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Glasgow International Airport (GLA)

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Glasgow International Airport (GLA)
AddressPaisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2SW, United Kingdom
Telephone0844 481 5555
Websitewww.glasgowairport.com
Number of terminals1
Time zoneGMT Greenwich Mean Time: GMT/UTC -0 (GMT/UTC +1 from March 30 to October 26, 2014)
MapGlasgow Airport
LocationGlasgow Airport is located 13 km (8 miles) west of Glasgow.
Airport codeGLA
Airport newsThe terminal is currently undergoing a £10 million facelift ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, to be held in the city. Further development plans include the possible construction of a second runway and expansion of terminal facilities to cope with a projected threefold increase in passenger numbers over the next two decades.
Driving directionsFrom central Glasgow, take the M8 motorway westwards to Junction 28. Glasgow Airport is clearly signed from this point.
Car rentalCar rental operators Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty are represented at Glasgow Airport. These companies have desks near Domestic Arrivals.
Public transport and taxisBus: First’s Glasgow Shuttle (tel: (01224) 650 100; www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/glasgow) operates 24 hours a day between Glasgow Airport and the city center (travel time: 25 minutes; fare: £6). Bus 747 (AirLink) also operates to the city center via Renfrew, Braehead, Partick, and Charing Cross (travel time: 50 minutes; fare: £4.50). Buses are also available to other destinations. For more information on bus travel in the area, contact Traveline Scotland (tel: 0871 200 2233; www.travelinescotland.com).
Taxi: Metered taxis are available 24 hours a day. The taxi stand is immediately outside the terminal building. The fare to the city center is around £25, and the travel time is generally about 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
Rail: The Gilmour Street Railway Station in Paisley is around 1.6 km (1 mile) from Glasgow Airport and only a few minutes away by taxi or local bus. Trains run to Glasgow Central (travel time: 11 minutes; fare: £3.20). For more information, contact the 24-hour National Rail Enquiries line (tel: 0845 748 4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk).
Car parkingShort-term, long-term, and business parking is available at Glasgow Airport, with services operated by NCP (tel: 0845 050 7080; www.ncp.co.uk). The short-term parking lots are within walking distance of the terminals; there are regular transfer coaches to the terminal from the long-term parking lot. Discounted long-term parking can be booked in advance via the airport’s website. A fast-track service is available in short-term parking lot 2 for a higher fee.
Information and help desksGlasgow Airport's information desk is on the first floor, next to the domestic arrivals/departures area. Additionally, there are computer information kiosks on the ground floor and a Visit Scotland tourist information office (tel: (0141) 848 4400 or 4758) in the international arrivals area, which provides information about local attractions and accommodation.
Airport FacilitiesMoney: Bureaux de change and ATMs are located either side of the security screening point. Currency can be pre-ordered online and picked up at the airport through American Express (www.travelmoneynow.com/uk) or Travelex (www.travelex.co.uk/baa).
Communications: Wireless Internet access is available throughout Glasgow Airport for a fee (first 30 minutes are free of charge), and there are also fixed Internet kiosks and desks. A postbox is located in the check-in area.
Food: A good choice of restaurants, cafés, and bars is concentrated on the first floor, after security. A number of options are also available before security, including a sports bar and a pub.
Shopping: Shopping at Glasgow Airport includes duty-free outlets for passengers traveling outside the EU, as well as retailers selling a range of items, including newsstands, specialist Scottish-themed gift shops, and fashion outlets.
Luggage: The left-luggage office is situated in the check-in hall and a lost property service is available; both services can be reached at (0141) 848 4740. Uniformed members of staff are on hand to assist with baggage.
Other facilities: Other facilities at Glasgow Airport include a pharmacy, prayer room, baby-care facilities, and children's play areas.
Conference and business facilitiesA business workstation with telephone, fax, and Internet facilities can be found on the first floor. The Glasgow Airport Business Centre (tel: (0141) 847 5450), next to the terminal building, provides meeting rooms, conference facilities, and full secretarial support. The Skylounge airport lounge, available to all passengers for a fee, offers free Internet access, complimentary drinks, and newspapers. The new British Airways lounge has a range of facilities and a capacity of 150 passengers. Conference and meeting facilities are also available at some nearby hotels, including the Ramada Glasgow Airport (tel: (0141) 843 4800; www.ramada.co.uk) and the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport (tel: 0871 942 9031; www.ihg.com).
Disabled facilitiesFacilities for disabled passengers include wheelchair-accessible toilets, ramps, elevators, and reserved parking. For the hard of hearing, there are induction loops, TDD telephones, and a Minicom information line (tel: (0141) 848 4848). Passengers should advise their airline in advance of their needs and those requiring assistance from the parking lots to the terminals should arrange this in advance by contacting Omniserv (tel: (0141) 842 7700).
Airport hotelsThere are a number of good value hotels in the vicinity of Glasgow Airport, with many more options to suit all budgets and tastes in the city center. Hotel reservations can be made at the information desk (tel: (0141) 848 4400 or 4758) in the arrivals area on the ground floor. Our Glasgow Airport guide includes the following accommodation options:

Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport
Providing good value accommodation just a minute's walk from the terminal, Holiday Inn Glasgow features an on-site restaurant, lounge, and business center equipped with 18 meeting rooms.
Paisley, Abbotsinch
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tel: 0871 942 9031.
Web: www.ihg.com

Premier Inn Glasgow Airport
Handily located near Braehead's shopping complex and within minutes of the airport, the Premier Inn has an on-site restaurant and parking space for guests.
Glasgow Airport, Whitecart Road
Paisley, United Kingdom
Tel: 0871 527 8434.
Web: www.premierinn.com

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport
One of a number of budget hotels at the airport, Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport is directly opposite the terminal. Guests can eat on site at the Great Room restaurant, which has a varied menu, and the hotel provides free Wi-Fi Internet, business services, and valet parking.
Glasgow Airport, St. Andrews Drive
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tel: (0141) 842 1100.
Web: www.ihg.com

Normandy Hotel
Just 1 km (0.6 mile) from the airport, the independent Normandy Hotel operates a free shuttle service to the terminal. A good option for those on business with its extensive meeting and conference facilities, the hotel also boasts a steak restaurant and regular evening entertainment.
Inchinnan Road
Renfrew, United Kingdom
Tel: (0141) 886 4100.
Web: www.thenormandyhotel.co.uk

Ramada Glasgow Airport
Housing a restaurant serving Italian fare, the Ramada is a good budget option minutes from the terminal via a paid shuttle service. Those staying on business will appreciate the free Internet access and choice of meeting rooms.
Marchburn Drive
Abbotsinch, United Kingdom
Tel: (0141) 843 4800.
Web: www.ramada.co.uk
Full airport nameGlasgow Airport
CityGlasgow
State or provinceUnited Kingdom
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