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The tables below contain CAA data from 2006 to 2009, on the busiest airport
Airport
An airport is a location where aircraft such as fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and blimps take off and land. Aircraft may be stored or maintained at an airport...

s in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 by total passenger traffic, including information on international, domestic and transit counterparts. The data also shows total aircraft
Aircraft
An aircraft is a vehicle that is able to fly by gaining support from the air, or, in general, the atmosphere of a planet. An aircraft counters the force of gravity by using either static lift or by using the dynamic lift of an airfoil, or in a few cases the downward thrust from jet engines.Although...

 movements and cargo
Cargo
Cargo is goods or produce transported, generally for commercial gain, by ship, aircraft, train, van or truck. In modern times, containers are used in most intermodal long-haul cargo transport.-Marine:...

 volume handled at each airport.

London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

 serves as the largest aviation hub in the world by passenger traffic, with five international airport
International airport
An international airport is any airport that can accommodate flights from other countries and are typically equipped with customs and immigration facilities to handle these flights to and from other countries...

s, handling 130,307,938 passengers in 2009, more than any other city. London's second busiest airport, Gatwick
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is located 3.1 miles north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and south of Central London. Previously known as London Gatwick,In 2010, the name changed from London Gatwick Airport to Gatwick Airport...

, is the world's busiest single runway airport. The aircraft movement of London's combined gateways is second only to New York City in runway operations (number of takeoffs and landings).

The United Kingdom is home to many of Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

's largest and busiest airports as well as one of the busiest international airports in the world, London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

, which handles over 67 million international passengers annually.

2009 / 2010 data


The following is a list of the 40 largest UK airports in 2010, from final 2009 and 2010 CAA statistics.
Rank Airport Total
Passengers
2009
Total
Passengers
2010
Change
2009/10
1 London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

 
66,036,957 65,881,660 0.2%
2 London Gatwick Airport  32,392,520 31,375,290 3.1%
3 London Stansted Airport
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

 
19,957,077 18,573,803 6.9%
4 Manchester Airport  18,724,889 17,759,015 5.2%
5 London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

 
9,120,546 8,738,717 4.2%
6 Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements...

 
9,049,355 8,596,715 5.0%
7 Birmingham Airport  9,102,899 8,572,398 5.8%
8 Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is an international airport in Scotland, located west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire...

 
7,225,021 6,548,865 9.4%
9 Bristol International Airport
Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport , located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England and the surrounding area. At first it was named Bristol Lulsgate Airport and from March 1997 to March 2010 it was known as Bristol International Airport...

 
5,642,921 5,747,604 1.9%
10 Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport serving the city of Liverpool and the North West of England. Formerly known as Speke Airport, RAF Speke, and Liverpool Airport the airport is located within the City of Liverpool adjacent to the estuary of the River Mersey some southeast...

 
4,884,494 5,013,940 2.7%
11 Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is located in Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, north-west of the city centre. In 2010 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom....

 
4,587,883 4,356,130 5.1%
12 East Midlands Airport  4,658,151 4,113,501 11.7%
13 Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with...

 
4,546,475 4,016,170 11.7%
14 London City Airport
London City Airport
London City Airport is a single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It was developed by the engineering...

 
2,796,890 2,780,582 0.6%
15 Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport is an international airport, located at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, approximately northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% compared with 2009, making it the 15th busiest airport in the UK...

 
2,984,445 2,763,708 7.4%
16 Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

 
2,574,426 2,755,110 7.0%
17 George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility...

 
2,621,763 2,740,341 4.5%
18 Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK, located north north-east of Southampton, in the Borough of Eastleigh within Hampshire, England....

 
1,789,901 1,733,690 3.1%
19 Glasgow Prestwick Airport  1,817,727 1,662,744 8.5%
20 Jersey Airport
Jersey Airport
-Busiest routes:Some airlines offer services between Jersey and other destinations with an intermediate stop at Guernsey. There are also periodic charter flights to European holiday destinations, Madeira and ski destinations operated by airlines such as Aurigny Air Services, Europe Airpost, Palmair...

