About Glasgow Airport

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Glasgow Airport is owned by AGS Airports Limited

AGS Airports Limited is jointly held by Ferrovial (via Faero UK Limited) and AGS Airports International Sarl (a Luxembourg company that is majority owned by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4). Derek Provan is the current CEO. 

Macquarie and Ferrovial have a long and successful history of partnering with each other across a number of infrastructure projects, with partnerships in airports including Bristol Airport and Sydney Airport.

Both partners have developed extensive knowledge of aviation and have excellent contacts globally.

Macquarie is one of the world’s leading airport owners, with stakes in four other airports held today (Brussels, Delhi, Hobart and Hyderabad) and a long history of investing and managing airports. For more information visit www.macquarie.com

Ferrovial has been associated with the aviation industry since 1998 and in that time has invested in 32 airports across the UK, Italy, Australia, Chile and Mexico, among other countries. For more information visit www.ferrovial.com

With some 30 airlines serving over 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the Gulf, Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub.

Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.

• Operating hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
• Opened: 1966
• Runways: One main (2658m long)
• Terminals: Two – our main terminal plus our smaller T2 facility
• Airlines: 30
• Destinations: 100 +
• Air transport movements per year: 102,000
• Passengers per year: 9.9 million
• Air cargo per year: 13,033 tonnes
• Status: Scotland’s principal long-haul airport

 Glasgow Airport Byelaws (PDF 1.22MB)

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors


Sir Peter Mason, Chairman
Sir Peter has been Chairman of Thames Water since December 2006. He retired as CEO of AMEC plc in September 2006, and previously was Chairman and CEO of Balfour Beatty Limited. Sir Peter was the senior non-executive director of BAE Systems plc until May 2013 and until October 2008 was a board member of the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority. He is currently a Non-Executive member of the Board of Spie SA and Senior Non-Executive Director of Subsea 7 SA.
Sir Peter was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) for services to International trade in 2002. He grew up in the Scottish town of Troon, studied at the University of Glasgow and spent the first part of his career working in central Scotland.

Gonzalo Velasco, Director of Business Planning at Ferrovial Airports and member of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports Board
Gonzalo is Director of the Business Planning Department at Ferrovial Airports and member of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports Board. Gonzalo has a long track record in the airport sector. He was responsible for the long term business plan of BAA airports from 2006 to 2008. Subsequently, he was the Project Director of the divestment of Gatwick, Naples, Edinburgh and Stansted airports as well as in acquisition processes like Madrid and Galeao. Prior to his role as Business Planning Director, Gonzalo was a Project Director in the Portfolio Management Department where he lead the transition process for the separation of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton from Heathrow in 2014.


John Bruen, Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
John Bruen has 18 years’ banking and infrastructure experience, 12 years of which have been within the airports sector. John heads the Transport industry group at MIRA in Europe. Prior to joining Macquarie, John was Corporate Development Director at Ferrovial from 2005 to 2013 responsible for M&A activity at Ferrovial Aeropuertos and BAA Limited. Previously John was at RBC Capital Markets in London focused on infrastructure financing. John is a board director at Brussels Airport and Copenhagen Airport and formerly was a board director at Bristol Airport.


Iñaki García Bilbao, CFO, Ferrovial Airports
Iñaki García Bilbao is the Chief Financial Officer of Ferrovial Airports and is responsible for all financial aspects of the division.
Iñaki joined Ferrovial in 1996 as Head of the Department of International Administration, and at a later stage he moved on to Manager of Planning and Control of Ferrovial Agroman, a position he held until 2011. He spent 3 years between 2000 and 2003 in Poland, where he held the position of Director of Planning and Control and Deputy CFO of Budimex. Prior to joining Ferrovial, he Inaki worked at Deloitte as an Auditor.


Juan Bullón, Legal Director, Ferrovial Airports
Juan Bullón is the Legal Director of Ferrovial Aeropuertos. He is responsible for all the legal aspects of the company, with key expertise in acquisitions and divestments.
He joined Ferrovial Airports in 2006, starting his career in Ferrovial Agroman, the group’s construction division, where he was involved in the legal aspects of the acquisition of the Polish company Budimex. In 2005 he joined Cintra, overlooking legal aspects of its US activities.


