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Basic info and car hire in Glasgow Airport

  • IATA airport code: GLA

  • ICAO airport code: EGPF

  • Full name: Glasgow Airport        

  • Location: Pisley, Renfrewshire, UK

  • Hub for: Flybe, easyJet

  • Website: http://www.glasgowairport.com/

  • Contact: 0044 844 481 5555

  • Owner: AGS Airports

  • Elevation:  26 ft / 8 m

  • Number of runways: 1

About Glasgow Airport

It’s the primary of the airports serving Glasgow, the other being Glasgow Prestwick airport, and the second largest in Scotland after Edinburgh, respectively. Connecting Scotland to Europe but also to the USA, UAE, Turkey and Canada, the airport has grown in its reputation and size – from passengers usage or airline companies that operate there. Last year, nearly 10 million people were accepted at the airport and the number of airline companies surpasses 20. Its most frequent connections are with London airports and Dublin airport, it is also well connected with Glasgow city – a shuttle bus service 500 will take you there directly. The airport has plenty of info points and you can orientate yourself easily – a car hire at Glasgow Airport is an excellent way to start off your vacation, you can book a hotel at the airport or a special shuttle to take you to your preferred location. Continue reading to know more about the handy services offered at the Glasgow airport.

Drive your rental car around Glasgow Airport

The city that never allowed being in anyone’s shadow – not even a comparison with its big brother Edinburgh is not reasonable. It has the largest seaport in Great Britain, it’s an industrial force and a university city. This all indicates there’s a lot for you to see and do – and with a car hire in Glasgow you will be in the position to visit all parts of this stunning city and more! Admire the Glasgow Cathedral, see a football match or just visit the famous Celtic or Ranger stadium. The Pollock country park is worth visiting on a sunny weekend, and after you’ve discovered the numerous museums and got a good look on how the Glaswegians party, hop into your reliable hired vehicle and discover the surrounding area of Glasgow. You will not make a mistake if you visit the famous Loch Ness lake or the frightening Glencoe castle, even a drive to Oban will be worth the effort. There, you will of course be able to acquaint yourself with the best of Scottish whiskey’s, nothing makes a better gift for your friends back home like Oban whiskey!

Services in Glasgow Airport


The Upperdeck Lounge is a colourful and atmospheric place to read a newspaper or finish off the emails whilst waiting on your plane or transfer. You can treat yourself with snacks or beverages, enjoy game consoles or digital TV.


There are several baby-care facilities available before security in the main hall, on the first floor and after security section just as well. There’s also a children’s play area close to WHSmith. The restaurants are equipped with children’s chairs, and there are certain lounges that offer a wide range of children entertainment for a small entry fee.


Duty free shops, bars, restaurants, cafés and more can be found at the airport. Several cash dispensers and Bureau de Change are in the main hall, as well. There’s a taxi rank just outside the terminal building, where you can also smoke where designated so.

History of Glasgow Airport

The beginnings of Glasgow airport start to form in 1932, serving as military air base then, it slowly developed also into a naval base and in 1966 the new airport was built, not to the likings of its older brother Prestwick Airport. The airport started its business successfully, but was held back with a restriction to handle only UK and European traffic. It has, with time and gradually, received a bigger share of the cake, and in 1996 received up to 6 million passengers per year, which is not an insignificant number. There are 3 piers inside the airport and 2 terminals, the airport is comfortable and well secured, though its size is limited due to its closeness to the highway; further growth of the terminals is questionable.

Petrol stations near Glasgow Airport

Esso, Shell station and BP are only few of the petrol stations in the vicinity to Glasgow airport so there’s plenty of opportunity to fill up the tank just before your return of the vehicle. Make sure to save your bill and to respect the level of the fuel agreed with the rental agent and you’ll be all set.