Information about these UK Airports
is located at Dyce, approximately 10kms from Aberdeen city centre. The
airport is the second busiest airport in Scotland and the sixth busiest in
the United Kingdom, handling around three million passengers each year.
An international airport, Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) is also the main heliport
for Britain's offshore oil industry - three terminals are dedicated to North
Sea helicopter operations, while there is one main terminal for non-oil
related flights. The airport is the world's busiest commercial heliport.
Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) opened in 1934 and during WWII it was used as an RAF
base. Subsequently, it quickly grew as Aberdeen's status as an oil city
expanded, and the airport now operates 24 hours. At present a multi-million
pound expansion and refurbishment project is underway to attract more
flights from Europe and North America and to improve passenger comfort and
services. This expansion project is expected to create 1,200 new jobs in
Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009, the airport offers passengers
everything they may expect from a busy modern airport. It serves 16 flights
to London each day, and the most popular international destination is the
Netherlands. Excellence in public and community relations is something the
airport strives for and in 2008 it was awarded 'Most Improved Airport in the
World' by the ACI.
The airport is easy to navigate, well-maintained despite extensive
refurbishment work taking place, and readily connected to Aberdeen city
centre by road and rail networks. Though there are no hotels within the
airport perimeter itself, several comfortable overnight accommodation
options are located close by.
Situated just outside the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast, George
Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) was known as Belfast City Airport until it
was renamed in 2006 in memory of legendary football player George Best, who
was born in Belfast. The airport was originally known as Belfast Harbour
Airport when it opened for commercial flights in 1983.
This large and modern airport receives regular flights from a number of UK
destinations such as London, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle. Operating
along with Belfast International Airport, the airport is one of Northern
Ireland's major gateways, handling more than two million passengers each
Those who have time to kill at George Best Belfast City Airport will find
plenty to do. Business travellers can make use of the airport's professional
Conference Suite, while internet access is available at the airport as well
as banking, baby changing facilities and post boxes. There is also an
excellent range of shops and places to grab a light bite or a filling meal.
The airport is specially designed to cope with the needs and wishes of a
range of travellers. Disabled travellers are very well catered for as there
are special disabled persons' toilets onsite as well as a specially designed
check-in desk, telephones and lifts.
George Best City Airport serves as a great starting point to explore
Northern Ireland as there are a good range of facilities and transport
options available to take visitors into the city in a mere matter of
minutes. Visitors can also make use of car hire, taxis, buses and trains to
take them to other parts of Northern Ireland and beyond.
Just over five million passengers pass through Belfast International Airport
(BFS) each year. Situated just 20 miles to the northwest of the city of
Belfast, this is Northern Ireland's main gateway, receiving regular flights
from a number of international destinations.
While the majority of visitors to Belfast International Airport arrive from
destinations in the UK and Europe, there are also regular flights from major
airports in the US and Canada. Popular destinations include Manchester,
Birmingham, London Heathrow, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Menorca. Belfast
International Airport also provides charter flights to Florida in
collaboration with US airline Continental.
Northern Ireland Airports Limited was formed in 1971, with passenger
services commencing shortly afterwards. The airport was renamed in 1983 and
during this time the airport received a major overhaul. Belfast
International Airport then became privatised in 1994, when ownership was
taken over by TBI, who have successful overseen operation of the airport
Despite having just one terminal building, Belfast International Airport has
a wide range of services and facilities for passengers to make use of such
as money changing, business facilities and postal services. There are some
excellent restaurants, bars and cafés located at the airport, with shopping
available at branches of popular high street shops. All services and
facilities are centralised, making them easy and convenient to locate.
Belfast International Airport is a great place to start exploring Northern
Ireland and the Irish Republic as there are plenty of transport options
available including car rental, buses and trains. Connecting flights are
also provided to other major cities such as Dublin.
Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is Britain's boom airport, with a
greater increase in passenger numbers in 2008 than any other airport in the
country. After Manchester, it is the busiest airport outside of the London
area. Almost 10 million passengers a year pass through the airport.
Opened in 1939, it is currently undergoing massive renovations, expansions
and refurbishments ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games but the beautiful
original Art Deco terminals and control towers are still on display.
The airport's history has only become busier and more storied in recent
years. A £40 million terminal development, which expanded the airport's
check in sections, boarding gates and retail spaces was completed in 2000.
At this time, refurbishment work was also completed on the immigration and
In 2003, Birmingham International Airport (BHX) opened an £11 million
Air-Rail Link - the first such system in the world - and a £7 million public
transport interchange. The two trains can carry up to 1,600 people per hour
between the rail station and the passenger terminals with a journey time of
just 90 seconds.
Concorde made one of its final visits to Birmingham International Airport (BHX)
in October 2003.
A new terminal called the New International Pier will open in 2009 - the
airport's 70th anniversary. This new terminal will celebrate its opening
with the arrival of the new Airbus A380, which the new terminal has been
specifically designed to accommodate. It will be a three-story construction
hosting an exclusive Emirates lounge and completely new arrivals and
Blackpool International Airport (BLK) is one of the fastest-growing airports
in the UK. It has doubled its throughput several times in the last ten
years, and operates an increasing number of charter flights to and from
western European holiday destinations.