Simon Geere, Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
As Managing Director within MIRA’s European transport team in London, Simon Geere is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of some of its major airport and aviation related assets. Simon joined Macquarie in 2002 with a broad commercial background particularly in on-airport property development and infrastructure planning. He currently holds directorships at the Arlanda Express and at Copenhagen Airports, where he is Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively. Previously, he has been a Non-Executive Director of Bristol Airport (and Chairman), Birmingham Airport, Brussels Airport, and Newcastle Airport as well as an Executive Director at Luton Airport.


Martyn Booth, Senior Adviser, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Martyn Booth has 30 years of consulting, investment banking, asset management and operational experience working on a range of airport projects across the globe. Martyn joined Macquarie in October 2000 when The Portland Group, the international consulting business which Martyn co-founded in 1994, was acquired by Macquarie.
Since joining Macquarie in 2000, Martyn has played a substantial role in developing Macquarie’s expertise as an investor in airports, is a strategic adviser to Sydney airport and was formerly on the boards of Bristol, Brussels, Copenhagen, Sydney and Rome airports. He also held various roles at BAA, including Director of Corporate Strategy and Head of Finance at Heathrow Airport.

 

Our management

Glasgow Airport’s day-to-day operations and strategic oversight are the responsibility of our management team.

Derek Provan, Chief Executive Officer, AGS Airports Ltd

Derek Provan joined AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 16 April 2018. Born in Glasgow, Derek has over 20 years of experience in aviation and joined AGS from Heathrow, Europe’s largest airport, where he was latterly Chief Operating Officer. During his time at Heathrow, Derek also held the position of Director, Future Heathrow. He was responsible for the future design of an expanded Heathrow to include surface access, terminals, airfield and airspace design and the creation of the hub’s master plan and future operating models.  

Derek joined Heathrow in 2013 having spent three years as Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport. Derek started his aviation career in 1998 at Glasgow Airport where he went on to hold a series of senior roles. He has a BSc in Fire Risk Engineering, Masters Degrees in Risk Management and Business Management and Research.

Derek is active in numerous aviation forums within the UK and is a founding member of the Performance-Based Regulation Industry Group working with the CAA to ensure that the industry forms an integral part of future regulation in UK Aviation.

Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer, AGS Airports Ltd, owners of Glasgow Airport

Francois joined Glasgow Airport in 2010 as Commercial Director following four years with the Nuance Group, a leading Swiss-based travel retailer, where he was active in business development, working on various concession tenders and starting operations in both France and Bulgaria. Prior to this Francois was a consultant with Accenture and Bain & Company, advising mainly FMCG and retail companies on strategy and was also involved in due diligence for private equity funds. He holds an MSc in Management from EM Lyon and a MBA from INSEAD.

Mark Johnston, Managing Director, Glasgow Airport

Mark joined Glasgow Airport as Continuous Improvement Project Manager in 2000.

He then went on to hold a number of different roles within the airport operation, including Head of Terminal and Security, Head of Infrastructure and Technical services and latterly Operations Director, before being appointed Managing Director in May this year.  

Mark has a BA Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Heriot Watt University and also an MBA from Glasgow University. He is responsible for leading and developing Glasgow Airport - a high profile, complex business that supports over 5,000 jobs, involves multiple private and public stakeholders and is a critical part of Scotland’s transport infrastructure

 

Customer charter

Glasgow Airport values your custom and we are committed to ensuring your time with us is enjoyable, hassle free and you feel safe at all times.Our Customer Charter is based on the things you told us are important to you and specifically how we can ensure you have a great experience as you travel through the airport.Our commitment to you is that we will do everything we can to meet your expectations and give you a fantastic and memorable airport experience.We welcome your feedback and ideas on how we can improve your airport experience so we would delighted to hear from you.

 Download our customer charter commitments (735KB PDF)

Who does what?

Running a busy airport is a complex operation which involves ensuring everything is safe and secure for the benefit of our passengers, staff and visitors.

It is important that all of our services run smoothly so our responsibilities include:

  • Looking after security
  • Property management
  • Retail facilities
  • Fire services and cargo

We also have an obligation to minimise our environmental impact so we have a robust corporate responsibility agenda and positive results of which we are very proud. As a business, we want to be a leader in this field.

