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.
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.
Marketing and other support
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
- 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
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
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.
Tel: +44 0141 848 4645
- 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
- 2011 passenger estimation: 7 million
- Percentage of business passengers: 35%
- Percentage of leisure travellers: 65%