Airports in the United Kingdom

United Kingdom is a very popular tourist destination, whether we talk about England, Scotland, Wales or Nothern Ireland. It has great connections to the rest of the world thanks to a high number of international airports. So, if you’re travelling to UK, check out our guide to know your options.

London Airport – IATA code LHR – (~ 76 Mio. passengers)

London Heathrow Airport is world’s third and Europe’s number one busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is located 23km west of central London. It has three runways (last one approved in 2016) and 4 operational terminals. It is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic. The fastest way to reach central London by bus running every 15 minutes. You can also use London subway system via Piccadily Line. Heathrow Airport has a coach which links it to more than 500 destinations accross Britain. The system is so well organized that you will be able to reach any destination at any time of the day, for example London – Manchester or some international routes like Amsterdam, Paris or Glasgow.

London Airport – IATA code LGW – (~ 43 Mio. passengers)

London Gatwick Airport is a major international airport in southeast England. It is situated almost 50km from London city centre. It is the second busiest airport by total passenger traffic in the United Kingdom, after London Heathrow and ninth busiest in Europe. The airport has two terminals, the North and the South Terminal. Frequent coach services which depart every 15 min link Gatwick to more than 400 UK towns and cities. Gatwick has also developed a very functional rail system, so you can different parts of London, Brighton, Horsham, etc. Gatwick Airport is 30 minutes from Victoria in central London via the non-stop Gatwick Express. There are also direct services to City Thameslink, London Farringdon and Clapham Junction.

Manchester Airport – IATA code MAN – (~ 23 Mio. passengers)

Initially known as Ringway Airport, Manchester Airport is an international airport situated 14km southwest of central Manchester. It’s country’s third busiest airport by the number of passengers. The airport provides connections with approximately 225 destinations worldwide. A big number of coach services run daily from ‘The Station’ at Manchester Airport, the integrated transport hub, linking Manchester Airport with rest of the region and other major UK cities. You can go to Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

London Airport – IATA code STN – (~ 22.5 Mio. passengers)

London Stansted Airport is an international airport located in the district of Uttlesford, Essex, 50km northeast of central London. It serves more than 170 destinations accross Europe, Africa and Central and North America and more European destinations among all UK airports. It is a base for many European low-cost airlines, especially for Ryanair which offers more than 130 routes from this airport.

London Airport – IATA code LTN – (~ 12 Mio. passengers)

London Luton Airport is an international airport 3km east of the town centre of Luton in Bedfordshire and 47km of the London city centre. The airport serves as a base for EasyJet, Monarch, Thomson Airways and Ryanair. Most of the routes served are within Europe, although there are some charter and scheduled routes to Northern Africa, the United States and Asia.

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Edinburgh Airport – IATA code EDI – (~ 11 Mio. passengers)

Edinburgh Airport is an international airport located 10km west of the Scottish capital and the country’s busiest airport. It is sixth busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger number. The airport features two runways and one passenger terminal. See here how to reach the city centre from the airport.

Birmingham Airport – IATA code BHX – (~ 10 Mio. passengers)

Birmingham Airport is an international airport situated 10km east of Birmingham city centre. It has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction. Birmingham Airport is a base for Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the centre of Birmingham.

Glasgow Airport – IATA code GLA – (~ 8.7 Mio. passengers)

Formerly known as Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow Airport for international traffic is located 11km west of Glasgow city centre. It is Scotland’s second busiest airport, after Edinburgh Airport and the eighth busiest in the UK. It serves mostly western Scotland. It is a hub for Loganair (currently Flybe). The buses from Glasgow Airport runs every 10 minutes.

Bristol Airport – IATA code BRS – (~ 6.8 Mio. passengers)

Bristol Airport is an international airport located in North Somersten and serving the city of Bristol and its surrounding area. It is 13km away from the city centre. It serves as a base for EasyJet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways and BMI Regional. See here how to get from the airport to Bristol city centre.

Newcastle Airport – IATA code NCL – (~ 4.6 Mio. passengers)

Newcastle Airport is an international airport 10km northwest of Newcastle city centre. According to the statistics from 2015, it was the 10th busiest airport in the UK and the second busiest in Northern England after the airport in Manchester.

