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The 30 largest airports and airlines in the United Kingdom

Further information is provided on the 30 biggest airports in the United Kingdom. At London Heathrow Airport alone, 86 airlines operate and serve flights to and from 171 destinations.

Out of the 13 airlines of the country we have listed biggest 9. EasyJet is leading here with a total of 136 flight destinations.

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The 30 biggest airports in the United Kingdom

LHRLondon Heathrow AirportLondon86171
MANManchester AirportManchester50146
LGWLondon Gatwick AirportLondon47165
BHXBirmingham International AirportBirmingham2681
GLAGlasgow International AirportGlasgow2663
NCLNewcastle AirportNewcastle2449
EDIEdinburgh AirportEdinburgh2488
ABZAberdeen Dyce AirportAberdeen1729
BRSBristol AirportBristol1573
CWLCardiff International AirportCardiff1420
LBALeeds Bradford AirportLeeds1351
EMAEast Midlands AirportNottingham1057
STNLondon Stansted AirportLondon10153
LTNLondon Luton AirportLondon885
BHDGeorge Best Belfast City AirportBelfast618
NWINorwich International AirportNorwich68
EXTExeter International AirportExeter619
BFSBelfast International AirportBelfast529
SOUSouthampton AirportSouthampton523
DSARobin Hood Doncaster Sheffield AirportDoncaster48
LPLLiverpool John Lennon AirportLiverpool448
BOHBournemouth AirportBournemouth317
BZZRAF Brize NortonBrize Nortonn/an/a
LCYLondon City AirportLondon1235
NQYNewquay Cornwall AirportNewquay45
HUYHumberside AirportGrimsby44
BLKBlackpool International AirportBlackpool39
MMEDurham Tees Valley AirportDurham32
SENSouthend AirportSouthend214
KOIKirkwall AirportOrkney Islands211

Freight volume

In 2020, a total of 3.67 billion ton-kilometers (= total mass transported in tons multiplied by kilometers traveled) of cargo was moved by air in the United Kingdom. London Heathrow Airport alone accounted for around 1.67 million metric tons.

The biggest airlines based in the United Kingdom

The largest airline in the country with scheduled passenger traffic and in terms of fleet size is EasyJet. In 2021, it carried 20.40 million passengers. It currently has a fleet of 323 aircrafts. The main airlines for civil passenger traffic in the United Kingdom are:

IATANameCallsignFleet sizeDestinations
BABritish AirwaysSpeedbird257183
BYTUI AirwaysTomjet6496
VSVirgin AtlanticVirgin4037
CJBA CityFlyerFlyer2226
W9Wizz Air UKWizz Go17n/a
RKRyanair UKBluemax9n/a

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