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About Glasgow Airport

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 Ventures Airports Limited, an entity controlled by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4 LP.

Macquarie and Ferrovial have a long and successful history of partnering with each other across a number of infrastructure projects.

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

With more than two decades of experience developing and owning essential infrastructure around the world, Macquarie partners with governments and communities to manage assets that underpin economies including airports, roads, utilities, telecommunications and energy infrastructure. Managing investments on behalf of institutional investors, Macquarie is the world’s largest infrastructure manager. For more information visit

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

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 (2665m long)
• Terminals: Two – our main terminal plus our 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)

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Andy Carlisle, Head of Portfolio Management at Ferrovial Airports

Andy has nearly 30 years of experience from across the world in the transport sector. He started his airports career at Jacobs Consultancy, initially in capacity analysis and simulation modelling, before advising clients in the emerging airport transaction market and spending nearly 3 years in the USA. After returning to the UK in 2006, Andy joined Macquarie before returning to management consultancy, heading both the ICF SH&E and the LeighFisher airports advisory UK practices. In 2016, he established AirPort360 to provide airport investors with an independent perspective and all-round business planning advice. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Kingston Polytechnic and a Master of Science in Transport Planning and Management from the Polytechnic of Central London.

María Casero, Asset Management, People, Comms & CSR Director at Ferrovial Airports

María oversees the acquisition, ownership and management of the division’s international assets, with a particular focus on people, communications, and CSR strategy. She is also a non-executive director of Heathrow Airport Holdings and AGS Airports (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton).

María has over 32 years' experience in the aeronautical industry in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Having held a variety of roles in a range of relevant businesses, she takes a holistic view of the sector. She instinctively takes account of the product, the infrastructure, the service providers and the distribution channels.

María's career began as an Accounting Manager at American Airlines. She then spent 14 years with British Airways, eventually becoming its HR Director for Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2006, she moved to Carlson Wagonlit Spain as Human Resources and Internal Communications Director, and a member of the Executive Committee for the Mediterranean Area.

In 2008 she joined us to lead our Human Resources and Communication function. As a member of the Executive Committee, María coordinates the people and communication activity for assets managed by the division. She also takes the lead on these issues for all investment opportunities pursued by the division.
María is a member of Ferrovial's Academic Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and is a World Business Partner at the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

Academic Background
Bachelor’s degree in Law from Universidad San Pablo CEU
Executive MBA and Executive Certified Coach from IE Business School

Miguel Rodera, Asset Management Director at Ferrovial Airports

Miguel is responsible for helping monitor and manage business performance at Aberdeen, Glasgow, Southampton, and Dalaman airports, as well as FMM in Qatar. He joined Ferrovial Airports in 2022 as Head of Portfolio Management. He has over 20 years of experience in the aviation sector, having held several management positions at AENA. Miguel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, an MBA from IE Business School, and an Executive PDI from ICEX.

Simon Geere, Chief Executive Officer, Farnborough Airport (and Senior Adviser to MIRA)

As Chief Executive Officer of Farnborough Airport, Simon is responsible for all aspects of the business including strategic planning, capital investment and stakeholder management.

Previously, Simon spent 18 years in MIRA’s European transport team in London, where he was 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 has held directorships at the Arlanda Express, Copenhagen Airports, Bristol Airport, Birmingham Airport, Brussels Airport and Newcastle Airport (holding the role of chairman at several of these), and has been an Executive Director at Luton Airport.

Jim O’Sullivan FREng CEng, Senior Adviser to MIRA

Jim served as Chief Executive at Highways England from 2015 to 2021 where he led the successful delivery of the Government’s first Road Investment Strategy including the delivery of a £13bn capital programme, major advances in safety, and a new focus on treating road users as customers.

Prior to this he was with Heathrow Airport Holdings where he was Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport and oversaw the sale of their regional airports. He spent nine years in senior roles in utilities including at National Grid and at Eon. He was also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the ORR, for four years.

At British Airways he held a number of operational and engineering posts, including Chief Engineer for Concorde, and the Programme Vice President for the B777 while based in the U.S.

Jim is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Major Projects Association and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He holds a degree in Air Transport Engineering at City University in London, an MBA from Lancaster and he is an Alumni of the Senior Executive Programme at M.I.T in Boston USA.

Academic Background

Bachelor’s degree in Law from Universidad San Pablo CEU
Executive MBA and Executive Certified Coach from IE Business School

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AGS Airports Executive Team & Airport Management

Andy Cliffe, Chief Executive Officer, AGS Airports Lts

Andy Cliffe joined AGS Airports as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 January 2023. Mr Cliffe has extensive experience of the aviation industry having previously spent 19 years with the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) where he served as a member of the group’s executive committee.

