Glasgow Airport

Located 11 km west of Glasgow’s city centre, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s main long-haul airport. It is also one of the busiest international airports anywhere in the UK.  It’s found near Renfrew in Renfrewshire, making it easily accessible for Scotland’s busiest travellers.

Glasgow Airport accommodated more than 8.1 million passengers in 2008; making it Scotland’s second busiest airport.  In July 2004, it became Scotland’s first airport to handle more than a million passengers in a single month.

Glasgow Airport is owned by BAA, the company which also owns Gatwick, Heathrow, Southampton, Stansted, Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports.  Glasgow is home to Logonair, a prominent Scottish regional airline. Loganair currently operates hangar facilities at Glasgow; their head office is also located there. In addition, British Airways operates a maintenance hangar at Glasgow.

Glasgow Airport was first officially opened in June, 1966, although unofficially, the terminal had opened in May.  In that first year, the airport accommodated 1.5 million travellers and 34,000 airplane / jet movements, an astounding pair of feats for an airport in its first year.

More recently, Glasgow Airport completed a long-anticipated expansion of its terminal. It opened to passengers in October 2008. Although not currently under construction, several more expansion proposals are being considered as the airport continues its growth.

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