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Passenger aviation

Glasgow Prestwick Airport currently serves in excess of 2.3 million people who live within 60 minutes’ drive of the airport.

The airport has facilities suitable for up to 2.5 million passengers per annum.


The airport has two runways, with its main runway 2,987 meters in length – the longest commercial runway north of Manchester. This enables the airport to handle all types of aircraft.

The highly skilled staff in the dedicated freight processing facility have experience of handling specialist, large scale, high volume and quick turnaround freight jobs.

Military and Executive aviation

Business aviation, military, medical and recreational flights can all be handled quickly and discreetly on a dedicated secure apron, supported by a remote immigration clearance facility.

Fuelling and other aviation services

Located on the Great Circle Route between North America and the Middle East, and being the first mainland airport between the USA and Europe, Glasgow Prestwick Airport is ideally located for fuel stops. The airport is also able to offer in-house de-icing and a full range of apron services.

Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)

On-site is the heavy maintenance repair and overhaul facility for Ryanair, operating across five bays within two purpose built aircraft hangars.

General aircraft MRO is also available in an additional on airport wide bodied aircraft hangar facility.


The superb weather conditions, clear airspace, lack of congestion, length of runway and the availability of take-off and landing over sea and agricultural land ensures that Glasgow Prestwick is one of the most popular and established training airports in the UK.

Emergency responsiveness

The airport is open all year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operates at Fire Category 7.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is one of only two tier-one airports in the United Kingdom able to take aircraft in the case of security emergencies. The airport actively organises regular training and verification exercises with partners and other key organisations to ensure the highest levels of preparedness are in place to deal with such emergencies.

As a commercial airport, all necessary emergency plans are already prepared and in place.

A further advantage in any emergency situation is the airport’s proximity to hospitals, including Crosshouse and Ayr Hospitals, both of which are within 20 minutes’ drive.

Search and rescue base

Bristow Helicopters Ltd operates search and rescue helicopter services from Glasgow Prestwick Airport on behalf of HM Coastguard. The Search and Rescue base operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year using two state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-92 helicopters equipped with the latest search and rescue technology, including night vision, mission management and increased on-board medical capabilities.

Commercial property and development opportunities

The airport has a range of property available for businesses including offices, specialist properties, warehousing and hangar space.

The footprint of the airport is 880 acres – with a substantial amount of this available for suitable aerospace developments.

NASA partner

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a current NASA partner that welcomes astronauts returning from space, via Kazakhstan. The airport provides space to NASA for hygiene facilities, health checks and rehabilitation.

Host for industry

The existence of the airport – along with its long history in aviation – enables it to play host to a number of aviation and aerospace companies and other auxiliary services.

Neighbours already include BAE Systems, Spirit Aerospace, GE Aviation, Collins Aerospace and National Air Traffic Control (NATS).

The airport is working with South Ayrshire Council and Scottish Enterprise to develop and establish an aerospace and space hub at Prestwick for global businesses operating in these sectors.