Glasgow Airport is a gateway to the continent for the whole of Scotland, providing its population of more than 5.25 million people with fast and direct access to many of their favourite holiday destinations.
Used by many of the UK's leading holiday airlines, such as EasyJet, FlyBe, Jet2, and the airline divisions of travel companies Thomson and Thomas Cook, the airport has come a long way since it opened in 1966.
Originally, it was merely a feeder airport to others in the UK, which meant passengers had to change planes to get to most of the popular holiday destinations. But its more convenient location for the most populous city in Scotland compared with its rival, Prestwick, soon resulted in flights being concentrated here.
Glasgow airport is just under seven miles from the city centre, and benefits from a shuttle bus service which runs non-stop between the city centre and the main terminal.
Owned and operated by the British Airports Authority, the growth in international traffic from the airport was recognised in 2006, when redevelopment of the international departure lounge was carried out.
The airport's departure lounge is a haven for anyone looking for designer clothes and accessories, luggage, and stuff to read to help them pass the time on their flight, while catering facilities offer a suitably cosmopolitan range of options.
If your best choice when you head off to the sun is to fly from Glasgow Airport, you'll find all the facilities you need right at hand, including car hire booking desks for all the big providers, currency exchange desks, and internet access, so you can stay connected right up until your flight is called for boarding.
As Scotland's main gateway for long-haul flights, most of the major hotel chains also offer accommodation so that you can break your journey, and be sure of being fresh for any early departure.
You can find out everything you need to know when you're due to fly from Glasgow airport by speaking to our expert travel advisers ahead of your departure at Coop Travel.