The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (or simply, the UK) is blessed with a fascinating history and a dynamic culture. Although it lost popularity among travelers compared to the decades before, the UK is still a popular destination for many travelers. Most travelers enter the country through London, but there are so many more things to see outside the capital. So, once you booked a flight to the UK, you should consider adding at least one domestic flight in the UK.
Some Popular Destinations in the UK
Comprising most of the British Isles, the UK offers a lot of places to see and it’s impossible to plan to visit them all in one trip. That’s why you should get to know the most important destinations in the country, outside of London:
- Glasgow: Scotland’s largest city, well known for its Art Nouveau Architecture, shopping, culture, music and sport.
- Belfast: the capital of Northern Ireland is filled with interesting places to visit and has become an important travel destination.
- Liverpool : is famous for its music, sports and nightlife. The Pier Head Waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the birth place of the Beatles. The city is also home to the largest national museum collection outside of London.
- Manchester: is the third most visited city in the UK and home to the world’s only new work arts festival. It is very popular for its gay scene and music.
- Birmingham : is UK’s second largest city, known for the shopping, culture and lively nightlife.
Flights from London
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the busiest airport in the UK and the fourth busiest in the world. It handles more international traffic than any other airport in the world. In addition to being a hub for British Airways and BMI, it also handles domestic traffic. Another airport in the capital, London Gatwick Airport (LGW) ranks second in passenger traffic both for international and domestic traffic. It is also Europe’s most important airport for point-to-point flights. The third busiest airport in the UK also serves London. London Stansted Airport (STN) is a hub for many low-cost European carriers and the largest base for Ryanair. It handles mostly traffic from Europe and some domestic routes. Outside of London, Manchester Airport (MAN) ranks as the forth busiest airport in the UK handling both international and domestic traffic. With so many big airports serving London, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a cheap flight to any destination in the UK.
Domestic Airlines Operating in the UK
Most of the domestic flights in the UK are run by the following airlines: Air Wales, Air Scotland, British Airways, BMI, bmibaby, easyJet, Flybe and Ryanair. The low cost carriers offer most routes (including to smaller airports). Make sure to compare the prices offered by all airlines in order to find the best deals.