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Facts and Information about Glasgow Airport and the city of Glasgow
This is a brief look at the facilities you will be able to find at Glasgow airport, especially for those who are not been to the airport before or indeed flown.
Glasgow airport is situated only miles to the west of the city and is serviced by first class links by air, rail, car, bus and rail. The airport is operated by BAA who purchased the airport from the previous owners Glasgow Corporation in 1975.
It is the busiest airport in Scotland flying to some 90 destinations with 40 airlines carrying 7.9 million passengers. Whilst a lot of the traffic to overseas destinations continues to grow strongly, the importance of Glasgow as a commercial and tourist centre more fully described below, means that a good percentage of the traffic is still business related with London a prime destination.
Since BAA took over the operation of the airport investment has radically increased to provide improved terminal facilities and a second runway in keeping with an International airport. The terminal now has 33 gates serviced by 7 piers, which are capable of handling all current types of aircraft.
Since BAA took over the operation of the airport investment has radically increased to provide improved terminal facilities and a second runway. The terminal now has 33 gates serviced by 7 piers, which are capable of handling all current types of aircraft.
Glasgow has seen year on year growth fuelled by an expansion of the number of low cost airlines using the airport with passenger numbers expected to double by 2010.
A further 16 million is to be spent upgrading Glasgow Terminal facilities to accommodate this expected increase.
Glasgow is an important commercial and tourist centre with most of the major Scottish companies having a representation in the city. Whilst the city has always been a place high on the UK visit list, after being awarded the City for European Culture in 1990 the numbers visiting the city have dramatically increased The benefit of massive inward investment to restore the more run down areas of the city, went a long way to changing the overall image.
Many of the designer shops more associated with London, Paris and Milan opened up premises and more importantly have stayed and thrived. It is now considered the main retailing centre outside London in the UK with Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauciehall Street becoming well known for luxury items.
The city has its origins in the Celtic word ghlaschu, which means, “dear green place” and has no less 70 parks. The city to mirror the retail revolution has developed a cosmopolitan and thriving restaurant scene with virtually every type of food available.
There are literary scores of museums and historic houses to visit with the internationally famous Burrell Collection of no less than 8,000 priceless pieces.
The city has a population of 600,000 which makes moving around the city by car a little trying and foot and bus are recommended to see the city at its best. Prior to traveling abroad or returning take time out to visit and stay overnight.