Glasgow International Airport is located 8 miles west of Glasgow city centre.
BAA own the airport as well as five other UK Airports including Edinburgh Airport.
Based at Glasgow International Airport are BMI Regional, EasyJet, Flybe and Loganair, Jet2, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways, and the airport also houses maintenance facilities for British Airways.
It is the second busiest airport in Scotland, after Edinburgh Airport, and the eighth busiest airport in the United Kingdom.
Glasgow Int. Airport - Wikimedia Commons
These two flight trackers above from www.flightradar24.com and www.heathrow-london.co.uk/airport display the current position of aircraft over the UK with details of the type of aircraft, airline, flight number, registration, route, destination, altitude, and speed.
The Google map on the right shows an aerial view of the Airport and road map.
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Glasgow Int. Airport
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A Royal Air Force station was established in the 1930s. In 1940 a torpedo training unit was formed and in 1943 it became a Royal Navy base called HMS Sanderling. In the 1950s, the airfield housed a large aircraft storage unit, and squadrons of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. The Royal Navy left in 1963.
A new airport was designed by Basil Spence and built in the 1960s and completed in 1966. Prestwick Airport enjoyed a monopoly over transatlantic traffic while Glasgow Airport was only allowed to handle UK and European traffic.
BAA (British Airports Authority) took ownership of the airport in 1975. BAA was privatised in the late 1980s and it sold Prestwick Airport. This meant that the newly named Glasgow International Airport could handle international flights and transatlantic operators moved from Prestwick to Glasgow Inernational. In 1989, there was a massive redevelopment of the airport with an extended terminal building. An international departure lounge and pier was added. In 2003, built a dedicated check-in facility. In 2007, a security screening area (Skyhub) was created.
Today, the airport has three piers, West (International), Central (Domestic), and East (Low-cost, Ireland & Scottish islands). Further growth is hampered by the M8 motorway to the south, River Clyde to the north, and the town of Renfrew to the east. Glasgow International also faces stiff competition from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which has reinvented itself as a low-cost hub for budget airlines and which has a direct rail link to Central Glasgow.
The Royal Air Force also has a unit based within the airport - The Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron - to provide flying training to university students who plan to join the RAF.
Getting to Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow Airport is situated around eight miles from the centre of Glasgow and can easily be reached from the M8 motorway (junction 28).The Sat Nav postcode is PA3 2SW.
The nearest rail station to the airport is Paisley Gilmour Street, which is just one mile from the terminal and easily reached by taxi or bus (services 66 and 300).
First's Glasgow Shuttle provides you with the most direct service between the airport and Glasgow city centre with links to Glasgow's two main rail stations – Central and Queen Street – and the main bus terminus, Buchanan Bus Station.
Coaches to destinations around Scotland and the UK, run by operators including National Express and Scottish CityLink, call at Buchanan Bus Station in central Glasgow.
Glasgow Airport taxis are available 24 hours a day to any destination and any distance. The taxi rank is at the front of the terminal building. Only taxis licensed by Renfrewshire Council may pick up from the rank.
Car parking at Glasgow Airport is of a high standard, offering secure car parks close to the airport terminal with an efficient transfer service. There is a Long stay, Short stay, and Fast Track Parking. See official Glasgow International Airport website.
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