The airport opened early in the 20th century as the first site of UK
aviation, though this was short-lived. It was quickly converted into a
racetrack and later a military hospital before resuming flights in the
1930s. Expansive renovation and expansion took hold after the turn of the
Facilities in the airport are thorough and continue to meet rising demand.
Currency exchange desks are found on both sides of security along with shops
that sell books, travel essentials and snacks. Blackpool also hosts a
duty-free shop for international passengers. Business passengers can make
use of the executive lounge or of neighbouring hotels.
Buses run from the airport to Blackpool city centre. Passengers bound for
another regional destination have two options. They can connect (via taxi or
a five-minute walk) to the nearby train station, or they can hire a taxi
from outside the Arrivals Hall to any local destination. Prominent hire car
firms also have desks at the airport.
Blackpool International Airport is a convenient gateway to Britain's
number-one holiday destination. A total of six million visitors arrive every
year, more and more of whom make use of the airport. Outside of Blackpool,
Southport is one of the most popular holiday resorts in the area.
Bournemouth International Airport (BOH) is a well-equipped facility with
access to England's southern coastline. It connects to 36 cities across
Europe and North America through a mix of regularly-scheduled and charter
flights. Services in the single-terminal facility are surprisingly thorough.
Bournemouth International Airport was recently ranked the best airport in
the UK by the Daily Telegraph, which labelled it as the third-best airport
in the world. Check-in and security protocol are fast and efficient, leaving
passengers plenty of time to enjoy dining, shopping and drinking facilities
before their flight.
Traveller essentials include currency exchange booths, a tourist information
desk, postal services and several ATMs. Internet is provided on both sides
of security. Other essentials include a number of shopping outlets
(including duty-free outlets), a food court, bar and two cafés.
Public transportation to and from the airport is possible by taxi or the
airport's A1 shuttle bus. The latter connects to transport hubs in
Bournemouth as well as neighbouring Christchurch, where there is a rail
depot with links to cities across the country. Bournemouth Airport is easily
accessed by road, and many visitors hire a car and travel according to their
Bournemouth is a popular travel destination in every season. It boasts many
miles of sandy coastline that became popular in the Victorian age. Beautiful
gardens and parks with deep-cut ravines attract visitors during the day,
while the evening focus shifts to the city's booming entertainment district.
Bournemouth is also conveniently close to ports along the English Channel,
for onward journeys to the Channel Islands or France.
Bristol International Airport (BRS) keeps a busy schedule, handling more
than one million passengers each year. The airport is the largest in the
southwest of England and is located around eight miles outside of Bristol
The single passenger terminal caters for both domestic and international
passengers. The airport serves more than 50 international destinations,
including cites across Europe and Africa. A large percentage of flights from
Bristol International Airport are operated by budget airlines such as Go and
The airport is well designed and boasts an excellent range of facilities for
passengers. A bay of 31 check-in gates ensures speedy processing and eight
departure gates are within easy walking distance from the security
The three storey terminal has a bureau de change counter, post office, ATMs
and a baby changing room. Passengers wishing to refuel before boarding can
choose from a selection of cafés and restaurants. A duty-free shopping area
and a handful of small outlets provide an opportunity for some last minute
A host of business services can be found at the comprehensive Media Centre,
including a conference room and two executive lounges. Both lounges offer
telephone, fax and internet services, as well as complimentary refreshments.
Three bus services provide transport between the airport and Bristol city
centre, and National Express operates a coach service to a number of other
destinations. The airport lacks a railway station, but the Bristol
International Flyer bus shuttles passengers to Bristol Temple Meads Railway
Station every 20 minutes. There is also a taxi rank outside the Arrivals
Bristol International Airport is a gateway not only to the city of Bristol,
but to the entire area of south west England known as the West Country.
Cardiff International Airport (CWL) is Wales' busiest airport handling
around two million passengers each year, and operating flights to a number
of major destinations in the UK and across Europe. Located 12 miles from the
city centre, Cardiff International Airport is a major gateway to Wales and
the west of England.
The single terminal is split in two levels, with Arrivals and Baggage
Reclaim situated on the ground floor, and Departures on the upper level. A
recent refurbishment has improved facilities at Cardiff International
Airport, so passengers can look forward to a pleasant and relaxing
experience while waiting for their flight.
Cardiff International Airport provides excellent services for passengers,
and boasts an array of amenities. ATMs can be found on the first floor of
the building and three bureau de change counters allow customers to purchase
foreign currency. A photocopy and fax service is available, as well as WiFi
internet access in the international and domestic departures area.
Passengers can indulge in a last minute spree in the airport's shops, with a
number of outlets selling gifts, bags, books and confectionary. The
duty-free shop is located in the International Departures lounge, and stocks
the usual range of tax-free perfumes, cosmetics, tobacco and alcohol.
Passengers wishing to dine before boarding can choose from a food court
overlooking the airfield, or the airport's pub, which serves traditional
Four bus companies provide connections between the airport and the city, and
there is also a rail service to Cardiff Central Station. Taxis are readily
available and can be found at the front of the terminal.
