Guide to Domestic Flights in Britain

by Ben Johnson

If you’re visiting the UK from abroad, then you’re already going to be familiar with some of the larger international airports. However, there is also a large network of domestic flight in the UK, especially between Scotland and England.

Major regional airports include Exeter, Gloucester, Birmingham, Manchester, East Midlands, Nottingham Robin Hood, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and most have direct flights to and from the major London airports.

Speaking of London, the capital city is served by a total of six airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Gatwick, Southend and – the most central of all – London City Airport.

If you’re looking to explore some of the more remote corners of Scotland’s highlands and islands, then you’ll almost certainly want to consider taking a flight from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness. Fly into Barra Airport on the Outer Hebrides and you’ll be landing on the only airport in the world where the scheduled flights use a beach as a runway!

Many low cost airlines operate these domestic routes, and as a result flying can be cheaper than the equivalent long distance rail fares. To take advantage of these cheap flights, look out for carriers such as eastJet, bmibaby, Flybe and Ryanair.

Map of Regional Airports in the UK

Domestic Carriers in Britain

Aurigny Air Services – Based in Guernsey, this small carrier operates to and from the Channel Islands.

Blue Islands – Like Aurigny Air Services, this carrier operates flights to and from the Channel Islands.

BMI Regional – A small airline specialising in domestic travel across the UK.

British Airways – The largest airline in the UK and perhaps best known for its international services, British Airways also operates a large domestic network of flights.

Eastern Airways – A small airline with a strong focus on serving north east England.

Easyjet – A low cost airline with a huge network spanning across the UK and Europe.

Jet2.com – Similar to Easyjet, Jet2.com is another low cost airline which, although specialising in flights to Europe, also has some domestic UK services.

Little Red (Virgin Atlantic) – A new airline from Virgin Atlantic which operates as a ‘feeder’ service from smaller, regional airports to the larger international hubs in London.

Loganair – The UK’s oldest operating airline, Loganair is based in Scotland and specialises in services to the highlands and islands.

Airport Accommodation

Click here for a huge range of hotels by airports across England, Scotland and Wales.

English Country Inns also have a great selection of traditional and historic inns close to airports.

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