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Airports in United Kingdom

Birmingham Airport (BHX)

Overview

Birmingham Airport (BHX) is situated in England's West Midlands region. This easy-to-navigate airport is just six miles (10km) from central Birmingham, and is an increasingly popular hub for cheap flights in or out of Britain. Low-cost airlines such as Flybe, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways are available at Birmingham Airport. Passengers can use the airport to fly to many destinations in Europe and there are often cheap flights to Birmingham Airport available from places far afield as the Middle East, North America, the Caribbean and India. The airport is modern and highly functional, with quick turnover times, and has great shopping facilities and an impressive range of food and beverage outlets.

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (12km) southeast of Birmingham.

Getting to the city

Buses to the city centre and surrounds can be caught opposite the airport at the Bus and Coach Terminus. Birmingham city centre can also be reached via Birmingham International railway station connected to the airport by a free monorail system called the Air-Rail Link. Trains run from Birmingham International Station to Birmingham New Street Station and vice versa throughout the day but are less frequent in the evenings and on weekends. Uber, and other mobile app based taxi services are also available. For onward travel, Birmingham International Station is connected to over 100 towns in and around the UK.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

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Bristol International Airport (BRS)

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of Bristol city centre.

Getting to the city

Bristol International Flyer Express buses depart for the city centre (including the train station) around the clock, every eight minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes off-peak. It costs around £7 for a one-way ticket. Taxis are also available outside the terminal. Uber, and other similar mobile app based taxi services are also available.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

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Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)

Overview

Serving Yorkshire and the surrounding areas, Leeds Bradford International Airport hosts many flights to holiday resorts in Greece and Spain offered by discount airlines. The airport is located seven miles (11km) northwest of Leeds.

Newly renovated, the airport has a modern interior with all the necessary facilities and services. The airport is set for further expansion and is will undergo further renovations over the next couple of years. Keep in mind that the airport is prone to difficult weather conditions, meaning flights are often delayed or re-routed

Location

The airport is situated nine miles (14km) northwest of Leeds.

Getting to the city

The bus services run frequently from the airport to Leeds and Bradford city centre bus and rail stations. The bus services link the airport to Leeds City Rail Station, from where connections can be made to all parts of the UK. Taxis and mobile app based taxi services are also available.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 113 250 9696.

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London City Airport (LCY)

Overview

London's smallest airport, London City Airport is a single-runway facility that serves London's financial district. The facility is sometimes referred to as STOLport, which stands for Short Take Off and Landing.

Located just six miles (10km) from the centre of London, it is conveniently located for business travellers looking for easy access to the financial district, however it is also increasingly popular with leisure and budget travellers taking advantage of cheap flights to popular holiday and ski resorts.

Travellers should note that London City Airport is not open 24 hours a day due to noise restrictions, but operates from 4.30am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 4.30am to 1pm on Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sundays.

Location

The airport is situated at the Royal Docks, 10 miles (16km) from the West End.

Getting to the city

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) departs from London City Airport every 8-15 minutes to Canning Town, Woolwich Arsenal and Bank. There are regular London buses from the airport to stations throughout London. Nearby National Rail stations are reached via the Jubilee line from Canning Town (a seven-minute DLR journey). Licensed taxis (black cabs) are available outside the terminal building, a taxi to the centre of London will take only 20 to 30 minutes and cost roughly £30. Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor. There are also chauffeur services available from Quay Cars. Mobile app based taxi services, like Uber, are available, as is car sharing through the DriveNow app.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 20 7646 0088.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

Overview

Located three miles (5km) north of the town of Crawley in West Sussex and 28 miles (45km) south of central London, London Gatwick Airport is the second-largest airport in London and the United Kingdom.

Despite the long distance from central London, London Gatwick Airport takes advantage of excellent public transport links into the city for a surprisingly easy commute. Flights to London Gatwick are provided by a variety of low-cost and charter airlines, offering flights to a number of popular holiday resort areas like the Canary Islands, Costa del Sol, and Greece. The airport also offers flights to many global capitals.

