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Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorBAA Limited
ServesGlasgow, Scotland and UK
Elevation8 m (26 ft)
Passenger change 09-10(-)9.4%
Aircraft Movements77755
Movements change 09-10(-)8.8%

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Glasgow International Airport ( ) (formerly Glasgow Abbotsinch Airport) is an international airport in Scotland, located 8 mi (12.9 km) south west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire. In 2010 the airport handled 6,548,865 passengers, a 9.4% annual reduction, 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 BAA, which also owns and operates five other UK airports, and is itself owned by ADI Limited, an international consortium, which includes Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and GIC Special Investments, that is led by the Spanish Ferrovial Group. The Airport is a base for airlines such as BMI Regional, EasyJet, Flybe and Loganair, Jet2, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways, and also houses maintenance facilities for British Airways.

Glasgow Airport was first opened in 1966 and originally only facilatated flights to other places in the United Kingdom and Europe. The British Airports Authority (BAA) took control of the airport in 1975 and when BAA was privatised in the 1980s, Glasgow Airport began to offer flights to other places around the world, flights which previously were facilitated by Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The airport was the target of a terrorist attack on June 30, 2007, when a Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters was slammed into the main terminal building causing some damage but there were no civilian deaths.

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