Below, you will find all the information you might need when you’re using Glasgow Airport parking and travelling through Glasgow Airport.
Holiday makers and other travellers passing through Glasgow Airport (GLA) now have the opportunity to fly to a growing list of domestic and international destinations. With most major airlines now operating from Glasgow Airport, travellers in the region have a real alternative to making their flights from airports further away.
Your check-in area and boarding gate will depend which airline you are travelling with and the destination that you are travelling to.
Boarding at Glasgow Airport usually commences around 45 minutes before the departure of your flight.
All passengers should check the monitors closely for boarding times, gate numbers and all other departure information.
Glasgow Airport’s terminal facilities cater for the needs of all passengers. With specialist facilities for disabled travellers, business travellers and travellers with young children.
Terminal Facilities – Ground Floor
The Information Desk is situated in the main check-in area, opposite the Check-in Desks.
The Left Luggage Desk is positioned alongside the Check-in Desk and International Arrivals Desk on the ground floor.
Bureau de Change
Glasgow Airport has three Travelex Bureau de Changes. Two are located in the International Arrivals Area, and the other is next to WH Smith in the main Check-in and Domestic Arrivals Area.
Trolleys & Porters
Trolleys and Porters can be found throughout the airport.
If you need to find Lost Property, consult Airport Security.
ATMs are positioned throughout the airport, both before and after the security search.
Food & Drinks
The ground floor of Glasgow Airport has a Starbucks, a Mozzo Coffee House and a JD Wetherspoons.
Glasgow Airport’s Taxi Rank is at the front of the building, close to Arrivals.
There are a range of Disabled Facilities at the airport.
There are various Wireless Internet Hotspots throughout the airport.
A number of the airlines that serve Glasgow Airport offer Self-Service Check-in facilities. Please consult with your airline to discover if this will apply to your journey.
Terminal Facilities – First Floor
Food & Drinks
The first floor of the terminal building has a Caledonian Café/Bar and a JD Wetherspoons.
Places of Worship
The Airport Chapel is positioned next to Frankie & Benny’s and is open 24-hours a day for passengers of all religions.
Male and Female Toilets are situated on the first floor of the terminal building.
The Airline Lounges are positioned on the first floor of the terminal. The Upper Deck Lounge is positioned on the second floor.
Terminal Facilities – Second Floor
Food & Drinks
Frankie & Benny’s is on the second floor of the airport.
Glasgow Airport has all the facilities needed to make Business Travel as comfortable and stress-free as possible. With a selection of Business Lounges and meeting rooms available to make sure you can make your travel arrangements work.
The Airport’s Business Lounges will meet all the needs of business travellers during their pre-flight time at the airport; with a business centre, off-site meeting rooms and a variety of fixed and Wi-Fi internet connections throughout the airport.
Business Lounge Facilities
The Upper Deck Executive Lounge is situated on the second floor of Glasgow Airport’s main terminal building, and can be accessed by the stairs next to Beardmore’s.
Passengers wishing to use the Upper Deck Executive Lounge, who are not travelling on a Business Class ticket, are free to do so, but will be charged an entry fee.
The Upper Deck Executive Lounge provides passengers with complimentary alcoholic and soft drinks and complimentary snacks, too. The Lounge also provides a variety of daily newspapers and magazines, in addition to fax sending facilities and internet connection points.
The Upper Deck Executive Lounge has a smart-casual dress policy and doesn’t allow entry to children under 12 years old.
Flight announcements aren’t made in the Upper Deck Executive Suite, however, flight information is displayed on prominently positioned information screens.
Passengers flying business and first class with BA, BMI and KLM can also use the BA Terrace Lounge at Gate 15.
In addition to the aforementioned Business Lounge facilities, there is a lounge for business and first class passengers with BA at Gate 16. However, this lounge has shorter opening times.
The Emirates Lounge at Glasgow Airport is situated on the first floor and caters for First & Business Class passengers, who are flying with Emirates. Emirates Skywards Gold & Platinum members can also access the lounge.