To achieve our goals and aspirations, Glasgow Airport works in partnership with many other organisations to deliver a high-quality service:

Airlines

Responsible for checking in passengers, delivering hold luggage to its final destination, cargo, providing and fuelling aircraft, boarding passengers, passenger safety, on-board catering and complaint handling.

Civil Aviation Authority

Controls all flight paths and aircraft routes at UK airports, regulates airlines, airports and the National Air Traffic Services. The CAA also sets airport charges at the London airports.

UK Border Force

Border Force was formed on 1 March 2012 as a law enforcement command within the Home Office. Border Force secures the border and promotes national prosperity by facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and goods, whilst preventing those that would cause harm from entering the UK. This is achieved through the immigration and customs checks carried out by its staff.

National Air Traffic Services (NATS)

Looks after air traffic control and management, ensuring aircraft flying in UK airspace and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic are safely separated.

History

Glasgow Airport is proud to serve Scotland and has done so for over 50 years.

14 November 1960

Government decision to replace Renfrew Airport with a new one at Abbotsinch as it had reached capacity – Glasgow Corporation would be responsible for its operation

May 1965

Construction of the new airport commenced at a cost of £4.5m to build the new airport designed by Sir Basil Spence

2 May 1966

Glasgow Airport opens for business

27 June 1966

Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the airport

1 May 1967

Glasgow Airport handled 654 different

June 1967

Transatlantic services commenced

September 1972

Glasgow handled its first visits form wide-bodied jets – a Lockheed TriStar and the following month a Laker DC-10

6 January 1975

Agreement was reached for ownership of Glasgow Airport to transfer from Glasgow Corporation to the British Airports Authority effective from 1st April 1975

12 January 1975

British Airways introduced the London Shuttle with Trident 1Cs 

24 October 1975

Alitalia operated the first Boeing 747 into Glasgow

12 May 1976

The European Cup Final (Bayern Munich v St Etienne at Hampden) saw Glasgow’s busiest day since opening with over 60 aircraft on the airfield by kick-off time

 

June 1976

A £2m extension of the passenger terminal was commenced to allow capacity to increase to 3.5m

 

11 October 1981

British Airways’ Concorde arrived in Glasgow for the first time. It flew a commemorative flight between Glasgow and London

 

February 1983

“Shuttle 6F” – Trident 1C G-ARPP flew its last flight before being delivered to the Airport Fire Service as a training aircraft

 

7 June 1983

A NASA Boeing 747 with Space Shuttle Enterprise on top made a low flyover Glasgow

30 August 1983

British Airways introduced the London Super Shuttle services and to celebrate brought 3 Concorde to Glasgow

May 1984

The first regular B747 commenced for Aviaco flying to Tenerife

November 1985

First, ever easyJet flight touches down in Glasgow from Luton

27 March 1985

Glasgow had its first visit of a Boeing 767 – Britannia Airways

29 December 1985

The last Trident aircraft flight took place at Glasgow Airport

16 March 1988

Air 2000 launched its Glasgow operation using the Boeing 757

 

March 1989

The biggest ever development since the airport was built commenced with a 3-year £55m expansion of the terminal (expanding by 70% of its original size)

6 March 1990

The change of Prestwick’s transatlantic gateway status provided the opportunity for both British and foreign airlines to fly scheduled services from Glasgow

 

October 1990

BAA plc revealed plans for a further £60m development of the airport providing a new international pier, baggage hall and immigration area

 

15 June 1992

HRH, The Princess Royal officially opened the extension to the main terminal

 

11 June 1997

Glasgow had its first Boeing 777 visit –a medical diversion – United Airlines

 

16 July 1998

Continental Airlines commenced its Glasgow to New York service

 

1 January 2000

First commercial flight of the 21st century from Glasgow was the Loganair Air Ambulance

 

June 2004

Terminal 2 opens to allow increased check-in capacity, now with a total of 38 gates

 

July 2006

BAA plc was taken over by a consortium led by Ferrovial for £10.1bn, to

latterly be known as Heathrow Airport Holdings

 

October 2006

A £32m terminal development plan was approved to consolidate the security search

facilities and increase the airside area of the terminal creating a central departure lounge

 

