A guide to UK international airports


At Flex Taxis, we make it much easier for passengers to reach various international airports in the UK, helping them to remove the stress and strain from heading overseas or visiting the United Kingdom. In this article, we’ll talk about ten of the busiest airports in the UK and the major attractions near them. Let’s take a look at the ten busiest UK airports right now.

London Heathrow

Heathrow is one of the four airports on our list that is located in or close to London. Heathrow had 80,890,031 passengers in 2019 and is situated around 15 miles from Central London. Some of the best-known attractions near London Heathrow include Windsor Castle, Hounslow Urban Farm, Little India in Southall, Legoland Windsor, Twickenham Stadium and Hampton Court Palace. Heathrow first opened in 1946.

London Gatwick

London Gatwick is the second largest airport in London and the second busiest airport in the UK. It is also the 22nd busiest airport in the world. Gatwick is located in Crawley, West Sussex. Major attractions that are located close to Gatwick include The Electric Theatre in Guildford, the Godalming Museum, Petworth Cottage Museum, Pooh Corner and Petworth House & Park. Gatwick was first opened in 1958 by Her Majesty The Queen.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is the busiest airport in the North of England. It first opened in June 1938 and used to be known as Ringway Airport. Between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, it was called Manchester International Airport. Its competitors include Liverpool Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport. Manchester Airport is within close proximity to attractions such as The Trafford Centre, Manchester Palace Theatre, Old Trafford football ground, Old Trafford cricket ground, the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Football Museum, The Lowry Theatre, The Imperial War Museum and MediaCity.

London Stansted

Despite its name, London Stansted is actually located around 30 miles away from London. It is located in Essex in the Uttlesford District and is home to a considerable number of low-cost airlines. The airport is currently owned by the Manchester Airports Group. Attractions located close to London Stansted include Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village, Hatfield Forest, the Imperial War Museum Duxford, The Gardens of Easton Lodge and the House on the Hill Museum. If you are travelling to Stansted and heading to Central London, you could explore world-famous attractions including the London Eye, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum to name but a few.

London Luton

London Luton Airport was previously known as Luton International Airport. It is located around 30 miles north of London and just a couple of miles from the M1 motorway. It is the London area’s fourth-largest airport. Popular attractions located close to London Luton include the Stockwood Discovery Centre, Wardown House Museum and Gallery, Someries Castle and Luton Hoo Estate. The airport first opened its doors in July 1938. The airport has featured in numerous TV documentary series including Airline.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is one of several BAA-owned airports in the UK. The airport is home to a wide range of airlines including Air France, British Airways and EasyJet. Edinburgh Airport is used by more than 9 million people each year, and it's hoped that the airport will be made larger in coming years. Famous attractions located close to Edinburgh Airport include Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Zoo and St. Giles Cathedral. The airport was opened by the Queen in 1977.

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is located around 6 miles from Birmingham city centre. The airport offers both domestic and international flights. Destinations you can reach by using the airport include North America, Pakistan, the Middle East and the Caribbean. It is home to airlines including Ryanair and has its own railway station called Birmingham International which sits on the West Coast Main Line. The most renowned and popular attractions located close to Birmingham Airport include Cadbury World, the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Black Country Living Museum, Bullring & Grand Central and the Ikon Gallery.

Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport is the eighth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. The only south west England airport on our list, it is located in Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset. Once known as Bristol (Lulsgate) Airport, it was called Bristol International Airport between 1997 and 2010. Airlines that Bristol Airport plays host to include Ryanair and EasyJet. Passengers use Bristol Airport to reach destinations such as Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean. Popular attractions located near to Bristol Airport include Bristol Zoo Gardens, Cabot Tower, Bristol Aquarium, Clifton Suspension Bridge and M Shed.

Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow International Airport is one of two Scottish airports in our rundown. It is located around seven miles from the centre of Glasgow. Airlines that use Glasgow International Airport include British Airways, Flybe and EasyJet. The airport first opened its doors in 1966. Initially, passengers could only reach other European destinations from the airport until the 1980s when the airport became a popular place to visit more international destinations from.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport has been in operation since 1917 and used to be called Aldergrove. It is the second-largest airport in Ireland, with five million passengers travelling through it each year. In the 1960s, passengers included The Beatles. Attractions found close to Belfast International Airport include Crumlin Glen, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre, CS Lewis Square, Belfast Zoo, Antrim Castle Gardens, Ulster Museum and Belfast Castle.

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Posted: July 13, 2022