Cardiff International Airport is a busy hub although it is considerably less
hectic than other capital based airports such as Heathrow. The airport is
relatively small, yet it is compact and covers all the basic passenger
Located on the south bank of Lough Foyle, the City of Derry Airport (LDY) is
the gateway to Northern Ireland as it serves the whole of Ireland's
northwest region. More than half a million passengers pass through the
airport each year, travelling between a number of destinations throughout
the UK and Europe.
The City of Derry Airport has been significantly updated over the last few
years anow features an excellent range of services and facilities for
passengers and visitors to make use of. Those in need of refreshment will
find plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, while there is a good range of
shops located throughout the terminal.
The City of Derry Airport has been designed with the needs of passengers
very much in mind and those with disabilities will find getting around
particularly easy as the airport features low level kerbs and plenty of
lifts, while those with children will find baby changing facilities, and
there are special services for business travellers.
The City of Derry Airport is located just seven miles to the northeast of
the vibrant city of Derry, making this a convenient entry point for those
who wish to visit the city. Featuring fast and efficient road, rail and bus
links, travelling between the airport and any one of Northern Ireland's
dramatic destinations is effortless.
This corner of the world is often praised for its outstanding beauty and
popular attractions located nearby include the sandy beaches and sugared
mountains of Donegal, the Causeway Coast and Glens and of course the city of
Derry with all its historic and modern charm. There is plenty of car hire
available at the airport, meaning that new arrivals can simply make their
selection and start exploring straight away.
East Midlands Airport (EMA) is centrally located in England between
Nottingham and Birmingham. It is an increasingly busy facility that has
grown its throughput from four million to nearly six million in just a few
years. Flights aboard charter planes and discount airlines are conducted to
holiday destinations across the UK and the greater EU.
In 2004 East Midlands was renamed Nottingham East Midlands Airport, a fact
that leads vacationers to confuse this facility with Nottingham Airport.
There has been talk of changing the name again to incorporate the names of
Derby and Leicester (other cities in reach of the airport). In any event,
'East Midlands' remains the operative tag.
Facilities at East Midlands Airport are thorough and include everything from
banking, shopping and dining facilities to executive lounges with full
business amenities. ATMs are scattered throughout the terminal, and there
are duty-free shops for outbound passengers set to leave the EU.
Public buses and taxis provide transportation to the major towns in the
region, namely Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. There are no trains that
travel to the airport, though rail links serve each of the aforementioned
towns. A hire car is an especially convenient transport option given the
number of towns worth visiting in the area.
Visitors spend much of their time exploring Nottingham, the town that has
gone down in history as the stage for Robin Hood's heroics. An atmospheric
old city and numerous outlying sites make this region well worth visiting.
East Midlands is also an important gateway to Donington Race Track.
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is one of Britain's busier air facilities and is
situated eight miles from the city centre. More than 100 destinations can be
reached from the airport and in excess of seven million passengers fly to or
from here every year. As there is only one terminal building, all arrivals
are on the ground floor and departures on the first floor.
Amenities and services at Edinburgh Airport are everything you would expect
to find in an international airport. There are a number of ATMs throughout
the airport and bureaux de change. Other facilities include a pharmacy, baby
changing rooms, a first-aid station and a left luggage room. There is a
great range of shops that include many popular high street stores and a
number of restaurants and bars on the first floor.
There are several conference rooms available for hire at Edinburgh Airport
for holding meetings or events and wireless internet and internet enabled
computers are available in the terminal building. Some flight operators do
have business facilities including fax machines, computers and telephones
available in their executive lounges.
Edinburgh Airport is linked to Waverley Bridge in the city by a public bus
service. There is also a service to Edinburgh's Haymarket Station, where you
can get the train to Glasgow and many major UK cities. Night buses operate
to take passengers to Dunfermline or Livingstone. Taxi ranks are located
just outside the Arrivals hall.
Edinburgh Airport is the gateway to the city with its many well-known
attractions and the rest of Scotland. August is a particularly busy month
because of the Edinburgh Festival attracting many visitors to the drama,
music and arts events.
Exeter Airport (EXT) is a small facility, with more than 900,000 passengers
each year making their way through the single terminal building. The airport
provides flights to many European locations in addition to transatlantic
connections. There are daily flights to Ireland, the Channel Islands, the
Scilly Islands and many European cities and charter flight destinations
include the Balearic Islands, Austria and Cyprus.
Inside the single terminal amenities include cash machines, Wi-Fi internet
access, a bureaux de change and a small selection of shops. Tax-free shopping
is available in the Departures lounge after passing through the security
control. There is a selection of food and drink outlets. Toilets include
baby changing facilities and there are disabled toilets.
Business travellers can book a conference room for meetings at the airport.
This can be rented for a day, half day or evening and seats a maximum of 40
people. The conference room can be equipped with multi-media hardware and a
variety of catering options can be provided.
Exeter Airport is five miles from the centre of the city and linked by a
public bus service that runs frequently. The nearest rail stations are
Exeter Central, Exeter St David's and Tiverton. Taxis are available from the
Exeter Airport is the gateway to Devon and its many well-known popular
seaside resorts. The region is particularly busy during the summer months
and the surrounding road network can get very congested so passengers are
advised to ensure that they leave themselves enough time to reach the
eight miles from the centre of Glasgow, the airport can be reached easily by
a number of methods. A train ticket to Glasgow Airport provides rail
transport to Paisley Gilmour Street station, one mile away. An Arriva bus
service will complete the journey.