 
1,491,424 1,463,221 1.9%
21 Cardiff Airport  1,631,236 1,404,613 13.9%
22 Guernsey Airport
Guernsey Airport
Guernsey Airport is the largest airport in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and is the only airport on the island of Guernsey. It is located in the Forest, a parish in Guernsey, west southwest of St. Peter Port.-History:...

 
937,391 923,683 1.4%
23 Doncaster Sheffield Airport  835,768 876,153 4.8%
24 Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth Airport is an airport located north-northeast of Bournemouth, in southern England...

 
870,754 751,331 13.7%
25 Exeter International Airport
Exeter International Airport
Exeter International Airport is an airport located at Clyst Honiton in the District of East Devon close to the city of Exeter and within the county of Devon, South West England....

 
795,721 744,957 6.4%
26 Isle of Man Airport
Isle of Man Airport
Isle of Man Airport , also known as Ronaldsway Airport and, in Manx, Purt Aer Vannin, is the main civilian airport on the Isle of Man. It is located in the south of the island at Ronaldsway near Castletown, southwest of Douglas, the island's capital. Along with the Isle of Man Sea Terminal, it is...

 
708,127 675,871 4.6%
27 Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport is an international airport situated at Dalcross, north east of the city of Inverness in Highland, Scotland. The airport is the main gateway for travellers to the north of Scotland with a wide range of scheduled services throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, and limited...

 
591,397 530,213 10.3%
28 Norwich International Airport
Norwich International Airport
Norwich International Airport , also known as Norwich Airport, is an airport in the City of Norwich within Norfolk, England north of the city centre and on the edge of the city's suburbs....

 
430,594 425,821 1.1%
29 City of Derry Airport
City of Derry Airport
City of Derry Airport is an airport located northeast of Derry, Northern Ireland. It is located on the south bank of Lough Foyle, a short distance from the village of Eglinton and from the city centre...

 
345,857 339,432 1.9%
30 Newquay Airport  386,870 315,107 18.5%
31 Humberside Airport
Humberside Airport
-Cargo flights:Icelandair Cargo operate a weekly Sunday flight from Keflavík which then departs to Liege-Passenger statistics:-Bus service:An hourly daytime bus service runs from Grimsby and Hull to the airport from Monday to Saturday.-External links:**...

 
336,649 283,160 15.9%
32 Scatsta Airport
Scatsta Airport
Scatsta Airport , is a commercial airport on Shetland in Scotland located north of Lerwick and southwest of Sullom Voe Terminal.Scatsta Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee...

 
270,101 279,482 3.5%
33 Blackpool Airport
Blackpool Airport
Blackpool International Airport is an international airport on the Fylde coast of Lancashire, England, in the Borough of Fylde, just outside the Borough of Blackpool. It was formerly known as Squires Gate Airport....

 
276,866 235,340 15.0%
34 Durham Tees Valley Airport
Durham Tees Valley Airport
Durham Tees Valley Airport is an international airport in north east England, located southeast of Darlington, about southwest of Middlesbrough and south of Durham. The airport serves County Durham and parts of North Yorkshire, and is in Middleton St George in the borough of Darlington...

 
289,464 226,209 21.9%
35 Kirkwall Airport
Kirkwall Airport
Kirkwall Airport is the main airport serving the Orkney Islands in Scotland. It is located southeast of Kirkwall and is owned by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited...

 
150,343 141,399 5.9%
36 Sumburgh Airport
Sumburgh Airport
-Other tenants:*Maritime and Coastguard Agency *Bristow Helicopters*Bond Helicopters -Incidents and accidents:...

 
140,714 140,129 0.4%
37 Plymouth City Airport
Plymouth City Airport
Plymouth City Airport is an airport located within the City of Plymouth north northeast of the city centre in Devon, England. The airport opened on this site in 1925 and was officially opened by the Edward VIII, as Prince of Wales, in 1931...

