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Great Britain is a very popular tourist destination, regardless of whether we are talking about England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Due to the large number of international airports, it has excellent connections with the rest of the world. So, if you are traveling to the UK, check out our guide to find out your options.

UK’s largest airports

76 million passengers)

London Heathrow Airport is the third largest in the world and the busiest in Europe in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is located 23 km west of central London. It has three runways (the last approved in 2016) and 4 working terminals. This is the main hub for British Airways and the main operating base for Virgin Atlantic. The fastest way to get to central London is Heathrow Express, which runs every 15 minutes. You can also use the London Underground system via the Piccadily Line. Heathrow Airport has a hub that connects it with more than 500 destinations in the UK. The system is so well organized that you can reach any point at any time of the day, for example, London — Manchester or some international routes, such as Amsterdam.

    London Airport — IATA code LGW — (

43 million passengers)

London Gatwick Airport is a major international airport in the south-east of England. It is located almost 50 km from the center of London. It is the second busiest airport in the general passenger traffic in the United Kingdom after London Heathrow and the ninth busiest in Europe. There are two terminals at the airport, the North and South Terminal. Frequent travel services, which depart every 15 minutes, connect Gatwick with more than 400 UK cities. Gatwick also developed a very functional rail system, so you can visit different parts of London, Brighton, Horsham, etc. Gatwick Airport is 30 minutes from Victoria in central London via the incessant Gatwick Express. There are also direct services for City Thameslink, London Farringdon and Klaphem Junction.

    Manchester Airport — code IATA MAN — (

23 million passengers)

Originally known as Ringway Airport, Manchester Airport is an international airport located 14 km southwest of the center of Manchester. This is the third largest airport in the country by the number of passengers. The airport provides connections to approximately 225 destinations worldwide. A large number of travel services operate daily from the “Station” at Manchester Airport, an integrated transport hub connecting Manchester Airport with the rest of the region and other major cities in the UK. You can go to Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

    London Airport — IATA STN code — (

22.5 million passengers)

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

    London Airport — Code IATA LTN — (

12 million passengers)

London Luton Airport is an international airport 3 km east of Luton city center in Bedfordshire and 47 km from the center of London. The airport serves as a base for EasyJet, Monarch, Thomson Airways and Ryanair. Most routes are served within Europe, although there are some charter and planned routes to North Africa, the USA and Asia.

    Edinburgh Airport — IATA EDI code — (

11 million passengers)

Edinburgh Airport is an international airport located 10 km west of the capital of Scotland and the country’s busiest airport. This is the sixth busiest airport in the UK by number of passengers. The airport has two runways and one passenger terminal.

    Birmingham Airport — code IATA BHX — (

10 million passengers)

Birmingham Airport is an international airport located 10 km east of the center of Birmingham. It is licensed to the CAA public aerodrome, which allows flights for public transport of passengers or flight instructions. Birmingham Airport is the base for Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.

    Glasgow Airport — code IATA GLA — (

8.7 million passengers)

Formerly known as Abbosinch Airport, Glasgow Airport for international traffic is located 11 km west of the city center of Glasgow. It is the second busiest airport in Scotland, after Edinburgh Airport and the eighth largest in the UK. It serves mainly western Scotland. This is the hub for Loganair (currently Flybe).

    Airport Bristol — code IATA BRS — (

6.8 million passengers)

Bristol Airport is an international airport located in North Somersten serving the city of Bristol and its surroundings. It is located 13 km from the city center. It serves as a base for EasyJet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways and BMI Regional.

Newcastle Airport — IATA code NCL — (

4.6 million passengers)

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

East Midlands Airport — IATA EMA code — (

4.5 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Leicester, Loughborough, Derby, Nottingham
  • In East Midlands city from the airport: public bus — 20 min

Belfast Airport — IATA code BFS — (

4.4 million passengers)

  • Also called: Aldergrove Airport
  • Nearby cities: Lisburn, Comber, Bangor, Holywood
  • To the city of Belfast from the airport: bus — 40 min.

