast. Several destinations within Scotland and Ireland are also available through this busy low cost carrier. Jersey and Isle of Man are also accessible through Flybe. You can board the fleet of Flybe from Terminal 1 at Glasgow International Airport.
Aer Lingus Regional connects Scotland’s biggest city to two of the largest cities in Ireland. Operating in Terminal 1, the Irish flag carrier provides flights to Cork and Dublin.
Major international airlines serving Glasgow International Airport include Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.