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 and The Open Golf Championship 2016.

Major reasons to serve this airport

ACI Europe has labelled Glasgow Airport one of Europe’s fastest growing airports in the 6 months from January 2015. Also voted Scottish Airport of the Year 2015 at the Transport Awards.

Glasgow – Scotland’s largest city

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and metropolitan area. Over 40% of Scotland’s population live in the Glasgow Metropolitan area, a total figure of 2.3 million people.

Glasgow – Scotland’s economic capital

The Glasgow metropolitan area is home to over 17,000 business. The region’s economy is diverse and based across many sectors including Finance, Engineering, Renewable Energy and Whisky industries. The size of the region’s population and the number of businesses in the area helps support year round traffic demand to ensure Glasgow operations can be successful on a year round basis.

The city’s specialisms in Engineering and Research have helped creative a significant year round conference market with over 150,000 delegates attending the city in 2014, many of which are from Europe, Asia, and North America. Glasgow also has Scotland’s largest conference venues.

Glasgow – gateway to all of Scotland

Glasgow is often referred to as the “Gateway to Scotland” due to the fact that it is the closest city to the geographical start of the Scottish Highlands (30 minutes from city to mountains and lochs at Loch Lomond National Park) and the fact that many typical Scottish experiences such as Whisky distillery tours and Scotland’s famous castles can be experienced from Glasgow.

Glasgow itself is a wonderful city to visit which offers a blend of Victorian and Georgian architecture sat alongside modern glass inventions. The plentiful museums, which are free to enter, the renowned works of architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the excellent designer shopping in Glasgow is what draws people to the city. In fact shopping in Glasgow is famed as being the best in Scotland and second best in the UK after London.

The recent hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the city has helped propel Glasgow to a whole new level on the world stage and has led to further events such as the World Gymnastics Championships, MTV Europe Music Awards and much more being hosted in the city and encouraging a massive increase in the inbound tourism market.

Glasgow – gateway to championship golf

Within 1 hour of Glasgow City there are over 90 golf courses including the host course for the 2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles. The Turnberry Resort, now in the ownership of Donald Trump is one of Scotland’s most famous courses and is easily reached also. Glasgow is the closest airport to the host course for the 2016 Open Golf Championship, this is being held at Royal Troon.

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 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.

By leveraging the valued inputs of its different local stakeholders to provide marketing support, Team Glasgow has delivered new route success after new route success – including Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Las Vegas seasonal service which began in September 2015.

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
Glasgow Airport routes

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
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. Over the past two years the airport has invested heavily in transforming the look of the check in hall, international arrivals and departures.


  • Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city with the population of Glasgow metropolitan area being 2.3 million people.
  • Glasgow Airport is strategically placed for the main tourist attractions of Scotland including Glasgow City Centre (15 mins), Loch Lomond (30 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 American Airlines, Ryanair)
  • 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

Vital statistics

  • 2015 passenger estimation: 8.7 million
  • Percentage of business passengers: 35%
  • Percentage of leisure travellers: 65%
  • Glasgow Airport is home to over 30 airlines serving in excess of 100 direct destinations