London Airport — Code IATA LCY — (

4.3 million passengers)

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

Airport Liverpool — code IATA LPL — (

4.3 million passengers)

  • Also called: John Lennon Airport
  • Nearby cities: Birkinhead, Warrington, St. Helens
  • To the city of Liverpool from the airport: public bus — 20 minutes

Airport Aberdeen — code IATA ABZ — (

3.5 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Stonehaven, Dayse, Balmedy
  • To the airport of Aberdeen: by bus — 30 minutes.

Leeds Bradford Airport — IATA LBA code — (

3.5 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Horsfort, Shipley, Pudsey
  • To the city of Leeds from the airport: bus — 40 min, train — 30 minutes
  • To the city of Bradford from the airport: bus — 40 min, train — 30 min.

Belfast Airport — code IATA BHD — (

2.7 million passengers)

  • Also called: George Best Airport
  • Nearby cities: Lisburn, Comber, Bangor, Holywood
  • To the city of Belfast from the airport: bus — 20 minutes, public bus — 25 minutes.

Southampton Airport — code IATA SOU — (

1.8 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Eastlea, Farreham, Winchester
  • To the city of Southampton from the airport: public bus — 15 minutes, train — 10 minutes

Jersey Airport — code IATA JER — (

1.6 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: St. Clair, St. Obin
  • To the city of St. Helier (the capital of the Channel Islands) from the airport: public bus — 30 minutes.

Cardiff Airport — IATA code CWL — (

1.2 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Newport, Barry, Caerfilly
  • To the city of Cardiff from the airport: bus — 25 minutes, train — 15 minutes

London Airport — IATA SEN code — (

0.9 million passengers)

  • Also called: Southend Airport
  • Nearby cities: Dartford, Slough, Chelmsford, Luton
  • To the city of London from the airport: public bus — 1 hour 20 minutes

Guernsey Airport — IATA code GCI — (

0.9 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Torteval, Le Bordage, La Villase
  • To the city of Guernsey from the airport: public bus — 10 min.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport — IATA DSA code — (

0.9 million passengers)

  • Also called: Robin Hood Airport
  • Nearby cities: Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Waxop
  • To the city of Doncaster from the airport: bus — 15 minutes
  • To the city of Sheffield from the airport: bus — 25 min

Exeter Airport — IATA EXT code — (

0.8 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Topsham, Crediton, Broadcast List
  • To the city of Exeter from the airport: train — 15 minutes, public transport — 15 minutes

Isle of Man Airport — IATA code IOM — (

0.8 million passengers)

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

Bournemouth Airport — code IATA BOH — (

0.7 million passengers)

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

Inverness Airport — IATA INV Code — (

0.7 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Nairn, Dramnadrochite, Dingoll
  • To the city of Inverness from the airport: bus — 30 min.

Glasgow Airport — code IATA PIK — (

0.6 million passengers)

  • Also called: Prestwick Airport
  • Nearby cities: Paisley, Rutherglen, Lauryeston, Bishopbriggs
  • In Glasgow from the airport: bus — 50 min.

Norwich Airport — code IATA NWI — (

0.5 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Thorpe End, Kringford, Bovberg, Spixworth
  • To the city of Norwich from the airport: public bus — 30 min.

Derry Airport — Code IATA LDY — (

0.3 million passengers)

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

Airport Sumburgh — IATA LSI code — (

0.3 million passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Laxo, Brae, Lerwick, Gremista, Skeld
  • To the city of Lerwick from the airport: bus — 45 minutes

Newquay Airport — code IATA NQY — (

0.3 million passengers)

  • Also called: Cornwall Airport
  • Nearby cities: Krentok, Small Cathedral, Tregursky
  • To the city of Newquay from the airport: taxi

Humberside Airport — code IATA HUY — (

0.2 million passengers)

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

Durham Airport — IATA MME code — (

0.1 million passengers)

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

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