Checking in is easy and there are several options to choose from – just make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time because your flight won’t wait!
Remember that check in times can vary depending on how busy the airport is at any particular time. There are also two check in areas at
You can check in at your airline’s desk but many people prefer to check in online, particularly if you only have hand baggage – it’s easy and cuts down on queuing, leaving you more time to enjoy some refreshments and explore the great airport shops before you board.
- Leave home in plenty of time – you can never legislate for delays on the roads or public transport.
- Check in early to avoid the queues.
- Better still, check in online – but don’t forget to print off your boarding pass and take it with you to the airport!
- Keep an eye on the information screens for flight departures, boarding times and gate numbers, and listen out for announcements.
- Different airlines have different requirements depending on the destination so while you should check with your airline before you leave for the airport it’s always a good idea to carry your passport or other form of photographic ID such as a driving licence.
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If you require special assistance or are travelling with someone who requires help with their journey through Glasgow Airport the following information should help ensure that your experience is as speedy and enjoyable as possible.
How to make your journey easy
On behalf of your airline Glasgow Airport provides a dedicated special assistance service through our partner Omniserv who offer many forms of assistance for both your departure and your arrival at Glasgow Airport.
If you require assistance you should inform your airline at least 48 hours before you travel, however our advice would be to give your airline as much notice as possible for both your departure and your arrival. This is best done at the time of booking your travel arrangements and will ensure that you receive the most appropriate assistance in a timely manner.
As well as informing your airline in advance we recommend that you also contact our assistance provider Omniserv, their details are below.
If we do not receive advance notice of your requirements we promise to make all reasonable efforts to accommodate you but you may have to wait a little longer for assistance.
We have a dedicated assistance area within the main check in area, if you have not booked assistance but find that you require some on the day of travel please make your way to this area where Omniserv agents will be happy to help. If you are on an inbound flight then your flight attendants will be able to arrange assistance for you on your arrival.
Please remember that even if you are fairly mobile, there can be long distances within airports and therefore assistance might still be required. So make your plans well in advance.
Our security staff are required under government legislation to carry out a hand-search whenever a passenger activates the archway metal detector alarm. If you are a wheelchair user, that’s likely to be the case. We recognise that it may be more suitable to have this search carried out away from the main search area, so please don’t hesitate to request this. If you have any questions or queries throughout the Security process please do not hesitate to ask for one of our Security Supervisors.
Assistance dogs can only travel if they are registered with The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), and if permitted to do so by your airline and holiday destination. Please contact Omniserv to arrange this or make enquiries.
You can call Omniserv on 0141 842 7700 or send an email to GLA.PRM@airservcorp.com
You can view details of our service level agreement here. (PDF format)
We appreciate that the security process can feel a bit daunting to our customers, particularly those that are not frequent travellers or even travelling for the first time.
Please don’t feel intimidated by any of the security measures at Glasgow Airport they are in place for your safety and if you follow our signage in the security search area you shouldn’t have any problems. If you do have any questions at all please ask our friendly security staff who will be happy to help.
A little preparation before you travel will really help you speed through the security screening process. Please check in advance what you can and cannot take in your hand luggage.
Have all your liquids sorted out before you leave for the airport and if you forget to put them in your 1 litre resealable plastic bag you can pick one up for
Being prepared helps to speed up the process and allows you to relax and enjoy your journey or holiday.
Services include Shop & Collect, lost property, left luggage and more.
At Glasgow Airport, you’ll easily spot out great team of friendly, roving Ambassadors who are on hand to answer any questions you may have about any aspect of your visit.
You can also get information on public transport, accommodation, events and places of interest at the VisitScotland travel and visitor information hub on the ground floor at domestic arrivals, opposite WH Smith.
We also provide a free help phone on the first floor, next to UK and Ireland departures.
Did you know that you can weigh your luggage at the airport and avoid excess luggage costs?
You’ll find four Weigh-ahead luggage weighing systems – these are located in the main check in hall and also in the check in area of Terminal 2.
It costs just £1 to weigh a bag but if you are over your allowance, Weigh-ahead offers a free reweigh. Foldaway Hand Luggage bags are available buy in order to transfer excess.
This is a great service for passengers who want to protect and secure their luggage from potential damage, bad weather conditions, and general wear and tear.
All you have to do is take your items to the Luggage-Point area located in the main check in hall on the ground floor of the terminal building.
The prices are £7 for a standard suitcase – larger items (e.g. pushchairs, skis, golf clubs) are priced from £10.
Why not give yourself one less thing to worry about and pre-order your foreign currency and collect it at Travelex Glasgow Airport when you arrive to check in.
Your currency is guaranteed to be waiting for you, Travelex opens early and closes after the last departure, and of course it takes something else off your holiday to do list. You can also make your currency go further as the Travelex Online Price Promise guarantees that if you find a cheaper overall price, Travelex will refund the difference!*
Don’t stress if you arrive at the airport and feel you need a little bit more currency for your trip, Travelex Glasgow Airport has all major currencies in stock including Australian, Canadian, US & New Zealand Dollars, Euros plus Turkish Lira to ensure you won’t be left short.
