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Glasgow Airport
Airport type Public
Owner AGS Airports
Operator Glasgow Airport Limited
Serves Glasgow
Location Paisley, Renfrewshire, United Kingdom
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 55°52′19″N 004°25′59″W / 55.87194°N 4.43306°W / 55.87194; -4.43306
EGPF is located in Renfrewshire
Location in Renfrewshire
Runway Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,665 8,743 Grooved Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers 9,698,862
Passenger change 17–18 Decrease 2.1%
Aircraft movements 86,226
Movements change 17–18 Decrease 3.2%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority
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Glasgow International Airport (Scottish Gaelic: Port-adhair Eadar-nàiseanta Ghlaschu) (IATA: GLAICAO: EGPF) (used to be called Glasgow Abbotsinch Airport) is an international airport in Scotland. It is 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) west of the Glasgow city centre. The airport is near Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire. In 2011, almost 6.9 million passengers passed through the airport. This was 5.1% more than 2010. This makes Glasgow the second busiest airport in Scotland (Edinburgh Airport is the busiest). It is also the eighth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. Glasgow Airport is the primary airport of Greater Glasgow.

The airport is owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited. Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited owns four other UK airports. ADI Limited owns Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited. The airlines which use the airport the most are British Airways and Loganair (as Flybe). Loganair uses Glasgow as a hub. Other big airlines using Glasgow as a base include BMI Regional, Flybe, EasyJet, Jet2, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.

Glasgow Airport was first opened in 1966. First, the only flights which took off from there flew to other places in the United Kingdom and Europe. The British Airports Authority (BAA) took control of the airport in 1975. In the 1980s, flights from Glasgow began to go to other places in the world.

On 30 June 2007, Glasgow Airport had a terrorist attack. A Jeep Cherokee filled with propane canisters was driven into the main terminal building. It caused some damage, killed one person (the terrorist) and injured four people.

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