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The UK is among those countries that have the best, most airports, airlines, air connections. And all these also apply to the fares! The intense competition, the presence of so many airline hubs and the sheer number of flights make the fares shrink.

The United Kingdom was among the countries where low cost airlines have first emerged. No wonder that the big name easyJet also comes from this country.

British Airways was holding the title of "the biggest airline in the World" for a very long time and even today it is still part of the big actors in the global air travel business.

You will find it very easy to find connections to the UK, as country. Now we will take a look at the most important airlines in the country, the most important airports, the possibilities you have for flying in and out of various locations. 

 

Domestic flights

Overwhelmingly intense internal air traffic between the big cities. Flights services are also offered to some of the nearby islands belonging to the UK.

 

International flights

Overwhelming number of flights to London's multiple airports and the major cities like: Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol and more.

 

Airlines serving the UK

 

British Airways

Flag carrier of the United Kingdom. It used to be the World's largest airline until several years ago.

Today it is the UK's largest, one of Europe's and still one of the World's largest airlines.

Part of the One World alliance, it serves over 150 destinations (subsidies and code-share partners excluded).

 

bmi

Its name comes from British Midland (it was its previous name).

This one is a scheduled service operator, part of the Star Alliance, but is often mistakenly believed to be a low cost airline.

Flies to Europe, Africa, Asia - including the Caucasus region, the Middle East.

Previously operated flights to the USA, but they were ceased.

 

bmi baby

bmibaby is a low cost airline subsidized to bmi.

Runs bases at Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Manchester and flies to European destinations only.

This carrier is not part of the Star Alliance, despite the fact that its parent company is (you cannot earn frequent flyer miles/points/bonuses when flying with bmi baby).

 

bmi Regional

bmi Regional is a regional carrier, subsidy of the bmi mother company.

This airline is based in Aberdeen, but also has bases in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds.

15 destinations were served with 20 aircraft in late 2009.

Checking them out could be a good idea if you are travelling to or from Scotland.

They have very small Brazilian-manufactured Embraer ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 planes.

 

easyJet

The best choice for getting in and out of the UK.

Europe's leading low cost airline will take you to over 110 destinations and their number is expected to grow with the entry of new airplanes into the easyJet fleet.

The main hubs of easyJet are: Basel, Belfast, Berlin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Milano/Milan, Newcastle, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Roma/Rome.

For complete information please check the easyJet website with multiple language support. The number of destinations and routes to them from so many hubs is tremendous and is subject to change frequently.

 

Flybe

Flybe is a conventional air carrier with hubs near: Southampton, Exeter, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, London.

It late 2009 it had 10 focus cities/regions in the UK, all of them. Destinations numbered 45 and the fleet 71.

It operates own flights and also has franchise partners, as well as code-share agreements.

 

Flyglobespan

Flyglobespan is a low cost airline from Edinburgh. If you will travel to or from Edinburgh, then except easyJet and several other airlines, you should check Flyglobespan.

Small fleet of 11 airplanes in late 2009, but will be enlarged with 4 more orders...

Close to 30 destinations are served in Europe, Africa and North America (Canada especially).

 

Jet2

Low cost airline based in Leeds.

Bases are maintained at Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

They run old, used airplanes primarily.

Over 50 destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East are served.

Some of the old, but terminated, less profitable destinations that Jet2 has operated flights to: Bergen (Norway), Hamburg (Germany), Madrid (Spain), Valencia (Spain), London Gatwick (UK), Newark (USA).

 

Manx2

Manx2 is headquartered in the Isle of Man and with 5 planes it operates to 9 destinations: Belfast (2 airports), Blackpool, Isle of Man (Ballasalla), Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Nottingham, Staverton.

Strangely they don't fly to London, but you will be able to find connecting flights easily if you travel through Leeds, for example.

 

Monarch

Charter airline with bases at Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and at Manchester, but also near Dublin, Ireland.

The airline flies to over 100 destination World-wide, 17 from these destinations are scheduled.

If you are a UK citizen or if you reside for a longer period in this country, then you might want to try them out, especially if you are searching for a carrier that will take you to your preferred vacation spot.

 

Thomson Airways

The World's largest charter airline.

Has bases in the following locations: Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster-Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle.

Serves primarily vacation destinations, these number over 100.

The airline is owned by TUI Travel PLC, therefore it is an important flight service "supplier" to travel agencies in the United Kingdom.

 

Virgin Atlantic

Its base is in London and from there it flies to multiple location in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia.

 

Various other carriers

From London, but also Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Belfast, Leeds, Edinburgh, Liverpool etc. you will find flights to much of the World.

The UK has the best aerial connection with North America, South Africa, Australia.

Enumeration and presentation of each airline is needless. Their sheer number would only create confusion for the viewer of this page. Instead, we recommend you to check the airline that serve the UK cities from where or to where you are going to travel. And then see the connections and fares this way.

 

Destinations, major airports in the UK

 

Aberdeen Airport

Belfast City George Best Airport

Belfast International Airport

Birmingham International Airport

Blackpool International Airport

Bournemouth Airport

Bristol International Airport

Cambridge Marshall Airport

Cardiff Airport

Coventry Airport

Dundee Airport

East Midlands Airport (near Castle Donnington in Leicestershire)

Edinburgh Airport

Exeter International Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Guernsey Airport

Inverness Airport

Isle of Man Airport

Jersey Airport

Leeds Bradford International Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport

London City Airport

London Farnborough Airfield

London Gatwick Airport

London Heathrow Airport

London Luton Airport

London Stansted Airport

London Southend Airport

Londonderry City of Derry Airport

Manchester Airport

Newcastle Airport

Norwich International Airport

Nottingham Airport

Southampton Airport

 

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