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Glasgow Airport Guide


Glasgow International Airport is Scotland's busiest airport and handles over 7 million passengers every year. It is the country’s major international gateway to more than 90 destinations across the globe. The airport is currently owned and managed by the Heathrow Airport Holdings which has announced the sale of the airport in early October this year. Ferrovial of Spain and Macquarie of Australia have jointly decided to acquire the airport along with the Aberdeen and Southampton airports.

Glasgow airport was officially opened in the year 1966 by Queen Elizabeth II. It was only after the taking over of the management by the BAA later that the airport went through a massive redevelopment phase. A fully equipped terminal building, a distinctive style of architecture that added style, a dedicated satellite building for low cost airlines were all parts of the project undertaken by the BAA. Today, the airport is one of the best international airports in the United Kingdom dare we say the planet.

The airport is located 8.5 miles away from the city center and takes about 20 minutes to drive down from the city. It is situated in close proximity to the town of Paisley and the closest train station to the airport is also the one in Paisley. Private Coaches and taxis connect the airport to the city at frequent intervals.

The airport has a single terminal building that has all facilities such as currency exchange counters, baby rooms, restrooms, short and long stay parking areas, disabled access and payphones. Located within one mile from the airport are the hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Ramada that offer comfortable stop over for passengers.

For shopping, the airport offers a short but superb range of stores. The World Duty Free at the Glasgow International Airport comes up with some great seasonal offers every year. The store is home to a great collection of fragrances, cosmetics, fashion accessories and spirits. Tesco Express has everything from fresh fruits to ready-made meals. It is the airport’s own supermarket that works around the clock. For all last minute purchases and travel accessories, the airport has WHSmith stores in both arrival and departure lounges.

If shopping is not your cup of tea and all that you want to do is unwind before a long haul flight, the airport has some classic refreshment options for it's passengers. Eatery at the airport are Mozzo Coffee House, Starbucks, The Sandpiper and the Central Sports Grill and Bar.

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