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Glasgow International Airport (GLA) is Scotland’s second busiest airport and lies 8 miles to the west of the city, near to the towns of Paisley and Renfrew. It serves domestic and international passengers including some long haul destinations. The airport is due to be developed to triple its passenger capacity over the next 20 years at a cost of £250 million. It was once the busiest airport in Scotland but passenger numbers have recently been surpassed by Edinburgh Airport.

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Glasgow Airport is a single airport runway which flies to around 90 destinations around the globe including Hong Kong, Miami, Orlando, New York, Kuala Lumpur; with a focus on short haul and seasonal flights. It has a single terminal building which is separated into three piers, which are all connected to the central security area. Further growth of the airport is hampered by its location boarded by a motorway and the River Clyde. For more information about holidays from Glasgog Airport visit our cheap holidays from Scotland page. Glasgow Airport also has a Royal Air Force unit based within the premises; the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron provide flying training to university students who wish to join the RAF.

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Glasgow Airport is a single terminal airport set over three floors, with the terminal being made up of three piers connected to the central SkyHub area which contains security and a large duty free shopping area. The terminal is unique in that when additional space was required, a new structure was built around the original Basil Spense building to preserve the architecture.

The bulk of the shops and facilities for Glasgow Airport departures are now contained in the SkyHub area. There are a range of shops, restaurants and useful services, including a soft play area for small children. There is also a prayer room, a place to watch TV and internet access.

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The airport terminal has three tiers, West, which hosts international flights, Central which handles domestic flights and East, which deals with low cost, Ireland and Scottish internal flights. Glasgow Airport has one onsite hotel; the Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow, which is a two minute walk to the terminal building. The hotel is suitable for disabled passengers and has a bar, restaurant and business facilities. There are also a range of other accommodation options nearby.

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Glasgow airport is easily accessible from the surrounding area. There is a 24hour bus link from Glasgow city centre via the M8 motorway; the service is run by Arriva West Scotland and is called the Glasgow Flyer bus service 500. There are also local bus services to the surrounding area from outside the terminal building as well as good road links for travel by car or taxi.

While there is no direct rail link to Glasgow airport, the nearest rail station, Paisley Gilmour Street, is just one mile from the terminal and there are buses (services 66 and 300) which run to the airport building. Rail tickets to the airport can incorporate the bus fare so if travelling by train, ask for a ticket to the airport.

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  • After the 2007 terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport when a Jeep was driven into the front of the terminal building, taxis which wish to pickup and drop off on the ground floor of the multi storey car park can only wait for 10 minutes. Please bear this in mind when arranging pick-ups with your taxi driver.

  • Glasgow Airport’s Scottish Gaelic name is Port-adhair Eadar- nàiseanta Ghlaschu.