Glasgow Airport (GLA/EGPF)

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Located within a 4.2 million catchment, the 'Second City of the British Empire' and financial centre is visited by some 3 million people annually. Glasgow is also a focal point of culture and sports, attracting major events such as the World Pipe Band Championships 2011 and the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Major reasons to serve this airport

Fourth largest city in the UK

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city by far and indeed the fourth largest city in the UK. The population of Glasgow city is currently close to 595,000 versus 449,000 for the next biggest city Edinburgh. Overall, including the suburban areas of Glasgow the total population is 2.2 million people.

Propensity to fly

In Scotland, there is a total of nearly 25% more terminal passengers and over 250% more airport movements per resident population compared to the UK. Last year, there were over 20 million passengers in Scotland.


Glasgow is often referred to as the “Gateway to Scotland” due to the sheer number of the country’s most popular attractions that are closer to Glasgow than any other Scottish city. There are regular links to Scotland’s scenic West Coast islands such as Harris, Lewis & Jura while the much visited Loch Lomond National Park is on the doorstep of the city. There are championship golf courses in abundance too with Royal Troon, Turnberry, Loch Lomond & Gleneagles all within 1 hour drive. Scottish heritage is all around with the likes of Stirling and Eilean Donan Castles, while Victorian Glasgow itself holds a multitude of attractions being home to many museums and art galleries – including Scotland’s most visited free attraction the Kelvingrove Art Gallery – plus a vibrant nightlife and some of the best shopping in the UK.

Business and Economics

Business Conferences & Events: Conferences are big business in Glasgow attracting approximately 97,000 delegates in the financial year ending March 2011 with demand for conferences in the city driven by the two main universities and their excellence in medicine, sciences, renewable energy and engineering. Glasgow is presently second in the UK for conferences and 29th on a global scale and is hoping to extend its conferences sector further in 2014 with the opening of the new 13,000 seat Scottish Hydro Arena, the largest event space in Scotland.

'Wall Street on Clyde': Glasgow is one of Europe's top financial cities and home to the Glasgow Stock Exchange, contributing to a total of 40% of Scotland's economic wealth (£38 million). Key industries include energy, conferences, finance, manufacturing and food & drink. The cities' universities also attract some 170,000 students, many of which from overseas. Hollywood productions such as Brad Pitt's World War Z are also discovering Glasgow as the ideal filming location to stand-in for cities in the US. Glasgow is also perfectly placed to access the scenic west Coast Islands, Highland Castles and Whisky Trails of Scotland.

Energy: With over 40 years experience in oil and gas, energy accounts for 18% of Scotland’s GVA. An area of great opportunity in Scotland lies in the Renewable Energy, which is one of the fastest growing subsectors in Glasgow. Glasgow is home to Europe’s largest wind farm. Ran by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola, the wind farm has just received the go ahead for a £164 million expansion. Scottish and Southern Energy, the UK’s biggest producer of renewable energy, are also to base their renewables headquarters in Glasgow. Investments from Spanish renewable energy firm Gamesa are also on the horizon.

Finance: Employing over 30,000 people in Glasgow, the finance sector has attracted over 50% of the world’s top financial institutions. Glasgow has attracted many top institutions such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Barclays Wealth, Clydesdale Bank (HQ) and Santander. Many of these branches are situated within Glasgow’s International Financial Services District.

Manufacturing and Engineering: Multi-sector manufacturing industry currently excelling in chemicals, aerospace, food & drink and electronics. Many large manufacturing companies are based in Glasgow and trade globally such as Weir Pumps and Clyde Blowers, both specialist suppliers to the oil, gas and renewables industries. Whisky production is also big business in West Scotland with the majority of the country’s distilleries being in the region and exporting huge volumes worldwide.

Glasgow has an international reputation for being an event city and is proud to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The Ryder Cup is also being held in Scotland in 2014 just 45 minutes from Glasgow in Gleneagles.

The £60 million investment paid off: In March 2011, set up its eighth UK base at Glasgow, opening up 9 new routes, and Eastern Airways launched a new route to Stavanger in Norway. Keen on expanding its route network, an extensive tailor-made marketing scheme is available for airlines opening up new routes.

Marketing and other support

 Glasgow Airport places a heavy emphasis on partnership marketing with unique, long standing commercial relationships with local stakeholders such as Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Visit Scotland, Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise.

We also strive to offer ongoing tailored marketing solutions for all of our client airlines utilising key airport channels, such as those listed below, alongside the joint marketing support from Visit Scotland and the city marketing bureau.