 
157,933 128,603 18.6%
38 St. Mary's Airport  120,909 115,194 4.7%
39 Stornoway Airport
Stornoway Airport
-Other Tenants:* Maritime and Coastguard Agency - 2 Sikorsky S-92 helicopters operated by CHC Helicopter-Accident and incidents:...

 
123,199 113,680 7.7%
40 Penzance Heliport
Penzance Heliport
Penzance Heliport is located northeast of Penzance, Cornwall. The heliport has scheduled flights to the Isles of Scilly, which connect to the railway network at Penzance railway station by a special bus service...

 
85,911 89,469 4.1%
TOTAL 221,491,568 213,933,050 3.4%

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics

2008 / 2009 data


The following is a list of the 40 largest UK airports, which served 221,491,568 passengers annually in 2009, from 2008-2009 CAA statistics.
Rank Airport Total
Passengers
2008
Total
Passengers
2009
Change
2008/09
Aircraft
movements
2009
1 London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

 
67,054,745 66,036,957 1.5% 466,393
2 London Gatwick Airport  34,205,887 32,392,520 5.3% 251,879
3 London Stansted Airport
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

 
22,360,364 19,957,077 10.7% 167,817
4 Manchester Airport  21,219,195 18,724,889 11.8% 172,515
5 London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

 
10,180,734 9,120,546 10.4% 98,736
6 Birmingham Airport  9,627,589 9,102,899 5.4% 101,221
7 Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements...

 
9,006,702 9,049,355 0.5% 115,969
8 Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is an international airport in Scotland, located west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire...

 
8,178,891 7,225,021 11.7% 85,281
9 Bristol International Airport
Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport , located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England and the surrounding area. At first it was named Bristol Lulsgate Airport and from March 1997 to March 2010 it was known as Bristol International Airport...

 
6,267,114 5,642,921 10.0% 70,245
10 Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport serving the city of Liverpool and the North West of England. Formerly known as Speke Airport, RAF Speke, and Liverpool Airport the airport is located within the City of Liverpool adjacent to the estuary of the River Mersey some southeast...

 
5,334,152 4,884,494 8.4% 79,298
11 East Midlands Airport  5,620,673 4,658,151 17.1% 83,256
12 Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is located in Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, north-west of the city centre. In 2010 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom....

 
5,039,993 4,587,883 9.0% 69,254
13 Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with...

 
5,262,354 4,546,475 13.6% 68,813
14 Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport is an international airport, located at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, approximately northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% compared with 2009, making it the 15th busiest airport in the UK...

 
3,290,920 2,984,445 9.3% 109,876
15 London City Airport
London City Airport
London City Airport is a single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It was developed by the engineering...

 
3,260,236 2,796,890 14.2% 76,861
16 George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility...

 
2,570,742 2,621,763 2.0% 39,330
17 Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

 
2,873,321 2,574,426 10.4% 53,817
18 Glasgow Prestwick Airport  2,415,755 1,817,727 24.8% 34,230
19 Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK, located north north-east of Southampton, in the Borough of Eastleigh within Hampshire, England....

 
1,945,993 1,789,901 8.0% 45,502
20 Cardiff Airport  1,994,892 1,631,236 18.2% 27,003
21 Jersey Airport
Jersey Airport
-Busiest routes:Some airlines offer services between Jersey and other destinations with an intermediate stop at Guernsey. There are also periodic charter flights to European holiday destinations, Madeira and ski destinations operated by airlines such as Aurigny Air Services, Europe Airpost, Palmair...

 
1,625,660 1,491,424 8.3% 64,120
22 Guernsey Airport
Guernsey Airport
Guernsey Airport is the largest airport in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and is the only airport on the island of Guernsey. It is located in the Forest, a parish in Guernsey, west southwest of St. Peter Port.-History:...

 
945,441 937,391 0.9% 57,634
23 Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth Airport is an airport located north-northeast of Bournemouth, in southern England...