There are Travelex branches located before and after security at Glasgow Airport for your convenience. ATM’s are also available at these locations which dispense GBP, USD and Euros.
*conditions apply see travelex.co.uk for details
Did you know that you can even drop off your dry cleaning at Glasgow Airport, Monday to Friday?
Call 0141 848 4740 to find out more details about Glasgow Airport’s dry cleaning service.
If you need to leave any bags, packages or suitcases at Glasgow Airport, we have a great service which allows you to leave items in a safe, secure storage area for up to 3 months.
Left luggage is handled by Luggage-Point in the main check in hall where friendly staff will help and advise, and issue all passengers leaving items with a receipt – don’t lose it as you will need it when you come to pick them up.
- £2 per day
- £7.50 per week
- £2.50 per day
- £10 per week
- 0-4 hours – £4.50 per item
- 4-8 hours – £8 per item
- Daily – £10 per item
- Weekly – £50 per item
Call Luggage-Point on 0141 848 4740 to discuss left luggage services at Glasgow Airport.
We hope you don’t lose anything while you’re at Glasgow Airport but if you do, please contact Luggage-Point on the ground floor of the main terminal where you will be asked to complete a lost property form.
If your item is found, you will be required to provide identification – your passport or driving licence. Items are stored in a secure area for up to six months and retrieval and shipping costs apply.
Call the help number 24 hours a day: 0141 848 4740
While our left luggage service, handled by Luggage-Point in the main check in hall, may be perfect for your needs, our shipping service may be the perfect option for larger, bulky items.
We can also deliver any time sensitive, important shipments to countries and territories all over the world, and our wide range of shipping services means there is a cost-effective option for all of your requirements.
Items are shipped at approximately 4pm every day of the year! Simply complete our simple form at the Luggage-Point service area.
Call Luggage Point on 0141 848 4740
Shop & Collect
If you want to benefit from the great shopping bargains at Glasgow Airport but don’t want to be weighed down with extra bags, why not use Glasgow Airport’s free Shop & Collect service?
Buy before you fly then pick up your purchases on your return. It couldn’t be easier because Shop & Collect is a free service, available when you are flying within the EU – and it includes flights within the UK.
When you are making your purchase just tell the store you would like to Shop & Collect and they will complete the short form and issue you a receipt – keep it safe you will need to present it on your return.
Your items will be stored securely while you are away and delivered to the collection point in plenty of time before your flight lands.
Items are collected from Luggage-Point between 9am-8pm and at Tesco (open 24 hours) in near the car rental desks outwith these times.
WiFi access at Glasgow Airport
We know how important it is to stay connected nowadays with your business but also family and friends. That’s why at Glasgow Airport, you can enjoy 30 minutes of FREE high-speed wireless internet access via your laptop or handheld device.
At Glasgow Airport, you can enjoy 30 minutes of FREE high-speed wireless internet access via your laptop or handheld device.
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- 30 minutes FREE
- 1 hour £3
- 3 hours £5
- 24 hours £9
If you are a regular business passenger or there are several people from your company who are frequent fliers and require internet access while passing through the airport, we can offer special rates for 6 or 12 months.
Please contact either the Glasgow Airport IT department at
DD-IT_Glasgow@glasgowairport.com or Arqiva at GLAairportB2B@arqiva.com for more details.
Internet and printing terminals
If you don’t have a laptop or tablet with you, we have handy internet desks, provided by Surfbox, located around the terminal building.
There are four stations and a printer located in domestic arrivals outside Starbucks. Upstairs at the food court, just before security, you’ll find another two. In international arrivals, there are two stations and a printer.
Once you are through security, you will find four stations in the main departure lounge and one station located at Gate 26 on the domestic pier.
Cost is 10p per minute and payment can be made using coins or online using a credit card or voucher.
Mobile phone charging
Mobile phone charging machines with adapters for most phones can be found at domestic arrivals outside Starbucks and in the main departure lounge. Once through security you can charge your phone at points at the international pier and, at the domestic pier, Gates 19-21.
Costs are £1 for 30 minutes, £1.50 for 60 minutes or £2 for 90 minutes. Internet desks will also provide mobile phone charging once you have paid for access and there are four stations and printer located in domestic arrivals, two stations plus a printer in international arrivals and two in the food court, upstairs before security.
After security there are branches of DixonsTravel & Maplin if you have left any crucial adapters for your mobile phone or electronic gadgets at home.
Public telephones can be found throughout the main terminal at Glasgow Airport with payment using cash or cards.
Payphones are in the following locations for departing passengers
- Main shopping area (near Travelex)
- Main shopping area (near Boots)
- Main seating area
- Gates 1-4 lounge
- Easyjet gate area
- Gate 15
- Gate 18
- Gate 20
- Gate 34 (close to Tennent's bar)
If you need to get a picture taken in a hurry, you’ll find coin-operated Photo-Me booths in ground floor domestic arrivals opposite WH Smith and on the first floor of the main terminal before security. There’s also one on the ground floor of Car Park 2.
