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Air Travel (domestic)

United Kingdom (UK) - Air Travel (domestic)

Most of the international airports in the United Kingdom have been upgraded within the last ten years as a means of supporting the influx of traffic. This has increased the standard of travel for flights, making it easier for travellers to get to and from the airport.

Ticket Information and Purchase

The Internet has become an integral part of air travel with the availability of timetables, ticket prices, and purchasing options. Expats can explore independent sites or the airline’s own website in order to purchase tickets, obtain information and compare prices. There are more than 40 airlines serving the UK, most of which fly through London.

Numerous locations are served from the international airports in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England. Daily flights can be found to Europe and North America. Flights to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central/South America take longer and usually require a stop during the journey. North American flights to the mid-western section of the United States will usually stop in New York, Miami, or Washington DC before continuing on to the final destination. This makes it easier for customs, as well as giving passengers a break from the long Atlantic flight.

Main flights often come into the United Kingdom from the USA, Germany, Canada, and Australia. Of course, flights will also arrive from the Middle East, France, EU countries, EEA countries, and several other locations, however stops are usually only required when flying from the four countries listed above. In Germany there are about 25 cities that have direct flights to the United Kingdom, including Berlin and Munich.

Flights out of Canada are not as varied, with approximately 12 airports with daily flights to London. Flights are found from Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and British Columbia airports on a daily basis, as well as a few smaller locations.

For travellers from Australia, flights leave daily from over 15 airports including Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. However, there are only direct flights to the UK from Sydney and these are operated through British Airways.

Direct Flights from US

The companies below offer flights to the UK, and details regarding timetables, prices, and flight information can be found on their websites. Roughly 25 states provide a service to the United Kingdom. Some states, such as Florida, have multiple airports with international flights to London.

Main International Airlines Used By Expats Travelling to the UK

American Airlines






British Airways


US Airways


Virgin Atlantic


Air New Zealand


Kuwait Airways


Airlines Flying into the UK

The following is a list of airlines and their websites where you can find timetables, ticket prices, and flight details for a range of countries flying into the UK.



Air Canada


Air France




Aer Lingus


Qatar Airways






Main Airports in the UK for Local Flight Information

The airports listed below are the main terminals in the United Kingdom, however other arrival points are possible. Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Cardiff, Leeds/Bradford, Aberdeen, and Liverpool supply flights to and from the United Kingdom.

Also in the list are Belfast City, Bournemouth, Cork, Durham Tees Valley, Exeter, Humberside, Inverness, Jersey, Norwich, Shannon, and Southampton for flights to and from the United Kingdom.

London Heathrow International Airport

London Heathrow is the main airport in England. It is considered one of the busiest in the world and is the busiest in the UK. It is 22 km (around 15 miles) from central London.

+44(0) 844 335 1801

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the UK and has been the main airport of Scotland since 2012.

+44(0) 844 448 8833

Glasgow Airport

Scotland’s second busiest airport and rated at eighth overall in the UK for passengers, Glasgow Airport has three terminals.

+44(0) 844 481 5555

Minicom service for the hearing impaired: +44(0) 844 571 7410


Belfast International Airport

Belfast’s airport is the second busiest in Ireland, but the main airport of Northern Ireland.

+44(0) 289 448 4848

Cardiff International Airport

Cardiff Airport is closest for travellers to Wales and sees many international flights each day.

+44(0) 144 671 1111

Independent Websites

The following are discount websites that can be used to find air travel and holiday packages. These sites tend to offer discounts that are sometimes not available through the airlines. They also supply timetables and flight information.

Expedia Travel




Booking Buddy


Travel Zoo


Travel Supermarket


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