 
1,083,446 870,754 19.6% 82,538
24 Doncaster Sheffield Airport  968,481 835,768 13.7% 10,584
25 Exeter International Airport
Exeter International Airport
Exeter International Airport is an airport located at Clyst Honiton in the District of East Devon close to the city of Exeter and within the county of Devon, South West England....

 
956,251 795,721 16.8% 37,562
26 Isle of Man Airport
Isle of Man Airport
Isle of Man Airport , also known as Ronaldsway Airport and, in Manx, Purt Aer Vannin, is the main civilian airport on the Isle of Man. It is located in the south of the island at Ronaldsway near Castletown, southwest of Douglas, the island's capital. Along with the Isle of Man Sea Terminal, it is...

 
754,419 708,127 6.1% 40,539
27 Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport is an international airport situated at Dalcross, north east of the city of Inverness in Highland, Scotland. The airport is the main gateway for travellers to the north of Scotland with a wide range of scheduled services throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, and limited...

 
678,776 591,397 12.9% 30,290
28 Norwich International Airport
Norwich International Airport
Norwich International Airport , also known as Norwich Airport, is an airport in the City of Norwich within Norfolk, England north of the city centre and on the edge of the city's suburbs....

 
583,056 430,594 26.1% 42,003
29 Newquay Airport  466,448 386,870 17.1% 12,835
30 City of Derry Airport
City of Derry Airport
City of Derry Airport is an airport located northeast of Derry, Northern Ireland. It is located on the south bank of Lough Foyle, a short distance from the village of Eglinton and from the city centre...

 
439,033 345,857 21.2% 10,286
31 Humberside Airport
Humberside Airport
-Cargo flights:Icelandair Cargo operate a weekly Sunday flight from Keflavík which then departs to Liege-Passenger statistics:-Bus service:An hourly daytime bus service runs from Grimsby and Hull to the airport from Monday to Saturday.-External links:**...

 
427,648 336,649 21.3% 35,060
32 Durham Tees Valley Airport
Durham Tees Valley Airport
Durham Tees Valley Airport is an international airport in north east England, located southeast of Darlington, about southwest of Middlesbrough and south of Durham. The airport serves County Durham and parts of North Yorkshire, and is in Middleton St George in the borough of Darlington...

 
655,017 289,464 55.9% 25,208
33 Blackpool Airport
Blackpool Airport
Blackpool International Airport is an international airport on the Fylde coast of Lancashire, England, in the Borough of Fylde, just outside the Borough of Blackpool. It was formerly known as Squires Gate Airport....

 
439,200 276,866 36.9% 52,575
34 Scatsta Airport
Scatsta Airport
Scatsta Airport , is a commercial airport on Shetland in Scotland located north of Lerwick and southwest of Sullom Voe Terminal.Scatsta Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee...

 
243,087 270,101 11.1% 14,364
35 Plymouth City Airport
Plymouth City Airport
Plymouth City Airport is an airport located within the City of Plymouth north northeast of the city centre in Devon, England. The airport opened on this site in 1925 and was officially opened by the Edward VIII, as Prince of Wales, in 1931...

 
117,823 157,933 34.0% 19,763
36 Kirkwall Airport
Kirkwall Airport
Kirkwall Airport is the main airport serving the Orkney Islands in Scotland. It is located southeast of Kirkwall and is owned by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited...

 
149,508 150,343 0.6% 15,590
37 Sumburgh Airport
Sumburgh Airport
-Other tenants:*Maritime and Coastguard Agency *Bristow Helicopters*Bond Helicopters -Incidents and accidents:...

 
156,948 140,714 10.3% 12,159
38 Stornoway Airport
Stornoway Airport
-Other Tenants:* Maritime and Coastguard Agency - 2 Sikorsky S-92 helicopters operated by CHC Helicopter-Accident and incidents:...

 
131,752 123,199 6.5% 11,627
39 St. Mary's Airport  122,863 120,909 4.0% 2,126
40 Penzance Heliport
Penzance Heliport
Penzance Heliport is located northeast of Penzance, Cornwall. The heliport has scheduled flights to the Isles of Scilly, which connect to the railway network at Penzance railway station by a special bus service...

