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, the Commonwealth Games 2014, the World Gymnastics Championships 2015, the Open Golf Championship 2016 and the 2018 European Sports Championships.

Major reasons to serve this airport

  • As Scotland’s largest city Glasgow is well placed to support outbound traffic on a year round basis thanks to its large population and economic prominence. Given that Glasgow is well positioned to enjoy all of Scotland’s stunning scenery
  • Glasgow has an international reputation for being an event city and was proud to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Ryder Cup Opening Gala also took place in the city. These landmark events have spawned a whole host of international conferences and events since choosing Glasgow as their event location. In 2018 Glasgow also co-hosts the European Sports Championships with the city of Berlin.
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Lufthansa commenced a new 5 times per week service from Glasgow to its Munich hub on October 30th 2017. Lufthansa will compliment this with a new daily service to its Frankfurt hub from Glasgow commencing 26th March 2018.

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:

  • Dedicated Scottish based Travel Trade Manager
  • Dedicated Scottish travel trade databases
  • Large, easily segment able passenger database
  • Print and digital airport magazine
  • Partnership marketing with local press and radio stations
  • Advertising opportunities within airport-city express bus
  • Messaging within terminal on screens
  • Option to join the airport led destination campaigns
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Glasgow’s annual 3 million visitors are spending some £700 million in the area. To extend the city’s current conference and event facilities, the new 12,000 seater SSE Hydro Arena opened in 2014 offering Scotland’s largest event space. Extensive 24hr bus, coach and rail services facilitate the short 8 mile trip from the city to the airport.

to extend the city’s current conference and event facilities, the new 12,000 seater SSE Hydro Arena opened in 2014 offering Scotland’s largest event space. Extensive 24hr bus, coach and rail services facilitate the short 8 mile trip from the city 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
E-mail: steven.marshall@glasgowairport.com