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Airports in England

Birmingham International 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. Birmingham Airport is a hub for low-cost airlines such as bmi, Flybe, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. 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

Taxis are available from outside passenger terminals and cost around £18 to the city. Buses to the city centre and surrounds can be caught opposite the airport at the Bus and Coach Terminus. Bus 900 travels to the city centre from stand K. Trains run from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street Station and vice versa during the day but are less frequent in the evenings and on weekends.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: (0)8707 335 511.

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Bristol International Airport (BRS)

Location

The airport is situated seven miles (11km) south west of Bristol.

Getting to the city

Bristol International Flyer buses operate between 2.30am and 11.45pm and travel regularly to Bristol city centre and the Bristol Temple Meads railway station, taking 30 minutes and costing around £5. Taxis are available outside the terminal.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)871 334 4444.

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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.

Leeds Bradford International Airport has an unfortunate reputation for congestion and chaos. Visitor frustration has prompted officials to plan major renovations for the facility, which will allow it to handle more than five million passengers per year by 2016 (up from its current load of 2.7 million). The airport is also prone to difficult weather conditions, meaning flights are often delayed or re-routed.

Despite these drawbacks, Leeds Bradford International Airport has some nice facilities for passengers, including good duty-free shops and a selection of restaurants in the Food Village.

Location

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

Getting to the city

The MetroConnect bus services run every 30 minutes from the airport to Leeds and Bradford city centre bus and rail stations, calling at all metro stops along the way. Trains are available to and from Leeds City Rail Station, from where connections can be made to all parts of the UK. Taxis are also available.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)113 250 9696.

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL)

Overview

Located 7.5 miles (12km) southeast of central Liverpool in northwest England, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is named for one of its most famous residents, the legendary Beatles star. Originally known as Speke Airport, the facility is the 10th busiest airport in the United Kingdom, serving more than five million passengers each year.

Declining traffic has forced airport officials to hike prices and cut costs, including the closure of 20 percent of the airport's toilets and dismissal of nearly half of the cleaning staff. This has left the airport with a sadly neglected feel, though recent expansions have added a larger retail area and multi-level car park.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is conveniently located and is the primary gateway for flights to Liverpool and northwest England, with many routes to popular holiday destinations like the resort areas of Spain and Greece.

Location

The airport is situated seven miles (11km) southeast of Liverpool.

Getting to the city

Airlink buses operate to the city centre and to local rail and bus stations for further travel. Tickets are £2 and buses leave from the front of the Airport Terminal Building. Liverpool South Parkway is the nearest rail station to the Airport serving the local/regional rail network. Liverpool Lime Street services local, regional and mainland services. Both have bus links with the Airport. Taxis are also available.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)870 129 8484.

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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, is conveniently located for business travellers looking for easy access to the financial district, however it is increasingly popular with leisure and budget travellers taking advantage of cheap flights to popular holiday and ski resorts, and destinations like Zürich, Geneva and Milan. The airport was named as having the best public transport links in the world by Business Traveller Magazine in 2008, a testament to the ease in getting to the airport from London.

London City Airport is currently upgrading its facilities ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and as the airport is just two miles (3.2km) from the Olympic Village, it is expected to be very busy during this period.

Travellers should note that London City Airport is not open 24 hours a day due to noise restrictions, but operates from 6:30am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday, and 12:30pm 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 Transport for 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 £20. Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor. There are also chauffeur services available from Quay Cars.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)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, serving more than 33 million passengers each year.

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 worldwide destinations, including Dubai, Orlando, Geneva, Toronto, Harare, Havana and Beijing.

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 and costs £15. 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.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)870 000 2468.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Overview

The busiest airport in the UK and fourth-busiest worldwide, London Heathrow Airport handles an amazing 65 million passengers each year. Located 15 miles (24km) from central London, the airport is served by 90 airlines (including British Airways, who uses Heathrow as its home base) offering flights to London Heathrow from 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 (and another on under construction). 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 and takes 15 minutes with one-way tickets starting at £21 if purchased online or £26 if purchased onboard. Paddington has good connections to the other London railway stations and all parts of London via the London Underground (the tube). The National Express coach service takes passengers to central London and other towns and cities throughout the UK. Heathrow is on the Piccadilly underground line, which takes passengers into central London in around 50 minutes and costs £5.50. The N9 night bus departs to central London every 30 minutes from the central bus station. Taxis are available outside each terminal, and mini-cabs can offer more competitive prices than the black cabs but must be booked in advance - call +44 (0)208 574 0868. Car rental companies operate from all terminals.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)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. Easybus, 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 (0)1582 405 100.

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London Stansted Airport (STN)

Overview

Processing roughly 18 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 100 destinations around Europe and northern Africa, including Rome, Faro, Dublin, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Berlin, Oslo, Thessaloniki and Fuerteventura. 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 £10.50. Taxis are available outside the terminal building 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 (0)844 335 1803.

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Manchester International Airport (MAN)

Overview

Manchester International Airport is the busiest airport in the UK outside of London, serving nearly 18 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.

The facilities at Manchester International Airport are a bit old, but still good; helpful staff members do their best to alleviate the occasionally overwhelming queues, however expansion plans are in the works to combat the congestion.

Acting as a regional base for easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic, flights to Manchester International Airport are available from more than 190 cities, including Paris, Toronto, Chicago, London, Geneva, Brussels, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Sharm el-Sheikh, Alicante, Tenerife, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt and Singapore.

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 new 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 Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)161 489 8000.

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Newcastle International Airport (NCL)

Overview

Newcastle International Airport is one of the smaller UK airports, serving roughly 4.3 million passengers each year. Located just 5.8 miles (9.3km) 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. Passengers with long layovers would do well to bring a book and mp3 player, however.