The airport has a variety of restaurants and duty-free shops, but that's just the beginning of the entertainment at London Gatwick Airport. The facility's No. 1 Lounges offer everything from complimentary refreshments and games to spas and mini-cinemas, making any layover at London Gatwick a pleasure.

Location

The airport is situated 28 miles (45km) south of London.

Getting to the city

The easiest and quickest way into London from Gatwick is on the Gatwick Express train, which takes 30 minutes to the central Victoria railway station. Local buses call at both terminals and run between Gatwick and key destinations including Crawley, Horley, Redhill and Horsham. Taxis are also available from the airport into town, while coaches take passengers to destinations including Heathrow, central London, Bristol and Brighton (ticket desks are in the North and South Terminals). Car rental companies operate from both terminals. Taxis and mobile app based taxi services, like Uber, are also available.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 870 000 2468.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Overview

The busiest airport in the UK and second-busiest worldwide, London Heathrow Airport handles an amazing 75 million passengers each year. Located 15 miles (24km) from central London, the airport is served by about 90 airlines (including British Airways, which uses Heathrow as its home base) offering flights to London Heathrow from something like 180 destinations worldwide.

London Heathrow Airport is the main gateway for flights to London. Despite its distance from the city centre, Heathrow utilises extensive public transport options that create easy, hassle-free transfers into London.

The airport itself is immense, with four large terminals. It can be easy to get lost, but the facility is well-signed and staff members are always on-hand to help. Nevertheless, passengers should allow plenty of time when making connections.

In terms of attractions and entertainment, London Heathrow Airport has near-endless options for shopping and dining in each terminal. Even just people-watching in the diverse crowds is a good way to pass the time while waiting for a flight at London Heathrow Airport.

Location

The airport is situated 15 miles (24km) west of London.

Getting to the city

The quickest way into London is on the Heathrow Express train, which leaves every 15 minutes for Paddington station, takes 15 minutes, and costs £22 if booked online or at a ticket machine, or £27 on-board, if travelling during off-peak times. Paddington has good connections to the other London railway stations and all parts of London via the London Underground. Heathrow is also on the Piccadilly underground line, which takes passengers into central London in around 50 minutes. The National Express coach service runs to central London and other towns and cities throughout the UK.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 8700 000 123.

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London Luton Airport (LTN)

Overview

London Luton Airport is located 31 miles (56km) outside of central London in Bedfordshire. Despite its inconvenient distance from the city, the airport is the fourth-largest airport serving London and processes more than 10 million passengers each year. Serving as a base for low-cost airlines easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Thomson Airways and Ryanair, there are many cheap flights to London Luton Airport available from destinations around Europe and a few destinations in northern Africa. The abundance of cheap flights available from London Luton entices budget-conscious travellers to use the airport, which is connected to London by bus and train.

Location

The airport is situated 32 miles (52km) northwest of London.

Getting to the city

Trains leave regularly to Kings Cross, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and London Bridge stations. Train journeys to central London take 20-25 minutes with providers such as East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect. Tickets can be bought from the Onward Travel centre at the airport or online. Luton Airport Parkway Train Station is connected to the terminal by a free shuttle bus service. Green Line and National Express buses run daily between the airport and central London. Taxis operate from outside the airport terminal 24-hours a day and car rental is also available.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 1582 405 100.

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London Stansted Airport (STN)

Overview

Processing roughly 24 million passengers each year, London Stansted Airport is one of the more popular airports serving greater London. The airport serves as a home base for low-cost airline Ryanair, offering cheap flights to London Stansted from more than 130 destinations worldwide. London Stansted Airport is known for its efficiency, and despite its remote location in Essex, 35 miles (55km) from central London, is popular with both business and leisure travellers. Buses and trains make easy and hassle-free connections to central London, cementing the airport's popularity with budget-savvy travellers.

Location

The airport is situated 34 miles (55km) northeast of London.

Getting to the city

The Stansted Express rail service operates between London's Liverpool Street station and the airport, taking approximately 45 minutes. There are also bus and coach services to Victoria Coach Station, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, among other London and national destinations. The bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets are available from the ticket desk in arrivals and at the station; a ticket to Victoria costs around £10. Taxis are available outside the terminal building and car rental is also available. Uber, and other mobile app based taxi services are also available, although there have been licensing issues as of late.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 844 335 1803.