The Emirates Lounge offers passengers a choice of Scottish and international gourmet dishes, as well as a full complimentary bar service.
The Emirates Lounge can seat 139 passengers in an area of 736 square metres. With runway views and furnished with Italian marble floors, gold Rolex clocks, leather armchairs and mahogany furniture, the Emirates Lounge is the ideal way for Business Class travellers to relax prior to their flights.
The Lounge also provides a business centre with free Wi-Fi, TV and reading areas, shower facilities and a prayer room.
Corporate Meeting Rooms
Meeting room facilities are available at both Glasgow Airport Business Centre and various hotels in the area.
Glasgow Airport has a variety of facilities catering for disabled travellers. Including, wider access pathways, ramps, wheelchair accessible telephones, disabled toilets facilities and seating areas which are reserved for disabled travellers at Check-in and in all of the airport’s general seating areas.
Glasgow Airport has a number of free help points for disabled travellers in a variety of locations throughout the premises.
The help points feature maps showing the exact location within the airport and a telephone in case assistance is needed for carrying luggage or pushing a wheelchair.
To pre-book any disabled services such as these, call +44 (0)141 842 756.
Glasgow Airport also provides induction loops throughout the premises. They are highly visible and signified using the ‘sympathetic ear’ symbol.
All of the payphones in Glasgow are adapted for use with hearing aids, as are the text-pay phones in the International Arrivals area.
Glasgow Airport uses directional signs that are displayed prominently using black text on a yellow background. The airport also permits guide and hearing dogs in the terminal buildings.
The airport also provides disabled toilets throughout the premises.
Parking spaces for disabled travellers, using both blue and orange badges, are located as close to the airport as possible, in car parks 1 and 2. The parking spaces are the closest spaces to the airport, in the car parks closest to the airport.
Car park 2 has both spaces and help points for disabled travellers on all levels.
Travelling With Children
With thousands of young travellers flying via Glasgow Airport each year, the airport knows the importance of making flying for families as stress-free as possible, and has numerous facilities for families flying with babies or young children. These facilities include children’s play areas, child friendly restaurants and baby changing facilities.
Child friendly facilities at the airport include:
- Baby changing areas
- Child friendly restaurants
- Children’s play areas
- Family car parking
- Family and Executive Lounges
- Airline specific facilities for children
Baby Changing facilities at Glasgow Airport are provided near to the main toilets, within the check-in areas, en-route to the boarding gates and in both the departures and arrivals lounges. Some of the male and female toilets also include fold down tables for baby changing.
Child Friendly Restaurants
The majority of Glasgow Airport’s bars and restaurants have facilities specifically for younger diners, including both children’s menus and high chairs.
Frankie & Benny’s Restaurant on the first floor, not only has a children’s menu, but also has a children’s activity pack to help travellers to keep their children occupied.
Children’s Play Areas
Glasgow Airport has a children’s play area, called Fingerbox near to Gates 2, 4, 9 & 11. There is also children’s entertainment provided in the family area in the Food Village on the first floor.
There is a play area, which is suitable for children of 2-6 years old, on the main concourse. There is also a soft-play area in the International Departure Lounge at Gate 50 on the International Pier.
All of the play areas are unsupervised.
Glasgow Airport also has a number of puzzle tables and Lego tables within several of the seating areas throughout the terminal building.
There is also a Games Grid, which features arcade equipment, computer games, table football and table hockey, for older children.
Preparation when flying with children
When flying with babies and young children, you are likely to need to pack things such as nappies, baby wipes, formula and baby food in your hand luggage. If you forget any of the items you need, they can be found in the various shops within Glasgow Airport.
There is a newsagent within the airport that sells various children’s magazines, comics, puzzles and books. You can also pick up a free children’s activity pack, with crayons and colouring books, at the BAA Information Desk.
