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Glasgow Airport is situated just seven miles from the city centre and serves around seven million passengers each year; it is the second busiest airport in Scotland and one of the ten busiest in the whole of the United Kingdom. Major expansion plans are in place to upgrade the airport to the point where it will eventually be able to handle over twenty million passengers a year, putting it firmly in the worldwide league of top airports. It is important not confuse Glasgow International Airport – as it is correctly known – with Glasgow Prestwick Airport which is some twenty miles away and is a hub for the low cost airlines.
Originally an RAF base opened in the 1930’s, Glasgow International became a civil airport in 1966 after the original site chosen for the city’s airport, at Renfrew, was superseded. Rapid growth from then on has seen Glasgow International expand to its current state, and it now offers a comprehensive range of destinations via some of the world’s top carriers.
British Airways and BMI both offer regular scheduled flights to Heathrow, while Emirates flies out of Glasgow to Dubai and US Airways and Virgin both offer transatlantic flights to varied destinations. Just about every popular destination in Europe is covered, and the airport is also a major cargo feeder.
Excellent links to Glasgow city centre by bus make it easy to reach in a short time, and the planned expansions should see the traffic infrastructure improved further as the airport moves firmly into the 21st century.