From the city centre the Glasgow Flyer Airport Express bus service runs as
often as every ten minutes and free wi-fi internet access is offered to
passengers. The journey takes around 15 minutes from Glasgow Central
Station. Other bus services include the 757 AirLink Direct Express, which
also serves the city.
For those travelling to and from other destinations in the UK, Scottish
CityLink and National Express serve the Buchanan Bus station in Glasgow's
city centre. If you decide to drive, however, there are a number of
different car parking options at Glasgow Airport and booking in advance
through FHR could save you time and money.
Glasgow is a medium-sized international passenger airport located in
Renfrewshire, just north of the M8 motorway at junction 28, 8 miles to the
west of Glasgow city centre. It is neck and neck with Edinburgh to be the
busiest airport in Scotland, with 7.2 million passengers in 2009, and is
more popular with leisure travellers than business travellers, as it is
popular with both charter and budget airlines.
There are more than 40 airlines flying to over 90 destinations from this
airport. It has two runways and one main passenger terminal, with arrivals
is on the ground floor and departures on the first floor, plus a smaller
second terminal (T2), with check in facilities and gates for a number of
budget and charter airlines. The main terminal and T2 are connected via a
There is ample parking at Glasgow airport, with 2540 short term airport
parking spaces and 1780 long term airport parking spaces, plus off airport
parking - which is almost as close to the terminal as the long term car
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There are 3 on airport hotels (the Ramada, Express Holiday Inn and Holiday
Inn), plus a number local hotels offering an overnight stay plus free
parking package. For more information see our Glasgow airport hotels page.
Once inside the airport terminal, you will find all of the facilities you
would expect at a small but busy, international / holiday airport. There are
airport lounges, currency exchange bureaus and a number of ATMs. There is a
good range of eating options, excellent disabled facilities and there is
duty free shopping.
Guernsey Airport (GCI) in the Channel Islands is an important link for
holidaymakers from the UK and France. It's small but busy, servicing nearly
one million passengers every year. A mix of charter and regularly scheduled
flights lands on a regular basis, some hailing from as far away as Germany
This modern facility continues to grow and has more than enough facilities
to meet its annual load. It includes all of life's essentials for the
everyday traveller, including ATMs and postal facilities. Business
facilities exist in the airport as well as in a nearby hotel. Both offer
large conference rooms and a range of related services.
Other Guernsey Airport essentials include facilities for families with
children, left luggage offices and car hire counters. Several retail and
duty-free outlets await shoppers, and there are restaurants and coffee shops
on both sides of security. The airport bar has a great view of the runway.
Transportation to and from the airport is accomplished largely by bus and
taxi, as there's no rail service to the terminal. Anyone with a car at their
disposal will find the island is easily navigated, and Guernsey Airport
accommodates drivers with short- and long-term parking options.
Guernsey Airport is gateway to this island and several of its neighbours.
Guernsey is a beautiful place to spend a few days, with several historic
attractions and excellent beaches. The museums in the capital, St Peter
Port, are particularly interesting and can be reached from the airport in
just a few minutes.
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is a company wholly owned by
the Scottish Ministers and is sponsored by the Scottish Government Transport
Directorate. The company’s purpose is to maintain the safe operation of its
airports, and to support economic and social development in the Highlands
and Islands. HIAL currently operates 10 airports in the Highlands and
Islands of Scotland, located at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Islay,
Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh Tiree and Wick. In December 2007,
HIAL assumed responsibility for the operation of Dundee Airport and now
operates it via a wholly owned subsidiary company, Dundee Airport Limited.
HIAL was incorporated in Edinburgh on 4 March 1986 as a private limited
company under the Companies Act 1985. On 1 April 1995, ownership of HIAL
passed from the Civil Aviation Authority to the Secretary of State for
Scotland, now the Scottish Ministers.
HIAL receives subsidies from the Scottish Ministers in accordance with
Section 34 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982.
Humberside Airport (HUY) was originally an RAF base between 1941 and 1945.
After a period of abandonment, the airport received a breath of new life in
1960, when some minor airlines began operations from the site.
In 1975, the first scheduled flight took off from the airport's runway
destined for Amsterdam and since then the airport has undergone much
development and expansion; it is now a busy travel hub.
More than 500,000 passengers pass through the airport's gates each year, en-
route to 15 destinations, including Italy, Turkey, Norway and Greece. The
airport's accessible location, convenient transport links and excellent
facilities make Humberside Airport a popular choice among travellers
residing in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Humberside Airport provides a good range of amenities for passengers,
including shopping and dining facilities. There is a bureau de change which
offers passengers the opportunity to purchase foreign currency before
setting off. The airport also has two travel agents, as well as two leading
car rental companies.
Passengers can purchase reading material, snacks and other travel essentials
in WH Smith, before passing through security. On the airside, Alpha Airport
Shopping stocks the entire range of duty-free items such as perfume,
sunglasses, alcohol and fashion accessories.
The airport is also a base for a number of flying clubs and organisations,
this is due to its low handling and landing fees. Helicopters flying to gas
platforms in the North Sea also use the airport as an operation base.