 
98,360 85,911 12.7% 5,218
TOTAL 238,986,131 221,491,568 7.3% 2,799,377

Source: UK CAA Official Statistics

2010 Data

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
% Change
2009/2010
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes
Tonne
The tonne, known as the metric ton in the US , often put pleonastically as "metric tonne" to avoid confusion with ton, is a metric system unit of mass equal to 1000 kilograms. The tonne is not an International System of Units unit, but is accepted for use with the SI...

)
1 London Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

 
65,881,660 0.3% 60,904,418 4,840,832 136,410 454,823 1,472,988
2 London Gatwick
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is located 3.1 miles north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and south of Central London. Previously known as London Gatwick,In 2010, the name changed from London Gatwick Airport to Gatwick Airport...

 
31,375,290 3.1% 27,845,885 3,496,378 33,027 240,500 104,032
3 London Stansted
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

 
18,573,803 6.9% 16,838,683 1,723,337 11,783 155,140 202,238
4 Manchester  17,759,015 5.2% 15,424,948 2,237,593 96,474 159,114 115,922
5 London Luton
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

 
8,738,717 4.2% 7,796,057 937,785 4,875 94,575 28,743
6 Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements...

 
8,596,715 5.0% 4,162,932 4,431,517 2,266 108,997 20,357
7 Birmingham  8,572,398 5.8% 7,433,278 1,130,227 8,893 95,454 21,605
8 Glasgow International
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is an international airport in Scotland, located west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire...

 
6,548,865 9.4% 3,078,725 3,443,040 27,100 77,755 2,914
9 Bristol
Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport , located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England and the surrounding area. At first it was named Bristol Lulsgate Airport and from March 1997 to March 2010 it was known as Bristol International Airport...

 
5,747,604 1.9% 4,644,034 1,079,148 24,422 69,134 0
10 Liverpool
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport serving the city of Liverpool and the North West of England. Formerly known as Speke Airport, RAF Speke, and Liverpool Airport the airport is located within the City of Liverpool adjacent to the estuary of the River Mersey some southeast...

 
5,013,940 2.7% 4,203,065 804,879 5,996 68,164 265
11 Newcastle
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is located in Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, north-west of the city centre. In 2010 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom....

 
4,356,130 5.1% 3,096,221 1,249,731 10,178 66,677 3,650
12 East Midlands  4,113,501 11.7% 3,532,444 578,085 2,972 69,452 273,630
13 Belfast International
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with...

 
4,016,170 11.7% 1,621,268 2,389,704 5,198 60,742 29,716
14 London City
London City Airport
London City Airport is a single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It was developed by the engineering...

 
2,780,582 0.6% 2,224,394 556,188 0 68,640 0
15 Aberdeen
Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport is an international airport, located at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, approximately northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% compared with 2009, making it the 15th busiest airport in the UK...

 
2,763,708 7.4% 1,159,942 1,603,549 217 102,396 4,211
16 Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

 
2,755,110 7.0% 2,323,110 400,723 31,277 52,284 235
17 Belfast City
George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility...

 
2,740,341 4.5% 62,850 2,677,455 36 40,324 155
18 Southampton
Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK, located north north-east of Southampton, in the Borough of Eastleigh within Hampshire, England....

 
1,733,690 3.1% 668,850 1,064,703 137 45,350 116
19 Glasgow Prestwick  1,662,744 8.5% 1,314,420 345,526 2,798 33,087 12,163
20 Jersey
Jersey Airport
-Busiest routes:Some airlines offer services between Jersey and other destinations with an intermediate stop at Guernsey. There are also periodic charter flights to European holiday destinations, Madeira and ski destinations operated by airlines such as Aurigny Air Services, Europe Airpost, Palmair...

 
1,463,221 1.9% 72,502 1,356,296 34,423 61,739 3,027


Source: UK CAA Official Statistics

2009 Data

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
% Change
2008/2009
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes
Tonne
The tonne, known as the metric ton in the US , often put pleonastically as "metric tonne" to avoid confusion with ton, is a metric system unit of mass equal to 1000 kilograms. The tonne is not an International System of Units unit, but is accepted for use with the SI...