1 July 2007

Glasgow Airport reopened in just under 24hrs after it was targeted in a terrorist attack

October 2008

£31m terminal extension launched

 

4 January 2010

Glasgow Airport’s community fund, The FlightPath Fund, was launched

 

April 2010

Icelandair moves its entire hub operation from Iceland to Glasgow during the

eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

10 July 2013

Glasgow Airport launches a new brand identity to give a ‘Sense of Place’

 

16 July 2014

Sir Chris Hoy MBE officially opens the new International Arrivals area

 

23 July – 3 August 2014

Over 4000 athletes and officials from 71 commonwealth nations travel through the airport as part

of the XX Commonwealth Games

October 2014

Ryanair commences services from Glasgow Airport

 

18 December 2014

Glasgow Airport is sold as part of a group including Aberdeen and

Southampton from Heathrow

 

May 2015

WestJet Airlines of Canada chooses Glasgow as its first UK airport and its second in Europe after

Dublin. Daily flights operate May to October between Glasgow and Halifax/Toronto

 

September 2015

Air Transat announces Scotland’s first ever direct link to Montreal. First flight departs 30 May 2016

 

September 2015

Air Canada announces its return to Glasgow Airport in June 2016 with three flights a week to Toronto

 

November 2015

£1m mark reached for The FlightPath Fund

 

December 2015

Air France returns to Glasgow with a daily service to Paris Charles de Gaulle from March 2016

December 2015

Romanian airline Blue Air commences twice-weekly service to Bucharest, Romania

December 2015

Glasgow Airport records its largest ever annual passenger increase with over 1 million additional

passengers added in 12 months. Total passengers in 2015 were 8.7million, the busiest year since the

peak in passengers of 2007 – 8.8million passengers

January 2016

South Korean Tour Operator Hanjin Travel and Korean Air will launch Scotland’s first

ever direct link to Seoul in August 2016 when it commences a short series of charter

flights to bring South Korean tourists to Scotland

27 March 2016

Air France launches services from Glasgow Airport

28 April 2016

The first-ever aircraft on land at Glasgow Airport, the Cherokee 6 returns

to Glasgow to mark 50th anniversary with a special flight

2 May 2016

Official 50 year anniversary of first commercial flight landing at Glasgow Airport

7 June 2016

Delta Airlines announces a new service from Glasgow to New York’s JFK

airport starting May 2017

8 June 2016

The oldest trophy in the world of golf, the Claret Jug, touched down at Glasgow

Airport ahead of the 145th Open at Royal Troon in July

8 June 2016

The oldest trophy in the world of golf, the Claret Jug, touched down at Glasgow

Airport ahead of the 145th Open at Royal Troon in July

8 July 2016

HRH, The Princess Royal visits Glasgow Airport to commemorate 50th anniversary

September 2016

More routes from Ryanair to Lisbon, Palanga, Lithuania, Valencia, Zadar, and Croatia.

2016

Over 9million passengers in 2016. Our busiest year ever.

June 2017

Virgin Atlantic operates its largest ever programme to Orlando and celebrates 10 years on the route

September & October 2017

Madrid, Frankfurt, and Krakow take flight with Ryanair.

October 2017

Lufthansa announces year-round service to Munich.

2017

Will top 2016 and be our busiest year ever.

Thomas Cook launched their winter service to Hurghada. 

Delta Air Lines launched their summer daily service to JFK. 

Air Transat celebrated their 25th anniversary flying from Glasgow Airport. 

2018

Lufthansa launches daily year-round service to Frankfurt.

Thomas Cook launch summer service to Enfidha.

United Airlines will celebrate their 20th anniversary flying from Glasgow Airport.

Planning and development

Our vision for Glasgow Airport is to be Scotland’s preferred business and leisure airport by developing a strong and lasting route network and delivering an unrivalled customer experience. Our master plan, which was updated in 2011, sets out a clear strategy for future airport development aligned to this vision.