During his time with MAG, Mr Cliffe held the position of managing director of East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. He also held senior positions across a variety of functions including finance, operations, commercial, real estate development, strategy and corporate development.

Latterly, Mr Cliffe was the chief executive of Midland Expressway Ltd which operates the UK’s only major toll road, the M6toll.

Mark Johnston, Chief Operating Officer, AGS Airports

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 2018. Mark was appointed Chief Operating Officer of AGS Airports in November 2020. Mark has a BA Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and also an MBA from Glasgow University.

Gillian Bruton, Chief Financial Officer, AGS Airports

Gillian qualified with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and completed her Chartered Accounting qualification with PWC in Glasgow. She then spent three years working as an International Internal Auditor with Thorn EMI, based near London. In 1998 Gillian joined Polaroid , where she held various finance roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as group Finance Director from 2007 to 2013 for the Polaroid Eyewear division, which manufactured and sold Polaroid Eyewear branded sunglasses globally. In May 2013 she was appointed as Finance Director for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd the group which owns and operates 11 airports around Scotland, including Inverness and Sumburgh airports. This was a joint appointment with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. Gillian joined the AGS Executive in November 2020.

Roger Hunt, Chief of Business Services

Following a career spanning 26 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, where Roger had a number of roles across both the Business and HR, he left the position of Global Implementation Manager in 2009 to take up a fresh challenge as Head of Human Resources for the Scottish Prison Service. He joined Aberdeen Airport in 2011 as Head of HR before moving into the operation as Operations Director in 2013. He joined the AGS Executive Committee in January 2015 as Director for HR, Capital and Innovation. Roger is currently Chief of Business Services.

Matt Hazlewood, Chief Commercial Officer, AGS Airports

Matt joined AGS in 2021 with more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. He started his career in easyJet, working in the airport development and procurement fields before moving to Budapest to take on the role of Head of Network and Scheduling at Wizz Air. Following three years at Wizz, Matt worked in several senior network strategy roles in Norwegian and spent two years in Barcelona advising on the sale of Spanair. He also spent four years working at Gatwick Airport as the Head of Airline Relations.

Airport Management:

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director, Glasgow Airport

Having first joined Glasgow in 2000, Ronald has held numerous senior roles at the airport and the wider AGS group with a broad range of responsibilities across its aviation, security and terminal operations.

Ronald also held the role of Operations Director at Aberdeen International Airport before returning to Glasgow in 2014 to lead the Capital and Engineering functions. He has been responsible for delivering capital investment programmes totalling £70 million, including the replacement of the airport’s baggage systems to meet Standard 3 compliance. Ronald also played a crucial operational role in bringing the iconic A380 aircraft into regular service in 2019, which was a first for Scottish aviation.


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 be delighted to hear from you.

Download our customer Charter Commitments (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:


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.



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.


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.


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. 


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.


Air Transport Movements per year: 92,000

Passengers Per Year: 8.8 million

Air Cargo Per Year: 12,822 tonnes

Airlines: 20

Destinations: 100 +

The Emirates A380 made a historic return to Glasgow Airport, flying double daily to Dubai from April 2019.


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.

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)


Visit our Media Centre

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

Media Centre


Aerodrome Safeguarding is the process used to ensure that the operation and development of Glasgow Airport is not inhibited by new developments in its 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 birds
  • Lighting schemes
  • Telecoms
  • Cranes
  • Wind turbines

Where issues are identified we will always seek to work with developers to mitigate and enable development to proceed. In the case of predicted impact of wind turbines on primary surveillance radar, we have an established radar mitigation process for developers to follow. Our Strategic Turbine Mitigation Scheme offers a scalable solution that meets the objectives of developers, planning authorities and aviation stakeholders through a pioneering deployment of leading edge smart technology backed by a number of processes, operational procedures and legal obligations on both the Airport and any benefitting developer to ensure that the safe and efficient operation of the airport is not impacted at any point in the wind farm’s lifetime.

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 safeguarding enquiries, please contact our Safeguarding Manager on 07808115881.

Please send any pre-planning requests to

Airport Operators Association (AOA)

Useful advice notes providing information and guidance on safeguarding issues

Airport Operators Association (AOA)

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 reviewed on the 2nd of December 2020 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 that ensures payment of the right amount of tax at the right time. 

The 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.

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