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Glasgow Prestwick Airport

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport Delays

About Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is situated about 32 miles from the city centre of Glasgow and 1.2 miles north-east of Prestwick in South Ayrshire. Covering an expansive area of about 7,000 acres, it is considered the largest commercial airfield in Scotland. The airport prides itself in providing the best services to all its passengers. It offers a bureau de change outlet, baby changing facilities, a railway station, conference rooms for hire, a Lost Property Office, a prayer room at the upper level of the terminal, a smoking zone, free Internet access and a spacious parking area. The airport also boasts a spectator's gallery offering panoramic views of the airport, allowing you to observe aircraft taking off and landing. The airport is easily accessible from Glasgow city centre, with a direct rail connection from the airport terminal to Glasgow Central Station. All passengers travelling to and from the airport receive 50% discount on the standard fare by showing their official flight confirmation and photo id. 30% of passengers arrive at the airport on this “AirTrain” service, with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes.

Ryanair is the only airline operating from the airport currently, servicing routes to the UK and Europe, including Dublin, Alicante, Barcelona and Faro. The number of passengers using the airport peaked in 2004 with 2.4 million. This number has now declined to just over 1.1 million, most likely a result of the recent recession, but there are signs that these levels are once again on the rise. Currently, the management is working on a multi-million pound plan to extend the runway, redevelop the car park, increase the number of buildings, construct a 6,500-square metre maintenance hangar, and a bigger departure lounge. Apart from creating more jobs, this will also increase the airport's general appearance and attract more passengers and potential investors.

Glasgow Airport's History

The airfield was established in the year 1934 as a training airfield. It was owned by David McIntyre who set up the Scottish Aviation Limited at one corner of the airfield. At this time it had very limited buildings, members of staff, and storage facilities. With the onset of the Second World War, the airport was used as an American military base and was expanded rapidly so as to accommodate the large volume of United Sates Air Force (USAF) aircraft and weapons. Several upgrades were made to the terminal building, taxiway, and the runway. It was later turned into civilian airport in the year 1960, before being sold to a private company in the early 1990s. After a period of poor management, the airport was renovated in 1994 and a modern railway station constructed at the nearby Ayrshire Coast to improve the transport network and attract more passengers. Today, the airport continues to offer low-cost flights and is also used for refuelling military aircraft.

Punctuality is often a problem at Glasgow

Recent reports released by the airport's management indicate that it usually experiences 15% of late departures and 6% of late arrivals on a daily basis. Due to its location, there is usually an increase in delays and cancellations from Glasgow Prestwich during the winter months of December and January. To see all current Delays, you can simply have a look at the table above this article.

According to EU Regulation 261/2004, passengers affected by flight delays, cancellations, or overbooking may be entitled to compensation from the concerned airline. This applies for all flights departing or arriving in the EU. The process of claiming compensation is often too time-consuming and overwhelming for individuals to tackle alone. Thus, you can consult Flightright to do all the hard work on your behalf.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
< 1,500km
3H Delay
400 €
1,500km - 3,500km
3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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