When you consider that the city of London has five airports all by itself, it may not be surprising that there are airports throughout England that may be good options for your itinerary. Certainly, flying from one city to another within England is probably not going to be cost-effective for most travelers – especially when bus travel in England is so cheap and efficient – but if you’re coming to England from another country it’s good to know that you don’t necessarily have to fly into London and then resort to ground transportation.
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London’s main international airports are the main gateways to England, so depending where you’re coming from you may find the best deal if you fly into London first and then on to your final destination. This is especially going to be true if you’re flying from overseas. For anyone who’s already in Europe, however, there are plenty of budget carriers that connect England’s smaller airports directly with major cities througout the continent.
Here are the cities that have major airports in England that you may consider for your trip. After the main London airports, destinations are in alphabetical order.
As mentioned, London has five airports that serve the city, three of which are used most often by visitors from other countries (especially overseas). You can search for all London airports using the code LON in order to avoid searching for all five individually, which can be handy if you’re not sure which one will have the best deals from your home airport. The five airports are listed alphabetically below.
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- London City Airport (LCY) – London’s smallest airport, this one is most used for shorter flights between airports in the UK and some other European cities. This airport is the one closest to London city center.
- London Gatwick Airport (LGW) – Gatwick is London’s second-largest airport, and one of the three with lots of international traffic from overseas. It’s a hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
- London Heathrow Airport (LHR) – London’s largest (and Europe’s busiest) airport, Heathrow is the most common entry point for foreign visitors, although it’s not often the cheapest option. It’s a hub for British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and bmi.
- London Luton Airport (LTN) – Luton ranks only above London City in terms of size for London’s airports, and it offers comparable service around the UK and to some European cities (often on budget carriers).
- London Stansted Airport (STN) – Stansted is the London airport furthest from London, and the one favored by many budget airlines (including easyJet and Ryanair). It also has plenty of international service, so if your destination isn’t London you might find it convenient to fly from home to Stansted so you can hop on a budget airline right away to get to wherever you’re going. Stansted is a hub for Ryanair, easyJet, and Air Berlin.
Birmingham Airport (BHX) is well-connected to other cities in the UK and Europe, and has some flights to/from North America. Some of the airlines serving Birmingham are Air France, bmibaby, Continental Airlines, easyJet, Emirates, Flybe, KLM, Lufthansa, and Ryanair.
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Bristol Airport (BRS) is a smaller airport, serving primarily cities in the UK and Europe. Some of the airlines serving Bristol are Ari France, easyJet, Flybe, and Ryanair.
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East Midlands Airport (EMA) serves many cities in the region, including Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester. Some of the airlines serving the East Midlands are bmibaby, Flybe, Jet2, and Ryanair.
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Exeter International Airport (EXT) serves Devon county. Some of the airlines serving Exeter are Flybe, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways.
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Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) serves the Yorkshire region. Some of the airlines serving Leeds are easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, KLM, and Ryanair.
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) is a small airport serving cities in the UK and Europe. Some of the airlines serving Liverpool are easyJet, Flybe, KLM, Ryanair, and Wizz Air.
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Manchester Airport (MAN) is the busiest UK airport outside London, and it does have some direct flights to/from North America. Some of the airlines serving Manchester are American Airlines, Air France, BMI, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Emirates, Flybe, Jet2, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, US Airways, and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
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Newcastle International Airport (NCL) is a smaller airport, serving primarily cities in the UK and Europe. Some of the airlines serving Newcastle are Air France, British Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Flybe, Jet2, KLM, and Ryanair.
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