Humberside Airport is easy to access from all directions, with excellent
road links which place the airport within an hour's driving distance of four
million people. A regular bus services connects the airport to Hull and
Grimsby, and the closest train station is just three miles away.
The Isle of Man Airport (IOM), also known as Ronaldsway, provides
connections to a number of UK airports, as well as the Republic of Ireland
and the Channel Islands. Seven airlines operate from the Isle of Man's
airport, providing frequent services to 20 major airports including Gatwick,
Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Dublin.
Flights to regional airports provide access to most regions of Great Britain
including Blackpool, Southampton, Leeds and Newcastle. The airport also
offers daily services to Edinburgh and Glasgow, providing air links to
Scotland. Northern Ireland is also easy to access from the Isle of Man, with
flights to both Belfast International, and Belfast City Airport.
Situated just 20 minutes from the island's capital, Douglas, the airport is
easily reached by public transport or private car. The airport is linked to
the rest of the island by an excellent transport network so passengers can
look forward to a relaxing onward journey after touching down in the Isle of
The airport is well-designed and provides a good range of amenities for
passengers. A NatWest ATM can be found close to the main entrance, and both
sterling and Manx currency can be used throughout the airport.
Business travellers can book the meeting room in advance, and services such
as photocopying and faxing are available during office hours. There are
dining facilities on both sides of security, as well as a bar. Shops are
located on the first floor, opposite the cafeteria and sell the usual travel
essentials such as confectionary, newspapers, books and magazines.
Buses run to a number of the main towns and resort areas every hour, with a
more frequent half hourly service during the peak summer months. Taxis are
readily available from outside the airport, and tariffs are charged at a
Planted in the midst of the English Channel, Jersey Airport (JER) serves as
gateway to its namesake island and to a smattering of others. With adequate
facilities to suit its small size, Jersey Airport offers direct connections
to cities throughout the UK as well as to neighbouring countries in the UK.
A few thousand tourists and business travellers pass through here each year,
and most of the terminals facilities are geared toward tourists with basic
needs or a few minutes of free time. This is a single-terminal facility with
departures and arrivals relegated to separate wings.
Beyond what's offered in the executive lounge, Jersey Airport doesn't boast
any conference or business facilities. Passengers will find plenty in the
way of dining and shopping venues in the airport, along with a play area
designed for families with children.
Only five miles from St Helier, Jersey Airport is serviced with quick and
convenient transportation options. Visitors can choose from public buses, or
even private vans supplied by their hotel in some cases. Car rental's a
great way to get around the island, especially for those who plan on
spending more than a night or two here.
Jersey is a fascinating island with plenty of historical sites. Some
visitors take particular interest in the WWII sites, particularly the
tunnels, while others are more drawn to island's medieval heritage. The
culture draws on English and French traditions, but rolls them into its own
unique package. Tourists enjoy beaches, golf courses and excellent seafood.
Leeds-Bradford International Airport (LBA) is situated eight miles northwest
of Leeds and just seven miles north of Bradford, making the airport the
ideal port of entry for visitors to either of these major cities. Locally
referred to as Yeadon Airport, this is Yorkshire's largest airport.
Nearly three million passengers pass through Leeds-Bradford International
Airport each year, travelling to and from a number of major destinations
such as London, Amsterdam and Paris. The airport also provides a quick and
convenient connection for those who want to travel farther afield.
There are plenty of services and facilities located at Leeds-Bradford
International Airport and those with time to kill will find plenty to do.
There is also a good selection of places to shop, eat and drink located
throughout the airport, while the airport's money changing, business and
disabled facilities are modern and conveniently placed.
Leeds-Bradford International Airport is also well connected to the cities of
Leeds and Bradford by both rail and rail and passengers can be in the heart
of either of these metropolises in less than half an hour. There are a
number of transport options available right at the airport such as car hire,
public buses, taxis and a direct rail link.
Located in western Yorkshire, the airport is the gateway to the gorgeous
Yorkshire Dales, which are blessed with some of England's most stunning
scenery. This area is scattered with picturesque towns and villages to
explore, offering visitors a uniquely English experience.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) is located just seven miles from the
centre of Liverpool, making this the most convenient port of entry for
visitors to the lively and entertaining north England city. This large and
comprehensive airport is one of Europe's fastest growing airports, offering
visitors a fantastic range of services and facilities.
Each year more than five million passengers pass through the Liverpool John
Lennon Airport, which was renamed in 2002 in honour of the former singer,
John Lennon, who was born in the Liverpool Maternity Hospital in 1940. A
seven foot tall bronze statue of John Lennon can be found in the check-in
hall, while the line: 'Above us, only sky' from his thought-provoking song
Imagine is painted on the airport's roof.
Flights to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport are provided by nine
different airlines, transporting passengers to and from major destinations
within the EU such as Belfast, Dublin and Paris, while prominent budget
airline Ryanair has recently started offering passengers flights to a good
range of European destinations.
Liverpool is one of England's best known and loved cities, boasting numerous
attractions. Not only is this the birth place of The Beatles and a number of
other legendary bands, Liverpool is also the home of Premier League team
Liverpool Football Club and the River Mersey.
