Glasgow Airport


Glasgow Airport

St Andrew’s Drive

Paisley  PA3 2SW

Glasgow International airport officially opened on the 27th June 1966 by Her Majesty The Queen


Take a look at their history below


October 2008: Glasgow Airport’s new terminal extension opens to passengers.

June 2007: Glasgow Airport is the target of a failed attack. The airport is back in business within less than 24 hours.

May 2007: We announce £30 million expansion plans.

January 2007: We appoint Gordon Dewar as Glasgow Airport’s new Managing Director.

October 2006: BAA unveils multi-million plans to build ‘world-class gateway’ for Glasgow.

June 2006: We celebrate our 40th anniversary. Ferrovial takes control of BAA and all our airports.

September 2005: We published our 25 year outline Master Plan, detailing plans to develop the airport to handle as many as 24 million passengers by 2030.

August 2005: Noise assistance schemes launched.

July 2005: Passenger numbers break through the 150 million mark.

August 2004: Glasgow Airport became the first in Scotland to handle more than a million passengers in a single month.

June 2004: Glasgow Airport’s second terminal, T2, was officially opened, providing an additional nine check-in desks and a state-of-the-art baggage screening system.

2003: Passenger numbers had broken through the 8 million mark.

2002: A new multi-storey car park, linked to the main terminal, opened.

2000: By the turn of the century, Glasgow Airport was handling over 6.9 million passengers.

1994: The new International Pier was officially opened.

1990’s: Shortly after development work began, the Government announced that trans-Atlantic carriers could now fly from the airport of their choice. A number of airlines switched their operation from Prestwick to Glasgow Airport, including Air Canada.

1980’s: Passenger numbers had reached 4 million and further expansion was required. In 1989, the airport embarked on a massive terminal development programme, increasing the size of the terminal by 70%.

1976: A £2 million extension to the international area of the terminal building began and took 18 months to complete.

1975: An agreement was reached for the transfer of ownership from Glasgow Corporation to the British Airport Authority.

1970s: During this decade we saw the growth of package holidays from Glasgow, with airlines such as Laker, Tarom, Britannia, British Midland, Iberia and Channel all flying to popular destinations in Europe.

June 1966: Glasgow Airport was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 27 June; though the terminal opened to passengers a month earlier.

May 1966: The first commercial flight landed in May at 08.00 – a BEA Viscount from Edinburgh piloted by Captain Eric Starling, the airline’s Scottish flight manager. During its first year of operation the airport handled 1.5 million passengers and 34,000 aircraft movements


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