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Last update on March 20, 2020

If you’re travelling to the UK, here’s a guide on the main airports in London and beyond, as well as information on UK airports and bookings.

UK flight services

Flight services in the UK are made up of various services provided by airport operators, tour companies and airlines as well as government bodies. Airports are managed by different groups depending on the activity concerned.

Main UK airports and their responsibilities

BAA (formerly the British Airports Authority) owns and operates seven British airports. They are:

  • London Heathrow
  • London Gatwick
  • London Stansted
  • Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Southampton

Booking and ticketing

The prices airlines charge are not government regulated and can vary greatly. It is always worth shopping around. There are a growing number of ways to book flights:

  • Through the airline directly
  • Through travel agents
  • In person at a shop or at the airport
  • Over the phone
  • Over the internet

Most airlines will list taxes and charges, such as fuel duty and Air Passenger Duty, separately from the basic fare.

For further details about UK regional airports and airlines click here.