Those who arrive at Liverpool John Lennon Airport can be in the centre of
Liverpool within minutes, choosing to make use of the airport's shuttle bus
service, car hire or taxis. There is a railway station located nearby which
transports passengers to numerous destinations within the UK.
London City Airport (LCY) is a pleasanter experience than
the likes of Heathrow and Gatwick, London's busiest airports. It is served
by a number of European cities, such as Munich, Barcelona and Amsterdam, and if your
city has a flight here, it makes more sense as the airport is only a few
miles from central London.
London City Airport is one of the least busy airports serving London, yet
still handles around three million people, making it the 15th busiest in the
UK. It lies behind Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, and Luton airports for
flights and status. London City Airport has just the one modern,
well-equipped terminal, which makes things even easier.
Facilities at the airport include money services, lost property, and shops
and restaurants and there is duty-free in Departures. In fact, the range and
quality of the shops and restaurants here ranks it highly even among the
bigger airports. London City Airport also comes with a business and
conference centre which has all types of office facilities and WiFi
The airport is just six miles from the centre of London and is the closest
airport to it. This is why it is most popular with business types and is
linked to many important European and UK business cities. Canary Wharf is
not far away and the London Underground is connected by the Docklands Light
Railway service, which runs to Canning Town Station from the airport.
Shuttle buses, coaches, and black cab taxis are also on hand.
Gatwick is located in Crawley, West Sussex (originally Charlwood, Surrey),
approximately 3 miles north of the town's centre, towards the south of
Greater London; with excellent transport links to the whole of the London
area and the UK as a whole.
London Gatwick Airport is the UK's second biggest airport, and Europe's
busiest single runway airport, with London Heathrow being considerably
Gatwick airport is based just outside the M25 near junction 9 on the M23 south
of London. Taking thousand of travellers, both holiday makers and business
travellers, around the world everyday.
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Heathrow is located in the London borough of Hillingdon, towards the east of
Greater London; with excellent transport links to the whole of the London
area and the UK as a whole.
London Heathrow Airport is the UK's busiest and best-connected airport, as
well as Europe's largest, only being beaten in size by Hartsfield-Jackson
Airport and Chicago O'Hare in the USA.
Heathrow airport based just inside the M25 at the end of the M4 is the
closest airport to London. Taking thousand of travellers, both holiday makers
and businessmen, around the world everyday.
London Luton Airport (LTN) is conveniently situated to the north of London
and is one of the largest and busiest air facilities in the UK, handling
over seven million passengers per year. Although Luton does not service
long-haul destinations, its single terminal building manages flights to more
than 60 domestic, European and Mediterranean destinations, mainly operated
by low-cost airlines.
The newly refurbished Luton Airport features extensive amenities and
excellent services for its passengers such as several bureau de change
counters and ATMs scattered throughout the building. There are a number of
popular UK high street shops placed around the terminal, while a
comprehensive area in the Departures lounge comprises some well-equipped
Further facilities at Luton Airport include a number of restaurants and a
food court, postal facilities, car rental companies and services for the
mobility impaired. A chapel has been placed at passengers' disposal and baby
care rooms and video arcades are also onsite. Business class travellers can
take advantage of the Aviance Executive Lounge, which provides telephone and
fax services, free internet access, television, newspapers, snacks and
All transport options from Luton Airport to London and circumjacent towns
are available, with regular trains, buses and coaches running throughout the
day. The quickest option to get to London Kings Cross Station is aboard the
Luton Flyer, while direct trains head to Brighton and local stations north
of the airport. There are also many bus services that depart to London and
beyond, including National Express coaches.
Luton Airport is predominantly used by UK citizens as a getaway airport from
where they can fly to a number of Mediterranean destinations with no-frills
airlines. However, it also allows residents of several European countries to
fly cheaply to Britain's capital and be in a relatively central location in
Positioned within a short drive by car of the Midlands, about 30 miles
northeast from London's downtown area, Stansted International Airport is a
busy aviation hub serving an annual throughput of 14 million air travellers.
The airport's single terminal building is responsible for servicing all
arriving and departing flights. Passengers will find Departures as well as
Arrivals situated on the same level.
London Stansted is facilitated with a range of outstanding features and
services for its passengers, covering all essential travel needs and
everything you would expect of a significant international air hub. Cash
machines, post offices and currency exchange services are readily available.
The Departures concourse houses an executive lounge, which can be used by
all fee-paying flight passengers.
Other conveniences include kids' facilities, baby-changing rooms, lost
property and left luggage offices. A decent selection of outlets positioned
throughout the terminal building as well as a good variety of bars,
restaurants and cafés provide an enjoyable way of killing time prior to
boarding. Internet access is provided by the dedicated kiosks positioned at
either side of security.
Stansted Airport is serviced by a public bus network, providing links with
central London and various other localities. Frequent and efficient railway
services are operated by the Stansted Express, following a route to London
Liverpool Street throughout the day. Taxis serving the airport are readily
available outside the Arrivals concourse.
