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Cheap flights from United Kingdom

If you’re looking for flights from the United Kingdom to, well, anywhere, you’ve come to the right place. Enter your destination to find out which UK airports offer the best prices. Whether you’re looking for short-haul flights to Europe with no-frills budget airlines or luxurious long-haul flights from some of the most prestigious names in air travel, we’ll show you the best flights from the United Kingdom.

Major airports in the United Kingdom

There are 24 commercial airports you can fly from in the United Kingdom. The busiest by far is London Heathrow, which served nearly 73.5 million passengers during 2014. London Gatwick is the second busiest, followed by Manchester, London Stansted, and London Luton. The top ten is rounded out by Edinburgh Airport, Birmingham Airport, Glasgow Airport, Bristol Airport, and Newcastle Airport. All of them offer a good mixture of long and short-haul flights, as well as domestic routes.

Main airlines in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is represented in the skies by British Airways. The flag carrying airline flies from the UK to more than 160 destinations worldwide. In terms of fleet size and number of routes it’s the largest airline in Britain, but in terms of passenger numbers it comes second to budget airline Easyjet. Easyjet specialise in short-haul flights, mostly to European and domestic destinations.

Ryanair is another big player in UK airspace. Based in Ireland, this no-frills airline is the largest in Europe. They offer lots of short-haul flights from the United Kingdom, and their largest base is at Stansted Airport. If you’re planning your summer holiday you’re likely to encounter Monarch Airlines, Jet2, Thomson Airways, and Thomas Cook Airlines, as they all specialise in short and medium haul holidays in the sun. They also specialise in flights to ski destinations during the winter.

Virgin Atlantic is one of the major British airlines offering intercontinental flights. They’ve recently reduced the number of routes on offer, but still fly to a range of destinations across South Africa, the USA, the Caribbean, Mexico, India and China.

Find cheap long-haul international flights

While the London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Luton) usually offer the best prices on long haul flights from the United Kingdom, it’s possible to find bargains elsewhere. For example it’s often cheaper to fly to Sydney from Edinburgh. Choosing ‘United Kingdom’ as your departure point when you search for flights makes it easy to find the best deal. Search to see the best price from every airport, with the cheapest routes at the top. 

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