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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 Scotland.
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 year.
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 ever since.
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 customs halls.
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 departures halls.
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 21st century.
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 own itinerary.
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 city centre.
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 Easyjet.
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 check-point.
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 shopping.
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 area.
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 fare.
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 needs.
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 airport.
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 airport.
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. 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.
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 covered walkway.
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 parks, but much cheaper. To get the lowest prices, we recommend that you use the price comparison feature at our website sponsor (see the banner at the top of the page).
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 and Switzerland.
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 Man.
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 fixed rate.
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.
Using 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 internet.
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 bigger.
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 duty-free outlets.
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 drinks.
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 England.
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 city.
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 products.
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 convenience.
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 car, too.
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 heavier jets.
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 day.
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 1931.
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 UK.
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 holiday makers.
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 terminal door.
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 the year.
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 and Paris.
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 to Europe.
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 catered for.
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.
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.
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