Facilities include baby changing, cash machines and prayer room.
If you don’t have time to visit a cash machine or pop to the bank before leaving for Glasgow Airport, we have plenty of ATMs both before and after security.
Our machines accept all valid UK bank and building society cards (i.e. Link affiliated) without surcharge, and will also accept major credit cards.
You will find ATMs located at domestic arrivals beside Travelex. There are further cash machines located at Travelex post security.
All cash machines issue in multiples of 20.
Forgot to post an important letter or need to purchase stamps?
You’ll find a traditional red post box in the main terminal check in area. Stamps are available to buy in shops around the airport including WHSmith and Boots.
The Glasgow Airport prayer room can be found on the first floor of our departures concourse in the Priority Security corridor.
It provides a quiet, restful place for passengers of all faiths and denominations, and is open 24 hours a day.
Meanwhile, our Airport Chaplain, Commissioner Keith Banks, conducts services at various times during the week – these are announced over our public address system.
If you smoke, you are permitted to do so only in our clearly signposted areas outside the terminal. Smoking is banned by law in enclosed public spaces in Scotland – this includes all terminal buildings at Glasgow Airport.
Individuals smoking outwith these areas are liable to receive a fixed penalty fine of £50.
Electronic cigarettes are not permitted within the terminal buildings please use the designated smoking areas.
From the moment you arrive until the moment you board your flight it’s our mission to help ensure a smooth start to your family holiday departing from Glasgow Airport. We offer a number of family friendly facilities and services to help do just this.
If you are travelling with babies and very young children, you will need access to safe, clean baby changing areas and at Glasgow Airport, there are a number of facilities around the terminal for your convenience:
- Main check in hall opposite the escalator
- To the rear of the foodcourt on the first floor
- T2 check in hall
- After security, on the first floor by Starbucks
- After security, beside the Beardmore Bar
- After security, beside Tennents Bar
- After security, beside the British Airways lounge
- After security, at gates 1-3 and 10-11
There is an unsupervised soft play area for young children (2 to 6) years after security on the international pier, near WHSmith.
We also provide puzzle tables next to seating areas at several locations around the terminal.
Eating at the airport
Most of the great restaurants and bars at Glasgow Airport provide high chairs and children’s menus so it’s easy to relax and enjoy a family meal or snack before you fly. Outlets such as Frankie & Benny’s offer dedicated activity packs too for our younger passengers,
All your baby essentials such as nappies, formula milk and wipes are available at Boots pharmacy. You can now take over 100ml of baby foods onboard your flight as long as this is solely for the purpose of the journey.
Boots also offers a pre-ordering service for family essential items such as baby milk, simply call the store five working days before travelling.
The store is open 365 days a year with the pharmacy itself open from 4am to 9pm, every day of the year except Christmas Day. Call Boots on 0141 848 9960.
Watching the planes
Who doesn’t like watching the planes take off and land? Children especially love doing this and at Glasgow Airport – after you’ve gone through security – they’ll get a fantastic view of the runways, taxiways and stands from our family-friendly restaurants or the main departure lounge.
If you want to get your holiday off to a great start, why not book into our SkyLounge? Our Holiday Wing is perfect if you’re travelling with the family as we welcome children of all ages and there’s loads to do – toys galore plus digital TV.
We have a dedicated Business Wing within our private SkyLounge just for you.
This area provides a quiet, comfortable business suite with great facilities (including free internet access and WiFi), all in a relaxing environment with sweeping views across the runway towards the rolling hills.
Entry Fees, Facilities & Access
The Holiday Wing of the SkyLounge is open to all passengers with a valid lounge reservation. The Business Wing of the SkyLounge is not pre-bookable and is only available to invited guests of selected airlines.
The SkyLounge is situated after security just behind the Beardmore Bar & Restaurant. Entry must be within three hours of your flight departure time.
- Adult (16 years+ ): £18
- Child (2 to 13 years): £7
- Children under 2 are free
NB Children under 12 are not permitted access to the Business Wing. Smart casual or business is require for all lounge passengers.
- Tea, coffee and soft drinks
- Alcoholic drinks
- Snacks (biscuits, cheese, crisps)
- Newspapers, magazines and business journals
- Internet access/free WiFi
- Open daily from 5am to 8.30pm
Find out more about SkyLounge and book here
Glasgow Airport Business Centre is adjacent to the main terminal building and offers excellent conference and rooms for hire. Facilities are modern and professional, and provide an ideal environment for hosting meetings or training sessions at Glasgow Airport plus interviews or presentations.
This convenient Glasgow Airport business centre offers a complete package which is flexible and offers varied catering menus to suit all tastes and budgets.
For further information download our brochure or contact:
Tel: 0141 847 5450