Glasgow Airport, formerly called Glasgow Abbotsinch Airport and also known as Glasgow International Airport, is a public international airport that serves the Greater Glasgow area in Scotland. It is located approximately 11km west of Glasgow city centre. In 2013, it was able to handle 7.4 million passengers, which makes it the second busiest airport in Scotland after Edinburgh Airport, and the eighth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. The airport is owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings, which also owns and operates three other UK airports, but solely operated by Glasgow Airport Limited. The airport has only one runway designated 05/23 with length of 2,665 metres or 8,743 feet, on a grooved asphalt surface.
Glasgow International Airport only has one terminal with three piers: with the West pier catering to International flights, the Central pier which caters to Domestic flights, and the East pier catering to the low-cost carriers, and Ireland and Scottish Islands flights. The Central Pier was part of the original 1966 building, while the East pier constructed in mid-1970s and the West pier built as part of the 1989 extension project.
What to see & do
The biggest city in Scotland is also known as one of Britain’s best live music scenes. In 2008, Glasgow became the second Scottish city to have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities when it was named as a UNESCO City of Music, joining Bologna and Seville. In addition, having been awarded with European titles of City of Culture (1990), City of Architecture and Design (1999), and Capital of Sport (2003), Glasgow has become one of the most visited cities in the British Isles. Over the years, Glasgow has evolved into one of Britain’s most intriguing metropolis. Imagine Victorian and Edwardian buildings interspersed alongside with stylish bars and top-notch restaurants. A renaissance city with an edgy glow, Glasgow reinvents your travel within the city with its revitalised city centre, excellent parks, vibrant nightlife, and easy access to the Highlands and Islands.
Glasgow is a city with a fine legacy of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. For this, you should not miss the Glasgow Cathedral, which is a fine example of Gothic architecture that dates back from medieval times. It was built on a site that was first consecrated in 379 AD. You should also not miss the City Chambers, which was built in 1888 in the Italian Renaissance style and serves as the headquarters of Glasgow City Council. If you want to visit an area of Georgian town houses, visit the Park Circus located atop the hill across Kelvingrove Park. The houses are laid in a pattern reminiscent of the English city of Bath. If you want to see an extensive plant collection all over the world, visit the Botanic Gardens located at the West End.
For the last 20 years, Glasgow reigned supreme in the music scene. Chances are if you are here, you should visit some of the reputed music venues such as Nice n Sleazy, which plays a variety of alternative/rock/punk. Maggie May’s, a pub and a restaurant, also has a lively programme that plays upcoming bands.
How to get around within Glasgow
You can roam around the city of Glasgow via a choice of taking a bus or a train. First Glasgow serves as the main operator within the city boundary, making its round at least every 10 minutes on main routes during the day, and is one of the best ways of getting into the centre of the town. Meanwhile, suburban trains radiate from Central and Queen Street stations from the suburbs to the surrounding towns, deemed as the largest in the UK outside London. However, the easiest way to get into the centre would be by taxi, which you can hail on the street or you can privately hire at a cost.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach Glasgow International Airport via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights. The airport is being served by airlines such as Aer Lingus Regional, Air Transat, British Airways, Citywing, EasyJet, Emirates, Flybe, Germanwings, Icelandair, KLM, Niki, Onur Air, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, United Airlines, and Wizz Air. The aforementioned airlines serve a number of destinations within Europe and North America.