United Kingdom is one of the most developed countries in the world. UK is also considered as one of the hubs of the aviation industry in the European continent. The capital of the United Kingdom i.e. London, is the business center of Europe. So, obviously, there will be a large amount of air traffic in the sky of the United Kingdom.

In this article, we have listed the busiest airports in the United Kingdom by passengers.

10 Busiest Airports in the United Kingdom by Passengers Traffic

1. London Heathrow Airport, London

London Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom. In 2017, the airport handled the 78,012,825 passengers. It is the primary hub for the British Airways, the largest airline company in the country.

It is also the primary operating base for the Virgin Atlantic Airlines. According to the latest figures, the airport serves 213,733 passengers daily on an average. The airport is being operated by Heathrow Airport Limited and owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings.

Heathrow Airport London
Heathrow Airport London

2. London Gatwick Airport, West Sussex

London Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport in the UK. The airport handled 45,556,899 passengers in 2017 according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority. It is the primary hub for the British Airways. The airport is located just 48 km from London.

The Gatwick Airport has more than 346 check-in counters and more than 23,500 people on the site. The airport is being operated by the Gatwick Airport Limited.

London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport

 

3. Manchester Airport, Manchester

Manchester Airport, located just 9.2 miles away from the city of Manchester. The airport handled 27,826,054 passengers in 2017 according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The airport is being used by more than 100 airlines and serves to more than 200 destinations worldwide. It is the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom by passenger traffic. The airport is being operated by the Manchester Airport Group (MAG).

Manchester Airport, Manchester
Manchester Airport, Manchester

4. London Stansted Airport, Essex

London Stansted Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom with traffic of 25,904,450 passengers in 2017. The airport is being operated by the Stansted Airport Limited and owned by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

The airport connects more than 145 destinations worldwide by 12 airlines. The runway of this airport is also used by other private companies.

London Stansted Airport
London Stansted Airport

5. London Luton Airport, Luton

The London Luton Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. In 2017, the airport handled 15,799,219 according to the statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The airport is being operated by the London Luton Airport Operations Ltd, owned by the Luton Borough Council. The airport serves London area and it is located in Luton, Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom.

London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport

6. Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the fifth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. In 2017, the airport handled 13,410,343 passengers according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The airport is being operated by the Edinburgh Airport Ltd and owned by the Global Infrastructure Partners. The airport serves Edinburgh, Fife, Lothian, Central Scotland and the Scottish Borders.

Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport

7. Birmingham Airport, Birmingham

Birmingham Airport, located about 75 km from central London and 13 km east of Birmingham, is the seventh busiest airport in the United Kingdom.

The airport handled 12,990,303 passengers in 2017. The airport is being operated by the Birmingham Airport Ltd, owned by the Seven Metropolitan Boroughs of West Midlands, Airport Group Investments Ltd. and its employees.

Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport

8. Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom. The airport is just 11 km west of the city center of Glasgow. The airport is the second busiest airport in Scotland, after Edinburgh Airport. The airport handled 9,897,959 passengers according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Glasgow Airport
Glasgow Airport

9. Bristol Airport, Bristol

Bristol Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom by number of passengers handled. The airport is located 13 km southwest of the city centre of Bristol. The airport handled 8,239,250 in 2017.

The airport serves Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. The airport is owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and operated by the South West Airports Limited.

Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport

10. Belfast Airport, Belfast

Belfast Airport is ranked at the tenth position in the list of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom. The airport is located in Belfast Airport in Northern Ireland. The airport serves the city of Belfast. The airport handled 5,836,735 passengers in 2017.

The airport connects good number of destinations worldwide. So many airlines operate flights from Belfast such as the easyJet, Jet2.com, Ryanair and others.

Belfast Airport
Belfast Airport

Article last re-published on March 31, 2020.

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