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 (underground train) system connects the airport to Newcastle Central station, and other parts of the city, leaving every few minutes. Buses leave regularly for the Eldon Square Bus Concourse in the city centre between 8am and 11pm.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)871 882 1121.

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Nottingham East Midlands Airport (EMA)

Overview

Nottingham East Midlands Airport is located 11 miles (18km) southeast of Derby, and serves the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. The 12th busiest airport in the UK, East Midlands serves more than four million passengers each year.

An important travel hub in the UK, Nottingham East Midlands Airport acts as a base for budget airlines bmibaby and Ryanair, meaning there are plenty of cheap flights to Nottingham East Midlands Airport from popular holiday resorts like Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Corfu and Cancun. The airport also provides many commuter flights to other UK airports.

While Nottingham East Midlands Airport has won several awards as recently as 2007, an increase in traffic has seen the facility become crowded and chaotic, with cramped, gloomy waiting areas and long queues. The ad hoc nature of the airport's expansions have left the facility a bit confusing and hard to navigate, so passengers should allow plenty of time for making connections.

Location

The airport is situated 11 miles (18km) from Derby. It is in easy reach of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby by road and public transport.

Getting to the city

Visitors heading for Nottingham can use the direct Nottingham Skylink bus service, which runs half-hourly around the clock between the airport and Nottingham Railway Station. Taxis are freely available, the fare to Nottingham being £26. Journey time to central Nottingham is about half an hour.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)871 919 9000.

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Norwich International Airport (NWI)

Overview

Serving the historic Norfolk region of England, Norwich International Airport is a relatively small airport with minimal facilities, however it handles nearly half a million passengers each year with relative ease. Though there are no exciting amenities and the airport has only a few shops and restaurants the entertain passengers with, most travellers report a pleasant experience at Norwich International.

There are plenty of commuter flights to Norwich International Airport from UK airports like Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Exeter, and budget carriers offer cheap flights to holiday destinations in Europe like Ibiza, Tenerife, Corfu, Palma de Mallorca and Dalaman.

Location

The airport is situated just over three miles (5.2km) north of the city of Norwich.

Getting to the city

National Express East Anglia run rail services to Norwich city from London, and the Norwich rail station is located in the city centre. First Eastern Counties Buses offer a service on bus 27 to the airport from the city centre on Sundays and public holidays. The bus goes to Hellesdon during the week, which is within walking distance of the airport. There are also taxi and car rental services available.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)844 748 0112.

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Blackpool International Airport (BLK)

Overview

The oldest aviation site in Britain, Blackpool International Airport is a compact, low-key hub, located about 3 miles (5km) from the city of Blackpool on England's northwest coast.

A small, quiet airport, Blackpool is mainly used for seasonal charters and low-cost flights to major European holiday destinations such as Alicante, Tenerife, Mallorca and Malaga. Budget-conscious travellers should check out the flight deals available to and from Blackpool International Airport, as often very cheap flights can be found on carriers such as Jet2.

There is not a great amount to see and do at Blackpool International Airport, but the facilities are sound and the staff are friendly and attentive. Those who hate long waits and queues will love the efficiency of this small airport.

Location

The airport is located 3 miles (5km) southeast of Blackpool city centre.

Getting to the city

There are various transport options to and from the airport. Car rental companies operate from the airport and there are buses and trams available at the airport entrance. Taxis are available from outside the terminal building and the Squires Gate Railway Station is a five-minute walk from the airport.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)125 334 3434 or 0844 482 7171.

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Southampton International Airport (SOU)

Overview

In 2008, Southampton International Airport won the Airports Council International Airport People Award for dedication to customer service and satisfaction. The airport itself comprises of one building, which houses both the international and domestic terminals of the airport.

Southampton International has a limited selection of shops, but it is close to a range of transport options and located just 4 miles (6.5km) from central Southampton. In 2010, the airport served 1.7 million customers. Interestingly, the airport is rumoured to have been built over the remains of a Roman villa. It is an easy airport to navigate and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Location

The airport is located in Hampshire, a few miles outside of Southampton,

Getting to the city

The airport is connected to Southampton Central and other parts of England via several train services, including South West Trains and CrossCountry. The journey to Southampton Central takes approximately 8 minutes, while London is 67 minutes away. There are also buses to downtown Southampton, with the U1C running every 15-20 minutes; the journey takes roughly 35-40 minutes.

Time

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

Contacts

+44 (0)23 8062 0021

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Humberside Airport (HUY)

Location

Humberside Airport is located at Kirmington, 12 miles (19km) west of Grimsby and around 15 miles (24km) from both Kingston upon Hull and Scunthorpe.

Getting to the city

The Stagecoach 'Humber Flyer' operates approximately once per hour, Monday to Saturday between Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Humberside Airport, Barton and Hull. Fares are £3.20 to Grimsby (£5.80 return) and £4.50 to Hull (£6.90 return). Hornsby Travel also operates the number 68 Wolds Villager Monday to Friday between Brigg, Barnetby and Humberside Airport. Barnetby Train Station is located three miles (4.8km) from the airport, and is served by TransPennie Express and East Midlands Trains.

Time

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

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Kent International Airport (MSE)

Location

Kent International Airport is located at Manston in Kent, England, 13 miles (20km) northeast of Canterbury.

Getting to the city

Stagecoach Bus has regular service between the airport and Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Birchington on buses 38 and 38A. Service number 11 also runs to Canterbury, Wingham, and Westwood Cross Shopping Centre. Trains operated by National Rail and Southeastern Rail can be caught from Ramsgate, the station is best reached by a short taxi ride.

Time

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

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Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME)

Location

Durham Tees Valley Airport is located in Darlington, North East England.

Time

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

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