Flights to the UK
Booking a flight to the United Kingdom is made easy by the number of airports and airlines serving its various cities and regions.
Flights to the UK from abroad land at its 29 international airports. Evenly distributed throughout the state, they make England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland highly accessible to travelers arriving from almost every corner of the world.
Each is well connected to its nearest metropolitan area by well-developed and affordable road, rail and metro services, making onward travel for those travelers heading to nearby cities and beyond relatively smooth and hassle-free.
Just under 60 airports offer domestic flights within the United Kingdom, in many cases providing a cheaper and faster alternative to road and rail travel.
The overwhelming majority of flights to Great Britain and Northern Ireland land at the five major airports located in the Greater London area and the wider South East England region. In terms of passenger numbers, Heathrow is by far the busiest and most important airport in the United Kingdom. Gatwick is a distant second in terms of passenger numbers and flights.
Cheap flights to the United Kingdom from long haul locations in North America, South America, Asia and Africa are most often routed via Heathrow and Gatwick.
A number of low-cost carriers have established themselves in the UK’s regional airports. The cheapest flights to the UK from Europe are typically offered by low-cost airlines like EasyJet, Ryanair, Flybe and Wizz Air. None of these airlines fly to Heathrow. Though they do offer flights to Gatwick, most of their services are routed through the UK’s main regional airports.
Other popular airlines for UK flights include British Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, KLM, Air France, United Airlines, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus.
Travelers looking for cheap flights to England should consider flying to Manchester, London Stansted, London Luton, Birmingham International, Bristol International, Liverpool John Lennon, Newcastle or East Midlands airports. Those in search of cheap flights to Scotland can fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow International airports. Travelers looking for a cheap flight to Wales or a cheap direct flight to Northern Ireland are restricted in choice. Cardiff International Airport and Belfast International airport are their only choices respectively.