)
1 London Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

 
66,036,957 1.5% 60,652,036 5,254,605 130,316 466,393 1,277,650
2 London Gatwick
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is located 3.1 miles north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and south of Central London. Previously known as London Gatwick,In 2010, the name changed from London Gatwick Airport to Gatwick Airport...

 
32,392,520 5.3% 28,698,660 3,662,113 31,747 251,879 74,680
3 London Stansted
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

 
19,957,077 10.7% 18,054,748 1,894,941 7,388 167,817 182,810
4 Manchester  18,724,889 11.8% 16,063,891 2,566,503 94,495 172,515 102,543
5 London Luton
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

 
9,120,546 10.4% 7,937,319 1,178,008 5,219 98,736 28,643
6 Birmingham  9,102,899 5.4% 7,773,643 1,319,558 9,698 101,221 13,070
7 Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements...

 
9,049,355 0.5% 4,136,677 4,906,775 5,903 115,969 23,791
8 Glasgow International
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is an international airport in Scotland, located west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire...

 
7,225,021 11.7% 3,423,174 3,790,223 11,624 85,281 2,334
9 Bristol
Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport , located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England and the surrounding area. At first it was named Bristol Lulsgate Airport and from March 1997 to March 2010 it was known as Bristol International Airport...

 
5,642,921 10.0% 4,506,808 1,108,392 27,721 70,245 0
10 Liverpool
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport serving the city of Liverpool and the North West of England. Formerly known as Speke Airport, RAF Speke, and Liverpool Airport the airport is located within the City of Liverpool adjacent to the estuary of the River Mersey some southeast...

 
4,884,494 8.4% 4,078,795 800,673 5,026 79,298 264
11 East Midlands  4,658,151 17.1% 4,019,364 633,327 5,460 83,256 255,121
12 Newcastle
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is located in Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, north-west of the city centre. In 2010 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom....

 
4,587,883 9.0% 3,158,477 1,410,142 19,264 69,254 2,597
13 Belfast International
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with...

 
4,546,475 13.6% 1,667,738 2,868,760 9,977 68,813 29,804
14 Aberdeen
Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport is an international airport, located at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, approximately northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% compared with 2009, making it the 15th busiest airport in the UK...

 
2,984,445 9.3% 1,286,843 1,696,950 652 109,876 3,822
15 London City
London City Airport
London City Airport is a single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It was developed by the engineering...

 
2,796,890 14.2% 2,204,731 592,159 0 76,861 0
16 Belfast City
George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility...

 
2,621,763 2.0% 55,251 2,566,482 30 39,330 138
17 Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

 
2,574,426 10.4% 2,098,479 454,118 21,829 53,817 359
18 Glasgow Prestwick  1,817,727 24.8% 1,358,000 459,286 441 34,230 13,385
19 Southampton
Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK, located north north-east of Southampton, in the Borough of Eastleigh within Hampshire, England....

 
1,789,901 8.0% 682,427 1,107,016 458 45,502 209
20 Cardiff  1,631,236 18.2% 1,249,530 375,200 6,506 27,003 178


Source: UK CAA Official Statistics

2008 Data

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
% Change
2007/2008
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes
Tonne
The tonne, known as the metric ton in the US , often put pleonastically as "metric tonne" to avoid confusion with ton, is a metric system unit of mass equal to 1000 kilograms. The tonne is not an International System of Units unit, but is accepted for use with the SI...

)
1 London Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

 
67,054,745 1.5% 61,344,438 5,562,516 147,791 478,693 1,397,054
2 London Gatwick
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is located 3.1 miles north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and south of Central London. Previously known as London Gatwick,In 2010, the name changed from London Gatwick Airport to Gatwick Airport...