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East Midlands Airport – IATA code EMA – (~ 4.5 Mio. passengers)

Belfast Airport – IATA code BFS – (~ 4.4 Mio. passengers)

London Airport – IATA code LCY – (~ 4.3 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: City Airport
  • Nearby cities: Dartford, Slough, Chelmsford, Luton
  • To London city from the airport: public bus – 15min, train – 10min

Liverpool Airport – IATA code LPL – (~ 4.3 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: John Lennon Airport
  • Nearby cities: Birkinhead, Warrington, St Helens
  • To Liverpool city from the airport: public bus – 20min

Aberdeen Airport – IATA code ABZ – (~ 3.5 Mio. passengers)

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  • Nearby cities: Stonehaven, Dyce, Balmedie
  • To Aberdeen city from the airport: shuttle bus – 30min

Leeds Bradford Airport – IATA code LBA – (~ 3.5 Mio. passengers)

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  • Nearby cities: Horsforth, Shipley, Pudsey
  • To Leeds city from the airport: shuttle bus – 40min, train – 30min
  • To Bradford city from the airport: shuttle bus – 40min, train – 30min

Belfast Airport – IATA code BHD – (~ 2.7 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: George Best Airport
  • Nearby cities: Lisburn, Comber, Bangor, Holywood
  • To Belfast city from the airport: shuttle bus – 20min, public bus – 25min

Southampton Airport – IATA code SOU – (~ 1.8 Mio. passengers)

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  • Nearby cities: Eastleigh, Fareham, Winchester
  • To Southampton city from the airport: public bus – 15min, train – 10min

Jersey Airport – IATA code JER – (~ 1.6 Mio. passengers)

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  • Nearby cities: St Clair, St Aubin
  • To St Helier city (Channel Islands capital) from the airport: public bus – 30min

Cardiff Airport – IATA code CWL – (~ 1.2 Mio. passengers)

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  • Nearby cities: Newport, Barry, Caerphilly
  • To Cardiff city from the airport: shuttle bus – 25min, train – 15min

London Airport – IATA code SEN – (~ 0.9 Mio. Passengers)

  • Also called: Southend Airport
  • Nearby cities: Dartford, Slough, Chelmsford, Luton
  • To London city from the airport: public bus – 1h 20min

Guernsey Airport – IATA code GCI – (~ 0.9 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Torteval, Le Bordage, La Villiaze
  • To Guernsey city from the airport: public bus – 10min

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport – IATA code DSA – (~ 0.9 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Robin Hood Airport
  • Nearby cities: Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Worksop
  • To Doncaster city from the airport: shuttle bus – 15min
  • To Sheffield city from the airport: shuttle bus – 25min

Exeter Airport – IATA code EXT – (~ 0.8 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Topsham, Crediton, Broadclyst
  • To Exeter city from the airport: train – 15min, public transport – 15min

Isle of Man Airport – IATA code IOM – (~ 0.8 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Ronaldsway Airport
  • Nearby cities: Onchan, Braddan, Union Mills
  • To Douglas city from the airport: public bus – 20min

Bournemouth Airport – IATA code BOH – (~ 0.7 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Hurn Airport
  • Nearby cities: Poole, Christchurch, Broadstone
  • To Bournemouth city from the airport: public bus – 10min

Inverness Airport – IATA code INV – (~ 0.7 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Nairn, Drumnadrochit, Dingwall
  • To Inverness city from the airport: shuttle bus – 30min

Glasgow Airport – IATA code PIK – (~ 0.6 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Prestwick Airport
  • Nearby cities: Paisley, Rutherglen, Laurieston, Bishopbriggs
  • To Glasgow city from the airport: shuttle bus – 50min

Norwich Airport – IATA code NWI – (~ 0.5 Mio. passengers)

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  • Nearby cities: Thorpe End, Cringleford, Bawburgh, Spixworth
  • To Norwich city from the airport: public bus – 30min

Derry Airport – IATA code LDY – (~ 0.3 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Londonderry Airport, Eglinton Airport
  • Nearby cities: Campsey, Prehen, Burnfoot, Muff
  • To Derry city from the airport: public bus – 20min

Sumburgh Airport – IATA code LSI – (~ 0.3 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Laxo, Brae, Lerwick, Gremista, Skeld
  • To Lerwick city from the airport: shuttle bus – 45min

Newquay Airport – IATA code NQY – (~ 0.3 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Cornwall Airport
  • Nearby cities: Crantock, St Columb Minor, Tregurrian
  • To Newquay city from the airport: taxi

Humberside Airport – IATA code HUY – (~ 0.2 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Brigg, Hull, Scunthorpe, Bridlington
  • To East Riding of Yorkshire from the airport: shuttle bus – 40min

Durham Airport – IATA code MME – (~ 0.1 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Tees Valley Airport
  • Nearby cities: Thornaby, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington
  • To Durham city from the airport: train – 15min, public bus – 20min

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