Airport marketing channels:

  • Databases and newsletters (35,000+)
  • Digital screens
  • Website
  • Advertising spaces within the terminal
  • PR team involvement for launch and ongoing initiatives
  • Messaging on interior/exterior of the airport to city shuttle bus
  • Partnership marketing with local newspapers and radio stations
Glasgow Airport routes

Glasgow’s annual 3 million visitors are spending some £700 million in the area. In order to extend the city’s current conference and concert facilities, Glasgow plans to open the new Scottish Hydro Arena by 2013, next to the “Armadillo” (Clyde Auditorium). Extensive 24h bus, coach and rail services facilitate the city’s accessibility from and to the airport.

Airport Catchment area

Glasgow Airport has the largest catchment area in Scotland and this position is cemented by the recent road infrastructure projects which have improved access times to the airport.

Glasgow Airport is the only airport in Scotland with its own motorway slip road direct to the airport entry point which makes access quick and simple. Furthermore the recent completion of the M74 and M80 motorway upgrades has reduced journey times for passengers living in north and Central Scotland plus the north of England leading to a wider catchment area and more people choosing to fly from Glasgow Airport.

  • 30 min radius: 1.6 million people
  • 60 min radius: 2.7 million people
  • 120 min radius: 4.4 million people
  • 150 min radius: 5.2 million people
Glasgow Airport freight

Glasgow Airport has excellent freight capabilities and already handles approximately 6,000 tonnes of cargo per year. From the finest Scottish produce such as seafood, salmon and whisky to the USA with United to large scale, high value engineering parts to support oil, gas and renewables industries in the Middle East & Asia Emirates. An excellent opportunity exists at Glasgow for specific freight flights as at present most cargo is carried in the hold of passenger aircraft and a smaller operation also exists with FedEx at Glasgow Airport.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Servisair Cargo and Menzies Cargo have operations at Glasgow plus in Greater Glasgow there are over 50 freight forwarders
  • Glasgow Airport has excellent motorway connections from North England, Central & Northern Scotland
  • Cargo facilities with access to airside areas
  • In terms of demand Greater Glasgow is the hub of engineering, renewable energy, whisky and seafood in Scotland, these are the businesses who are generating demand for cargo services currently.
  • A unique point of difference is the planned introduction of a Government Border Inspection Post at Glasgow Airport, when introduced this will be the only one in Scotland. This facility will make the import of animal products for human and non human consumption in to Scotland a much simpler process as currently these products would need to land in the south of England for screening and transported from there.

Please contact Glasgow Airport for further detailed information.

Steven Marshall
Tel: +44 0141 848 4645

Over the next 10 years, the airport plans to invest an additional £200 million in terminal expansion, surface access, customer experience, and security and airfield facilities, of which £11.2 million are reserved for capital projects.


  • Largest city in Scotland with a population of 592,820, 4th largest in UK with total population of Greater Glasgow being 2.2 million people.
  • Glasgow Airport is strategically placed for the main tourist attractions of Scotland including Glasgow City Centre (15 mins), Loch Lomond (20 mins), West Coast Islands, championship golf courses (20-60 mins), Stirling & Edinburgh Castles (40-50 mins)
  • 8 miles form the city centre of Glasgow
  • Accessible from the M80 and M74, both of which have recently been upgraded to reduce the journey time of passengers by 20-30 minutes. This has expanded the catchment area with more passengers now willing to commute to the airport.
  • Total size of catchment area within 150 minutes is 5.2 million people.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Capacity for up to 15 million passengers per year without further major infrastructure expansion
  • Airlines: 30 (including Emirates, BA, United, easyJet and US Airways)
  • Aircraft Types: Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777; Airbus A310, A330, A340; Dash; Embraer
  • Runways: 1 main runway
  • Runway Length: 2,658m
  • Low scoring code 4 and code 87
  • Facilitates all aircraft up to and including code E

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

Over the past four years the airport has invested over £60 million on developing and improving the airport. Including:

  • £30 million terminal extension, including consolidating security facilities
  • £4 million on public transport, security and customer experience enhancements
  • £20 million improving airfield facilities
  • SkyLounge, the 500sqm airside passenger lounge owned and operated by Glasgow Airport, is open to all airlines

And has over £200 million to invest in the next ten years, including £11.2 million on capital projects to improve customer experience

Vital statistics

  • 2011 passenger estimation: 7 million
  • Percentage of business passengers: 35%
  • Percentage of leisure travellers: 65%