Glasgow Airport’s car park gets transformed into a Covid-19 test centre

Glasgow Airport remodelled one of their car park into a massive “large-scale testing area” to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Their 17-acre long stay car park became a drive-through site yesterday for coronavirus testing.

For now, it is only testing the frontline NHS workers and is not accessible to the public.

The airport’s managing director, Mark Johnson says “We are in regular contact with both the UK and Scottish governments and have offered our facilities available to support the response to the Covid-19 pandemic

He then further added that “Glasgow Airport has space and infrastructure capable of accommodating a large-scale testing area and we are only too happy to support in this way.

“The impact of this virus affects us all and Glasgow Airport and our people will continue to support the national effort to overcome Covid-19 and stand ready to help in any way we can.”

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The NHS staff members have five lanes which they can use by appointment and there they will give swab samples to be tested for Covid-19.

Alister Jack, the Scottish Secretary states that the new testing centre at the airport in“funded by the government in an attempt to “keep out frontline NHS staff” safe and doing “the jobs they are trained to do”. This also means that the ones who don’t have the disease can “go back to work and treat those who are most in need of care”.

She also mentions that “This is part of the UK Government’s plan to vastly expand our testing capacity as we continue to work around the clock and across the country to protect the vulnerable, support the NHS and save lives.”

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Glasgow Airport gets local council’s approval for metro link

There had been discussions about a metro link for Glasgow Airport and it has now been approved by the local council so the plans are now ready to move in motion.

During the first phase, the metro will provide a link from Paisley Gilmour Street train station to Glasgow Airport before reaching further east. There had been a lot of talks about this previously too, with deals initially getting the green later and then being dismissed later. This link was first suggested by a commission that was in charge of improving the city’s infrastructure in April 2019 in order to both boost the economy and to help areas where there was next to no transport available.

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Glasgow Airport puts an end to single-use plastics!

With over 5,300 employees and 9.9 million passengers at Glasgow Airport each year, it’s easy to see how single-use plastic is a large-scale issue for the site. However a new initiative has been launched in the hope to try and reduce this problem. Continue reading…

Glasgow Airport staff trained to assist passengers with autism

In a recent article by Airport Parking Shop, the light was shed on how travelling with autism can, at some points, be a stressful experience.

It was thought that UK airports could actively do more to take this stress off of passengers, with staff training and fast track security being two of the strongest suggestions. With this in mind, this week’s news that Glasgow Airport has become the first airport in the UK to provide specialist staff training, in order to aid and assist the Autism Reality Experience is brilliant to hear!

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Record month for Glasgow Airport!

Official numbers have been revealed, Glasgow Airport boasts passenger numbers around 603,000 which is a 7.7% increase from February in 2016. The airport have also said they have seen a 20.3% rise in flights to European destinations such as Barcelona, Brussels and Paris.

Data chart from Glasgow Airport
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New member of Glasgow Airport staff – Britain’s first robot worker

December; the month of new gadget gifts! Well last month, Glasgow Airport unveiled a little gadget of their own. The airport presented its newest worker amongst the crew; GLAdys, a 4-foot tall, state of the art robot, fit with 3 main entertainment functions, built to communicate with passengers in the main terminals over the month of December. Continue reading…

John Barrie – The Glasgow Airport life saver is set to retire a hero

After 11 years of loyal duty, the duty safety officer at Glasgow Airport has decided he is ready to retire.

John Barrie, who has more than a decade of saving lives at the busy Scottish airport under his belt, has given CPR more than 12 times while watching travellers pass through the city and even keeps in touch with those who his first class medical assistance has saved. Not all heros wear capes! Continue reading…

New train station in Glasgow could provide quick transport to the Airport

Plans have been revealed to build a new train station on a 40 acre site near to Glasgow Airport.

The new train facilities would be situated just over a mile from the airport itself and would be used to transport passengers to the terminal on a specialist track using lightweight vehicles. The train station would also feature a park and ride car park for passenger use.

Train passing through Glasgow City Centre
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