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Manchester International Airport (MAN)

Overview

Manchester International Airport is the third busiest airport in the UK, serving about 25 million passengers every year. Located nine miles (14km) outside of Manchester, the airport is made up of three terminals linked by covered skylink walkways with travelators.

Location

The airport is situated 10 miles (17km) southwest of Manchester city centre.

Getting to the city

There are regular trains between the airport and Manchester Piccadilly railway station, which has connections to destinations throughout the UK. Buses service Manchester city centre as well as other local towns and cities. National Express operates coach services to cities all over the UK. All buses, coaches and trains leave from The Station, the airport's transport interchange that is connected to all terminals by a covered walkway. Taxis are available outside all terminals.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 161 489 8000.

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Newcastle International Airport (NCL)

Overview

Newcastle International Airport is one of the smaller UK airports, serving roughly 5 million passengers each year. Located just under six miles (9km) outside of central Newcastle, the airport is well-connected to the city by public transport, including bus, train and taxi.

The airport is basic, but well-equipped with a few shops, restaurants and children's play areas. However, passengers with long layovers would do well to bring a book or electronic devices to keep them entertained.

Flights to Newcastle International Airport come in from destinations around Europe, including major cities like Paris, Brussels, Malta, Geneva, Ibiza, Rome, Dubai, Amsterdam, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Nice. There are also plenty of cheap flights to Newcastle International Airport from popular resort areas in Greece and Spain, and daily flights to domestic destinations within the UK.

Location

The airport is situated six miles (10km) from Newcastle city centre.

Getting to the city

The Metro system connects the airport to Newcastle Central Station, and other parts of the city, leaving every few minutes. Buses also leave regularly for the Eldon Square Bus Concourse.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 871 882 1121.

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Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ)

Overview

The primary airport for Aberdeen and one of the busiest airports in Scotland, Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) was built in 1931 and has served as both an RAF base and a public aerodrome. The two-level main terminal, built in 1977, processes roughly 2.7 million passengers each year.

The layout of Aberdeen International Airport is relatively simple, with check-in located on the ground floor with the arrivals area and baggage claim to the right, and the departure lounges on the upper level.

Located just over five miles (9.3km) northwest of Aberdeen's city centre, Aberdeen International Airport has a busy helipad, hosting more helicopter traffic than any other airport worldwide. Flights to Aberdeen International Airport are available on many airlines serving a variety of destinations within the UK and beyond.

Location

The airport is situated seven miles (11km) northwest of Aberdeen.

Getting to the city

Aberdeen and Inverness train services run from the local station at Dyce, which is just a short taxi ride from the airport. The main station is in Aberdeen city centre and services all parts of Scotland and England. Regular bus services operate from the airport to Aberdeen city centre, and the journey takes roughly 30 minutes. Services are less frequent at weekends than on weekdays.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 between last Sunday in March and Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 344 481 6666

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Edinburgh International Airport (EDI)

Overview

The busiest airport in Scotland, Edinburgh International Airport is located just six miles (9.3km) west of central Edinburgh. The airport is a small facility, despite being among the busiest in the UK, and serves nearly nine million passengers each year.

Edinburgh International Airport is a convenient gateway to the rolling hills of Scotland, and is busiest in late summer when the city doubles in population for the massive Edinburgh Festival. Direct flights to Edinburgh International Airport are available from many other cities in the UK, and Europe.

The airport itself is housed under one roof, and is fairly easy to navigate. A range of shops and a variety of restaurants make up the bulk of the entertainment options in the terminal, however there are massage chairs to help with tired limbs after long flights.

Location

The airport is eight miles (13km) west of Edinburgh.