Family Car Parking
Glasgow airport has Airport Park & Ride facilities, enabling families to park their cars and get regular and reliable shuttle buses to the airport terminal.
To pre-book your Glasgow Airport parking, click here.
Airline Specific Children’s Facilities
BMI offer children’s entertainment packs for children aged 4-8 and 9-12 when travelling long-haul. They also provide an audio channel and film selection that cater to children. Families are invited to board first on all BMI flights.
British Airways provide online check-in services for families, available 24-hours before check-in opens. This allows passengers to select their seats, pre-order children’s meals and print boarding passes for groups of up to 6 people. Once at the airport, luggage then goes through the Fast Bag Drop. BA also invite families to board the plane first.
Easyjet doesn’t offer any special facilities for families.
Flybe offer children’s meals. They also allow passengers to pre-book seats if they are travelling in the Economy Plus section. If travelling in Economy, passengers are able to pre-book seats for £5 online and £8 offline. Families are able to board the aircraft at the same time as passengers with pre-booked seats.
When flying with Jet2, families are able to pre-book seats, so they are sitting together, for a charge of £2.50 per person. In general, families are subject to the same boarding procedure as other passengers.
Monarch supply only children’s meals on charter flights. They also provide entertainment packs to children during the flight. Monarch also allow families to board flights first.
Ryanair provide a range of snacks, suitable for small children, for purchase on their flights. They do not offer family boarding privileges.
As one of Scotland’s busiest airports, Glasgow Airport’s Upper Deck Lounge offers passengers the opportunity to relax and escape the crowds.
The Upper Deck Lounge provides passengers with an opportunity to escape the rush of the main concourse in to a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, with complimentary hot and cold drinks, complimentary alcoholic drinks, snacks, magazines and newspapers and flight information displays.
Whatever you prefer to do in the run-up to boarding your flight, whether catching up on emails, or sitting and reading the news, the Upper Deck Lounge at Glasgow Airport is the place for you to begin your journey.
Whether you are a business traveller, or simply going on holiday, the Upper Deck Lounge offers you the opportunity to begin your trip in style.
All passengers travelling through Glasgow Airport can get their trip off to a great start in the Upper Deck Lounge.
- Complimentary tea/coffee and soft drinks
- 4 Alcoholic drinks
- A selection of snacks
- Free Wi-Fi
- Fresh modern design
- Runway views for all
- Bar service
- Dedicated children’s play area
- Games zone with X Box Ones
Getting to Glasgow Airport
Glasgow Airport is situated around 4 miles west of the Glasgow Boundary and 9 miles from the City Centre.
The airport is just south west of Glasgow itself. Before travelling by road to Glasgow airport it is advisable to check for any travel or roadworks updates that could have an effect on your journey time.
Both the AA Route Planner and Google Maps can keep you up to date of any issues that may affect your journey and help you to find alternative routes.
Drop off and Pick up
Glasgow Airport security regulations do not allow any vehicles to stop anywhere on the airport roads, forecourt or terminal except to drop off or pick up passengers.
Any vehicles left unattended are highly likely to be towed by airport authorities and/or the police. You will incur and be liable for towing charges, retrieval and storage fees if your vehicle is removed.
If you are aware that you are going to be in the airport and away from your car for even a couple of minutes, you should use one of the Glasgow Airport car parks provided.
Short & Long Stay Parking
Glasgow Airport provides short term parking a few metres from the airport terminal building. This option is ideal for drop off and pick up parking.
If you are driving to Glasgow Airport as a passenger and need long stay airport parking whilst you are away, then APR provides you with a variety of excellent options.
- Airport Information – 0844 481 5555
- Police – 0141 848 4515
- Minicom – 0141 848 4848
- National Rail – 0845 748 4950
- National Express – 0800 077 8868
- Scotrail – 08700 000 5151
- Hertz – 08708 44 88 44
- Avis – 0870 6060 100
- Europcar – 0870 6075 000
- National Car Hire – 0870 6006 666
- Alamo – 0870 400 4580