Glasgow Prestwick Airport

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

Prestwick Airport is a gem. I am biased as I live 15 mins away and use this airport for the majority of my european business travel. Please stay small as it is so easy to get in and out of the terminal and the car park!
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

I find the comments about Prestwick being to the detriment to the west of Scotland absurd. Without the low cost links to France Spain Italy etc I and many other businesses just would not be able operate on the continent. Glasgow (GLW) is hardly losing long haul business when companies such as Continental American Air Canada and Emirates to name a few have international operations there (no British Airways?). Prestwick was ignored for decades by the major UK carriers so well done Ryanair for rejuvenating it! The airport is now well serviced by road rail and bus links and provides reasonable facilities for budget travel. However The current owners need to start showing some improvement in the infrastructure for their extra income. My pet hate about Prestwick: What idiot thought of closing two of three lanes to traffic in front of the terminal and banning drop-offs / pick ups? Presumably this was done to increase car park revenue but has only served to create needless traffic jams at peak times. Second irritation is how ground staff do not enforce the sequenced numbered boarding procedure. Just plain laziness and Ryanair ought to have a word with them.
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

Could not disagree with J Taylor's Comments more. Prestwick has been around a lot longer than the 50's. It first opened in 1935. The renovated terminal opened in 1964 1959 / 1960 the apron was renovated for the jet age. The airport has a much larger apron than glasgow and the airport diverts cargo usage away from the BAA airports freeing up slots for us to use for commercial transports. The landing charges are much cheaper than those at Glasgow and Edinburgh which is why Ryanair chose to operate from there.
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

A major plus at Prestwick is the fast half-price train link to Glasgow (45min) where you can also change for Edinburgh (+1h45m or +1h15 if you're quick). For the early morning/late night bus to/from the airport see the airport's website.
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

Most of the comments are correct in that Prestwick only survives to the detriment of the west of Scotland because Ryanair use it. Ryanair insisted on calling it "Glasgow" although in typical Ryanair speak that city is 30 miles away. And being a 50's airport is sadly lacking in most modern passenger handling arrangements but thats Ryanair too. Their bucket seat operation deprives the true Glasgow Airport of the short haul international services which also offered through links to and from more distant areas not served direct from GLA. Examples Lufthansa Air France Sabena once operated giving links worlwide. They or another carrier still operate to other Scottish Airports. Edinburgh Airport illustrates the damage Prestwick and Ryanair operation is causing to the true expansion of international routes at Glasgow with a steady influx of short haul flights to Switzerland Germany Russia etc. As a consequence Edinburgh is now starting to attract some long haul international airlines Delta Continental plus long haul charter previously the role of Glasgow. With a population base of 2.3 million in the west and 0.8 in the east the west cannot operate successfully with two such mismatched airports.
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

Flying recently Prestwick-Pisa we found the only flight leaves at about 7am so the half-price train service isn't much use. There is apparently a bus leaving Edinburgh Waverley at 300am to meet this flight but it isn't well advertised and we would have had to get up at 2am or probably never go to bed. We paid £45 for 12 days parking.
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

It is a pity this airport has managed to survive. It is located in the wrong place. Oh for the days when cheap flights from GO to Italy were possible using Glasgow Airport. The links to Glasgow could be good if there was an integrated transport policy. I wonder if John Prescott or Tony Blair ever find themselves just missing the last train ? What is the point in the last train leaving just before the last planes arrive. The food and drink are poor value. The extra charge for a bottomless coke seems good at first sight but once you taste the coke you will understand why they will let you refill it as often as you want. One glass is all you will ever drink !
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

Having just used PIK the checkin desks and area are been modernised which means that 70 pc of the checkin desks are behind a wooden fence leaving 4 desks to checkin the flights resulting in a rather crowded area at times this is due to continue until april. This also means that the escalator from the railway overbridge is also fenced off you have to follow a corrider above
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

Prestwick is my 'local' airport and I use it more than any other. The terminal building was built in the sixties and remained chronically underused for many years. Government interference stated that all of Scotland's transatlantic flights should land at Prestwick and not surprisingly few airlines took them up on the offer. This restriction was removed in the early nineties and it seemed as though Prestwick might be closed for ever. However with new owners touting for buisness Ryanair entered the scene and the airport has not looked back. Plenty of money has been spent in making the airport a viable alternative to the much more handily placed Glasgow International. Firstly a rail station was built on site giving passengers two trains to central Glasgow per hour. Car parks were expanded whilst internally a number of changes were made. Overall though the terminal is showing its age and such things as check-in have a distinctly low-tech feel to them. However the staff are courteous and the queues move quickly. Groundside catering has improved lately though the grandly named 'Graceland' bar (Prestwick is the only place in Britain where Elvis Presley is known to have set foot) has gone. Airside is an odd experience. You a channeled through the duty free shop (everything except booze and tobacco available to all passengers) to the waiting area which is below the level of the aircraft stands. It can get a bit crowded in here and very messy if a number of flights are scheduled at the same time. As most flights are with Ryanair the rush for unreserved seating leads to long queues through the one door that leads to the aircraft gates. Ryanair are supposed to have a priority system for boarding but no one pays the slightest bit of notice to it. Once through the door you walk to the appropriate gate underground emerging up the stairs on the tarmac for a short walk to the aircraft. On your return another walk brings you to the bagage reclaim which can be either very quick indeed or annoyingly slow depending on your luck. The worst part of the experience is paying the car parking fees which are huge. Book in advance if you can or better still use the train. Overall though Prestwick is not a bad airport to use and access will be much better next year when the road to Glasgow is upgraded to motorway standard.
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport customer review

Glasgow Prestwick is an excellent asset to the city of Glasgow mainly due to the expansion of Ryanair European flights at the airport train links to downtown Glasgow are good and quick. The airport offers good opportunity for scottish travellers to enjoy cheap city breaks and also brings more visitors to Glasgow from overseas.
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