Providing a comfortable gateway to Europe's biggest metropolis and Britain's
capital city, Stansted Airport is a less hectic facility than the other main
air hubs serving London, yet is just as well linked to the centre of the
Located at Ringway on the southern border of the city of Manchester,
Manchester Airport (MAN) is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom
outside the London area. The airport has three terminals, two parallel
runways and is served by its own railway station.
The fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom, Manchester Airport (MAN)
serves around 20 million passengers annually. The airport began operation as
an airfield landing strip in 1934 and became an international airport in
1972. Extensive, multi-billion pound upgrades started in 1997.
The airport is a 20-minute drive from Manchester city centre and
Manchester's Metrolink tram light rail system is also currently building a
direct line to the airport.
Manchester Airport (MAN) prides itself on its infant and child passenger
conveniences, and play and entertainment areas are available throughout the
airport. Commercial pharmacy outlets stock all kinds of milk and supplement
Grown ups may appreciate the wireless hotspots which are located across all
three terminals. Passengers with limited mobility can take advantage of
disabled persons' parking facilities and inside the airport, reduced
mobility accessibility facilities.
The airport also offers a refreshing shower and change lounge located in
Terminal 2. You can freshen up after arriving at the lounge via an elevated
walkway, and other leisure facilities are available at good value prices.
Most impressively, Manchester Airport (MAN) houses one of the surviving
Concordes, the G-BOAC, which is on display at the Aviation Viewing Park.
Newcastle International Airport (NCL) is a busy airport in the northeast of
England, serving in the region of three million passengers and destinations
all over Europe. It was originally opened in 1935 and is today the
thirteenth-busiest airport in the UK, being served by a slew of major flag
carriers and low-cost services.
Flights mostly come and go from destinations throughout the UK and the rest
of the EU, with the likes of British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, and
Air 2000 serving major cities and holiday areas. There is also a long haul
destination, with Air Transat coming in from Toronto.
The airport is located in the village of Woolsington (about six miles
northwest of the city of Newcastle) and comes with just the one terminal.
Passenger facilities at Newcastle International Airport are comprehensive
and include ATMs and money changers in both Arrivals and Departures, along
with a good variety of shops, cafés, and restaurants.
There is also left luggage, lost property, a prayer room, postal services,
and a children's play area and baby changing rooms. In addition, three
business class lounges are available, including the British Airways Lounge,
the Cheviot Executive Lounge, and the recent Flybe Executive Lounge. They
all come with refreshments and business facilities.
Transfer options to Newcastle and beyond are good, with a metro system,
buses, and taxis all available. Buses run to Eldon Square in the city centre
every 20 minutes, while the Metro runs to Newcastle Central Station as well
as to Gateshead. Taxis are relatively expensive but provide the most
Norwich International Airport (NWI) has a long history of health and
community service as well as being a primary connection between the UK and
the Netherlands and these heritages are maintained today.
The airport remains an outpost for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the
local constabulary air unit, and continues a tradition of military usage
that dates back to World War One. A population of over two million people is
protected by the health and safety emergency flight services that use this
airport as their hub.
Also, the airport operates a number of heliports and charter spaces for air
services to the North Sea. Many oil rig crews fly in and out of Norwich
International Airport on their way to contract work.
The relationship that the airport enjoys with KLM Airlines means that the
airport is one of the UK's main hubs of indirect travel to the world, with
via-Amsterdam flights accounting for a large percentage of total traffic.
In this way, the airport's route map is expanded exponentially, with
indirect services to Southeast Asia, the United States, South Africa and the
Middle East. More locally, direct flights operate to all over Europe
including Turkey and the Balearic Islands, North Africa and Scandinavia.
The smoke-free and special-assistance equipped terminal is completely
wireless internet accessible and relaxing hospitality and retail spaces
abound. Car parking is available right at the airport, with short- and
long-term car parking spaces directly in front of the terminal entrance.
Public transport and taxi services shuttle travellers between the airport
and the city centre and hotels and the airport is handy to reach by private
Oxford Airport is owned and
operated by Oxford Aviation Services Limited (OASL). Since
July 2007 OASL has
been owned by Oxford Airport Acquisitions Limited, a subsidiary of Oxford
Airport Holdings Ltd which ultimately is owned by Aldersgate Investments.
Aldersgate Investments Limited is part of the Reuben Brothers Holdings.
The site was first used as an aerodrome in the late 1930s. From the mid-sixties
the airfield was best known as the home of CSE Aviation and the Oxford Air
Training School (now Oxford Aviation Training) – one of the world's most
successful professional pilot training establishments, having trained well over
20,000 airline pilots, for more than 80 airlines, over the last 40 years.
Oxford Airport is uniquely placed to provide general and business aviation
operators with excellent services at a location ideal for access to both London
and the UK’s Midlands regions.
The ease of access by air and by ground transport has improved in recent times
such that Oxford now offers a viable port for southern UK aircraft owners and
operators and international visitors destined for London.
Hours of Operation - limits on night time activity between midnight and 06:00
hrs each day. Also a cap on such overnight movements to no more than 500 medevac
or air ambulance operations per annum.
Flight Training Circuits - limits on circuits for training purposes after 23:00
hrs and before 07:00 hrs each day.
Total Annual Movements - No more than 160,000 per annum of which no more than
500 can be Stage II or noisier jets and no more than 2000 should be 50 tonne or
Static Testing of Jet Engines - restricted to a specified location on the
airfield and limited to no more than 6 hours weekdays and 3 hours at weekends.