Getting to the city

Airlink 100 buses connect the airport and the city centre every 10 minutes, from early morning until after midnight, and cost around £4.50 one way; the journey takes approximately 30 minutes. There are many alternative buses, including Night Bus N22 and Service 21A, that run to the city centre via a couple of stops en route. Stops for public buses are situated on the terminal forecourt road outside the main entrance.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 131 348 4203

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Glasgow Airport (GLA)

Overview

The second-busiest airport in Scotland (after Edinburgh), Glasgow International Airport is located eight miles (13km) west of central Glasgow, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire. More than 9.4 million passengers pass through the airport each year on flights to a number of cities around the world.

The airport has three piers: East, for low-cost flights and flights to Ireland and the Scottish Islands; Central, for domestic flights; and West, for international flights. In 2007, the airport opened the Skyhub, which acts as a connection to Terminal 2 and contains a large duty-free shopping centre.

The airport has a few entertainment facilities, including the GameGrid (a gaming arcade) and a number of duty-free shops and restaurants.

Location

The airport is located eight miles (13km) west of Glasgow.

Getting to the city

Buses leave regularly for Glasgow, stopping off at the main railway and bus stations. The journey to the city centre takes 15 to 20 minutes. There are also eight trains per hour from Paisley Gilmour Street Station to Glasgow Central Station, which is one mile (2km) from the airport and can be reached by taxi or by regular bus services.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 344 481 5555

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Rhoose Cardiff International Airport (CWL)

Overview

A small airport with only basic facilities, Rhoose Cardiff International Airport (CWL) is nonetheless an important transport hub in Wales as it is the only international airport. Located 12 miles (19km) west of Cardiff, in the village of Rhoose, the airport has only a few shops and restaurants, but is known for its efficiency and ease of use.

Serving more than 1.5 million passengers each year, Cardiff International Airport is the fastest (and often cheapest) method of getting to Wales. The airport is served by a number of low-cost airlines offering routes to European hubs like Amsterdam and Edinburgh, and dozens of cheap flights to Spanish resorts like Mallorca and Alicante.

Location

The airport is located 12 miles (19km) southwest of Cardiff city centre.

Getting to the city

The Cardiff Aiport Express bus service runs every 30 minutes during the day, seven days a week. Journey time to Cardiff from the airport is approximately 35 minutes and the bus fare is approximately £5 one way. A rail link also connects Cardiff International Airport to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. Trains run each direction every hour daily (every two hours on Sunday) with onward connections to other destinations on the rail network. A shuttle connects the airport to the nearby train station in 10 minutes, costing about £1.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 1446 711 111.

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Belfast International Airport (BFS)

Overview

Belfast International Airport (BFS) is situated just 11 miles (18km) northwest of Northern Ireland's capital city. A city with a troubled history, Belfast is working hard to try and establish itself as a tourist destination. The chief way in which this is happening is through popular low-cost airlines such as Thomson Airways, Jet2, easyJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Aer Lingus, which offer cheap flights to Belfast and have ensured that more and more visitors are being turned on to the city's considerable charms. Belfast International still shares its runways with the Royal Air Force's base at Aldergrove, and lucky visitors to the airport will catch a glimpse of the impressive military planes during take-off and landing.

Location

The airport is situated 18 miles (29km) northwest of Belfast.

Getting to the city

The Airport Express operates between the airport and the city centre every 10 minutes from outside the terminal building, 24 hours a day. The International Airport Taxi Company offer taxis outside the right hand door of the airport exit lobby with a list of fares displayed in the exit hall of the terminal. The journey takes around 25 minutes.

Time

Local time is GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 28 9448 4848.

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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM)

Overview

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is a key airport for central Alabama, and serves well over 11 million passengers per year. The airport is situated just five miles (8km) from downtown Birmingham in Alabama. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport mainly provides connections to destinations within the United States, such as Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans and Charlotte. Birmingham airport is blessed with famously friendly staff, and displays an interesting collection of public art throughout the terminal building.

Location

The airport is conveniently located about five miles (8km) from downtown Birmingham.

Getting to the city

Several shuttle companies, including Meteors Shuttle and Birmingham Door to Door, operate between the airport and the city, but reservations must be made prior to arrival. Taxi services are available 24 hours a day at ground level outside the baggage claim area.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 205 595 0533

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Birmingham Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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