Glasgow Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At Glasgow Airport we provide tower, approach and engineering services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided for the airport and surrounding airspace. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to give aircraft clearance to taxi, take-off and land.


This is a radar-based control service located in the lower part of the tower. Incoming aircraft are managed from approximately 40 miles away from the aerodrome, generally under 10,000ft.


An engineering team, based at the airport, are responsible for maintaining air traffic control services, such as radar and the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

The Operation: 2019

The current tower opened in 1966. CAA provided service then NATS once it became a separate entity.

  • Flights: 91.812 (-6% on 2018)
  • Passengers: 8.8m (-8% on 2018)
  • Busiest ranking: 8th—UK’s busiest airport (flights)

Annual flight movements (historical)



46 airlines covering 210 routes worldwide.

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Las Vegas,USA
  • Most travelled to destination: London Heathrow
  • Airports served: 120

The Airport

The tower building at Glasgow is supposedly haunted. Staff have reported to have experienced strange noises and lights turning themselves on and off before.

The airport enlisted the help of GLAdys (the UK’s first humanoid robot airport ambassador), to assist with customer service in 2016 and 2017.

  • Height of tower: 15m
  • 1 Runway: 2,665m x 45m

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