GLASGOW Airport is offering visitors free parking to see the world's largest passenger plane touch down in the city.

The iconic Emirates A380, which is the length of two blue whales and the height of five giraffes - is returning to Glasgow for the first time since September 2019.

To accommodate excited plane fanatics wanting to catch a glimpse of the aircraft, which will land on Sunday, March 26, the airport is offering visitors six hours of free parking at the long-stay car park from 11am. 

A map has been published outlining locations for viewing of the aircraft’s arrival and departure, which will be limited to specific areas around the perimeter of the airfield.

There will be no waiting or parking permitted on any of the airfield’s perimeter roads: Barnsford Road, Abbotsinch Road and Walkinshaw Road.

Glasgow Times:

The A380 is expected to land at Glasgow Airport at 12.45pm and take off at 2.35pm.

As it is expected to be an exciting and busy day, the airport is working with Police Scotland to put various measures in place to ensure both the safety of visitors and to minimise congestion on both the airport’s road network and surrounding roads.

Glasgow Times:

The following safety advice has been issued by the airport in liaison with Police Scotland: 

Please keep to the pavements or grass areas if viewing the aircraft from the perimeter.

Please do not use any roads as a walking route or viewing area. The roads around the airport will remain open and traffic must be able to pass freely at all times.

Climbing aides are not permitted and please do not attempt to climb the fence. Airport security and police will be stationed around the perimeter of the airfield.

Please take care not to leave any litter as packaging, containers and other objects can create a safety risk to aircraft.

Visitors are reminded that the operation of drones within 5km of the airfield of any UK airport is illegal and extremely dangerous.

Airport access gates around the perimeter fence must remain clear of people and vehicles for access by the emergency services.

The use of public transport is also encouraged to minimise congestion and traffic.