No such activity should take place before 07:00 hrs or after 19:00 hrs on any
Whether visiting the "dreaming spires" of the world’s oldest English speaking
University or setting up a new business, Oxford offers many benefits.
A handy regional airport, Plymouth City Airport (PLH) has operated
continuously since 1923 and was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in
An end to flights to France in the 1990s and the proximity of London Gatwick
Airport seemed like the end for Plymouth City Airport, but it has rebounded
in the new century to become busier than ever. It offers business and
leisure travellers with a south western gateway to air routes all over the
The terminal building is small but modern. Efficient check-in services are
matched with a single stop place to have some refreshments while you wait
for your flight. The airport's café-bar is always busy with commuters and
The adjacent car park offers good discounts for long-stay parking, and
excellent value short-stay or day-stay rates, also. Though a brief walk is
required to reach public bus services, taxi services operate right from the
Nearly 20,000 flights a year shift over 100,000 passengers through Plymouth
City Airport annually on Air Southwest, the budget regional airline that
operates all flights at the airport.
A popular charter airport with three separate international agencies
operating charter flight services, Plymouth City Airport also has a bustling
learn-to-fly airstrip and a wide range of pilot courses are offered around
Located within convenient driving distance of Ayr and downtown Glasgow in
South Ayrshire, Glasgow Prestwick Airport is used by more than 2.4 million
travellers yearly. The single terminal building is responsible for all
departing and arriving flights.
Mainly budget carriers operate out of the airport, such as Ryanair and Bmi
baby. Glasgow Prestwick offers flights to more than 10 European holiday
destinations as well as more than 20 scheduled services covering major
cities across Europe including: Malaga, Palma, Rome, Nice, Barcelona, London
Some of the essential amenities at Glasgow Prestwick are several cash
machines, and positioned next to the entrance of the Departures concourse
passengers will find a Travelex currency exchange counter. Other amenities
include baby changing rooms, left luggage service, a prayer room, an
entertainment arcade as well as a range of outlets and restaurants, which
are scattered across the airport building.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport provides decent standard business facilities.
Conference rooms and a selection of supporting business amenities are
offered by the Syndicate seminar room and the Aviator Suite. Internet kiosks
can be found in the Departures lounge and on the terminal's first floor,
while wireless access is available across the airport building.
Although Scotland's fourth largest air hub is situated within less than 30
miles from Glasgow, it has good public transportation connections with the
city including frequent buses, taxis and rail services. The closest city to
Glasgow Prestwick is Ayr, which is associated with Robert Burns, the
renowned poet. The cosmopolitan city of Glasgow boasts a wide range of
tourist highlights, excellent shops and superb restaurants.
Since the closure of Sheffield City Airport in 2008, Robin Hood Airport
Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) has become the major air hub of the immediate
region. Only Leeds Bradford Airport is bigger in the region, with Robin Hood
Airport Doncaster Sheffield handling almost one million passengers annually.
The airport occupies a former WWI military airfield and its continued use
for military purposes right through to the 1990s means that its runway is
longer and wider than most others in the country. It opened under its
current name in 2005 and has boomed with the popularity of budget air travel
The gleaming modern terminal has wireless internet access for passenger
travelling with enabled laptops and this service is offered by The Cloud.
Retail outlets include vendors like WH Smiths and the terminal even has a
tanning salon, as well as a great range of eating and drinking options.
Car parking is readily available at the terminal - indeed the airport
management offers a 'guaranteed car parking' space for all passengers.
Alternatively, the airport is well served by public buses and taxi
companies, and the train station is a couple of kilometres away.
The airport is committed to becoming a greener aviation hub with new
environmental operation plans in place for the last few years addressing
noise, waste management and carbon reduction. Additionally, security is
state-of-the-art here, and all special assistance passengers are amply
Passengers can fly from the airport to many popular holiday destinations
throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East, as well as to continental
Europe and several destinations across the UK.
Southampton Airport (SOU) is a handy facility for accessing the south of
England. It provides access to the verdant south coast and its many popular
towns such as Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Poole, and Southampton itself. It
also opens up many European cities, like Amsterdam and Paris, and holiday
resorts Malaga and Alicante. The airport also receives flights from all over
the UK and Ireland.
Southampton Airport is just a few miles to the northeast of Southampton -
within 100 miles of London - and handles around two million passengers per
year. It is a single terminal facility with useful services and facilities
for the average flyer. You can access and change money, as well as eat and
drink. Shopping options come in the form of a WH Smith in the main hall and
a duty-free store in Departures.
There is also a post box at Southampton Airport, as well as WiFi internet
access and a couple of VIP lounges provided by British Airways and Flybe.
Business types will need to head for the nearby Best Western Hotel if they
need conferencing facilities, however.
Getting to town, to nearby towns and to London from Southampton Airport is
very straightforward. There is a rail station right outside, with services
into Southampton as well as direct to London Waterloo three times per hour.
Local buses also go into the city centre while National Express coaches run
to London. Taxis are, of course, also available, and those with hire cars
have an easy route into town or elsewhere in the region.
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