United Kingdom Airports


The United Kingdom covers some 241,590 square kilometers of land, incorporating the countries of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Simply put, the United Kingdom is a big place and it has plenty to offer. From the cultivated landscapes of England to the more rugged backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, there is something here for everyone. The variety of cultures are interesting and the people are diverse. And, since the United Kingdom is isolated from Europe by the English Channel and the North Sea, the quickest way to reach it is to fly to your destination, thereby making use of one of the many airports in the UK.

The vast majority of visitors from other countries will step off their airplane at Heathrow Airport. This massive airport is the busiest and best connected in the United Kingdom. However it is certainly not the only airport in the UK and there are more than 330 airports scattered across the UK with paved runways and a further 137 with unpaved runways. There are also 11 heliports so if you have need for this type of aircraft you should not struggle too much to find one. Most of the bigger airports in the United Kingdom are operated by the BAA and this helps to ensure that the airports maintains a certain standard of technology and efficacy. While airports such as Bristol Airport or Cardiff Airport may be somewhat different from Gatwick Airport or Edinburgh Airport, they are all well run and service is friendly and efficient at the best of times.

If you are planning to navigate your own way across the United Kingdom, you will find that there are literally hundreds of different airports to choose from. At this time we are only able to cover a few of the most prominent airports which generally offer the best service but if you desire to travel to somewhere that we have not covered, we urge you to investigate whatever other options may be available to you.

Airports in the UK: