Glasgow Airport, unofficially known as Glasgow International Airport and formerly known as Glasgow Abbotsinch Airport, is a major international airport serving Scotland. It is located 11 kilometres west of Glasgow's city centre. Previously owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings, Glasgow Airport is now owned and operated by AGS Airports. It resides at an elevation of 26 feet (eight metres) above mean sea level, and is a hub for Loganair.
Glasgow Airport's main passenger terminal consists of three piers: the west pier, central pier, and east pier. The Central Pier is used for domestic operations. To the end of the pier is the 1971 extension, where British Airways is based. The Central Pier is also used by Flybe, and contains a BA Executive Club lounge. The East Pier was constructed in the mid-1970s. It was initially built for international operations, but has been redeveloped for use by EasyJet, Loganair, and Aer Lingus, as well as for charter flights. The East Pier is also used for most flights to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Lastly, the West Pier was built as part of the extension project in 1989. It is the primary international and long haul departure point.
There is a satellite building called T2, formerly the St. Andrews Building, opened in June 2004. It is located adjacent to the main terminal. T2 is the dedicated check-in facility for low-cost airlines, primarily for Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines. T2 features one of the most sophisticated baggage screening systems in the world.
Services and Facilities
The terminals are fully equipped with facilities and services to cater to passengers. For those in need of cash, Glasgow Airport has plenty of ATMs before and after security. The machines at the airport accept all valid UK bank and building society cards without surcharge, as well as major credit cards. All ATMs at the terminals issue cash in multiples of 20.
The prayer room is located on the first floor of the departures concourse. The area is quiet, welcomes passengers of all faiths and denominations, and is open 24 hours a day.
Smoking in enclosed public spaces in Scotland is strictly prohibited. The designated smoking areas are outside the terminal, and are clearly signposted.
Glasgow Airport is also well-equipped for families and individuals travelling with children. There are a number of clean baby changing areas, located in the following places: the main check-in hall opposite the escalator, at the end of the foodcourt on the first floor, in the check in hall at T2, and in areas after security: on the first floor near Starbucks, beside the Tennents Bar, beside the Beardmore Bar, beside the British Airways lounge, and at gates 1-3 and 10-11. Play areas for young children is located after security on the international pier. Puzzle tables are provided next to seating areas in several locations in the terminal. There is a Boots Pharmacy where you can purchase baby foods, formula milk, nappies, and wipes. It is possible to pre-order for family essential items, five working days before travelling. This leaves you free to prepare other things without having to worry about the family essential items prior to arriving at the airport.
There are plenty of dining and drinking options at Glasgow Airport. Restaurants include Caledonia Bar & Restaurant, Frankie & Benny's Fresh Food Central, Mozzo Coffee House, and The Sandpiper. Those who intend to go shopping wouldn't be disappointed either, as the airport carries designer brands at reasonable prices. Shops include Swarovski, Tesco Express, Victoria's Secret, The Fashion Place, and Sunglass Hut.