Glasgow Airport (Scots: Glesga Airport, Scottish Gaelic: Port-adhair Eadar-nàiseanta Ghlaschu), also known as Glasgow International Airport (IATA: GLA , ICAO: EGPF), formerly Abbotsinch Airport, is an international airport in Scotland. It is located in Paisley, Renfrewshire, 8.6 nautical miles (15.9 km; 9.9 mi) west of Glasgow city centre. In 2017, the airport handled nearly 9.9 million passengers, a 6% annual increase, making it the second-busiest in Scotland, after Edinburgh Airport, and the eighth-busiest airport in the United Kingdom.
The airport is owned and operated by AGS Airports which also owns and operates Aberdeen and Southampton Airports. It was previously owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings (formerly known as BAA). The airport’s largest tenants are British Airways, easyJet and Loganair, the latter using it as a hub. Other major airlines using GLA as a base include Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair (ends 27th October 2018), Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI Airways.
Glasgow Airport was opened in 1966 and originally flights only operated to other places in the United Kingdom and Europe. Glasgow Airport began to offer flights to other places around the world, flights which previously used Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which was subsequently relegated as the city’s secondary airport catering for low-cost airlines, freight and charter operators.
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