Glasgow Airport is an asset of strategic national importance, providing employment for more than 7,300 people across Scotland and generating nearly £200 million annually for the economy, more than any other airport in Scotland. As the airport grows, so too will the substantial contribution it makes to Scotland’s economic success.Not only does the master plan outline how the airport can grow to accommodate increased passenger demand up to 2040, it considers the benefits of a successful and growing airport that underpins both the local and wider Scottish economy.To view the master plan and associated documents:

 Masterplan (1,809KB PDF)

 Indicative proposal maps (2MB PDF)

 Noise contour maps (1.9MB PDF)

 

Airport Surface Access Strategy

 Glasgow Airport’s Surface Access Strategy can be viewed here. (3MB PDF)

 

Glasgow Airport Strategic Transport Appraisal Part 2 Executive Summary

Glasgow Airport jointly commissioned a review of strategic transport with Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council and Transport Scotland. The Glasgow Airport strategic transport apprisal part 2 executive summary document can be viewed below after it was completed in March 2014.

 The Glasgow Airport strategic transport appraisal part 2. (103KB PDF)

 You can also visit our Media Centre where you will find press releases relating to any relevant developments

Safeguarding

Aerodrome Safeguarding is the process used to ensure that the operation and development of Glasgow Airport is not inhibited by new developments in it’s vicinity. In particular the process contributes to the safe operation of aircraft during the approach and landing procedure, while taking-off, while flying in the airport’s vicinity, or while manoeuvring on the ground.

The process by which developments in the vicinity of the aerodrome are referred for consultation is set out in the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) and Circular 2/2003: Town and Country Planning (Safeguarding Aerodromes, Technical Sites and Military Explosives Storage Areas) (Scotland) Direction 2003.

Developments which can impact on the operation and development of the airport include:

  • Tall structures
  • Developments that may provide habitat or feeding ground for bids
  • Lighting schemes
  • Telecoms
  • Cranes
  • Wind turbines

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) has produced several advice notes providing useful information and guidance on safeguarding issues. These issues can be viewed here.

We would advise developers to consider safeguarding issues prior to submitting planning applications and are happy to provide pre-planning advice.

If you have any general enquiries please contact our Safeguarding Manager on 0141 842 7960.

Please send any pre-planning requests to GLASafeguarding@glasgowairport.com

AGS Tax strategy

This report provides an overview of AGS’s tax strategy in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 19(2) of Schedule 19 of The Finance Act 2016.

A list of entities to which it applies is set out below:

  • AGS Airports Holdings Limited
  • AGS Airports Investments Limited
  • AGS Airports Limited
  • Airports Holdings NDH1 Limited
  • BAA Lynton Limited
  • AGS Airports Pension Trustee Limited
  • Aberdeen International Airport Limited
  • Glasgow Airport Limited
  • Southampton International Airport Limited 

This strategy document was published on 22 December 2017 and applies from the date of publication until it is superseded.

 

AGS tax arrangements 

AGS pays a range of taxes in the UK, including Corporation Tax, Employment Taxes, VAT, Insurance Premium Tax and Business Rates. 

Our tax policy is to operate both within the letter and spirit of the UK’s tax laws at all times.

 

Approach to tax governance and risk management

AGS conducts its business through its three UK airport sites, with no overseas operations. 

AGS operates a system of tax risk assessment and controls as a component of its overall risk management and internal control framework. 

We manage risks to ensure compliance with legal requirements in a manner which ensures payment of the right amount of tax at the right time. 

Ultimate responsibility for AGS´s tax strategy and compliance rests with the Board of Directors. The Chief Financial Officer maintains executive responsibility for tax matters and for fulfilling compliance requirements.
  

Attitude to tax planning and level of risk

AGS seeks to reduce the level of tax risk arising from its operations as far as is reasonably practicable by ensuring that reasonable care is applied in relation to all processes which could materially affect its compliance with its tax obligations. 

As part of our business and commercial operations we seek to utilise available tax reliefs, incentives and exemptions in line with both the intent and letter of tax legislation. 

AGS does not undertake tax planning inconsistent with its commercial objectives. 

The level of risk that AGS is willing to accept in relation to UK tax is consistent with its overall objective of achieving certainty in its tax affairs. 

We will seek external tax advice where necessary to ensure the right amount of tax is determined in any complex circumstances.
 

Relationship with HMRC

AGS seeks to have a transparent, honest and constructive relationship with HMRC. 

Any inadvertent errors in submissions made to HMRC are fully disclosed as soon as reasonably practicable after they are identified.