 
34,205,887 2.9% 30,431,051 3,730,963 43,873 263,653 107,702
3 London Stansted
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

 
22,360,364 6.0% 19,996,947 2,343,428 19,989 193,282 197,738
4 Manchester  21,219,195 4.0% 18,119,230 2,943,719 156,246 204,610 141,781
5 London Luton
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

 
10,180,734 2.6% 8,853,224 1,320,678 6,832 117,859 40,518
6 Birmingham Airport  9,627,589 4.3% 8,105,162 1,471,538 50,889 112,227 12,192
7 Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements...

 
9,006,702 0.5% 3,711,140 5,281,038 14,524 125,550 12,418
8 Glasgow International
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is an international airport in Scotland, located west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire...

 
8,178,891 7.0% 3,943,139 4,192,121 43,631 100,087 3,546
9 Bristol
Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport , located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England and the surrounding area. At first it was named Bristol Lulsgate Airport and from March 1997 to March 2010 it was known as Bristol International Airport...

 
6,267,114 5.7% 5,057,051 1,171,605 38,458 76,517 3
10 East Midlands  5,620,673 3.8% 4,870,184 746,094 4,395 93,038 261,507
11 Liverpool
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport serving the city of Liverpool and the North West of England. Formerly known as Speke Airport, RAF Speke, and Liverpool Airport the airport is located within the City of Liverpool adjacent to the estuary of the River Mersey some southeast...

 
5,334,152 2.5% 4,514,926 814,900 4,326 84,890 3,740
12 Belfast International
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with...

 
5,262,354 0.2% 2,122,844 3,099,995 39,515 77,943 36,115
13 Newcastle
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is located in Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, north-west of the city centre. In 2010 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom....

 
5,039,993 10.8% 3,506,681 1,509,959 23,353 72,904 1,938
14 Aberdeen
Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport is an international airport, located at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, approximately northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% compared with 2009, making it the 15th busiest airport in the UK...

 
3,290,920 3.6% 1,470,099 1,820,137 684 119,831 4,006
15 London City
London City Airport
London City Airport is a single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It was developed by the engineering...

 
3,260,236 12.0% 2,600,731 659,494 11 94,516 0
16 Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

 
2,873,321 0.3% 2,282,358 578,089 12,874 61,699 334
17 Belfast City
George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility...

 
2,570,742 17.5% 70,516 2,500,225 1 42,990 168
18 Glasgow Prestwick  2,415,755 0.3% 1,728,020 685,999 1,736 42,708 22,966
19 Cardiff  1,994,892 5.5% 1,565,991 412,728 16,173 37,123 1,334
20 Southampton
Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK, located north north-east of Southampton, in the Borough of Eastleigh within Hampshire, England....

 
1,945,993 1.0% 768,487 1,177,280 226 50,689 264


Source: UK CAA Official Statistics

2007 Data

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
% Change
2006/2007
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes)
1 London Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

 
68,066,028 0.8% 62,098,911 5,753,476 213,641 481,476 1,310,987
2 London Gatwick
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is located 3.1 miles north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and south of Central London. Previously known as London Gatwick,In 2010, the name changed from London Gatwick Airport to Gatwick Airport...

 
35,216,113 3.1% 31,142,002 4,023,402 50,709 266,550 171,078
3 London Stansted
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

 
23,779,697 0.4% 21,204,946 2,554,304 20,447 208,462 203,747
4 Manchester  22,112,625 1.5% 18,662,468 3,229,255 220,902 222,703 165,366
5 London Luton
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

 
9,927,321 5.3% 8,427,894 1,491,467 7,960 120,238 38,095
6 Birmingham Airport  9,226,340 0.9% 7,592,240 1,541,815 92,285 114,679 13,585
7 Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements...

 
9,047,558 5.1% 3,417,891 5,619,309 10,358 128,172 19,292
8 Glasgow International
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is an international airport in Scotland, located west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire...

 
8,795,727 0.6% 4,131,512 4,594,575 69,640 108,305 4,276
9 Bristol
Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport , located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England and the surrounding area. At first it was named Bristol Lulsgate Airport and from March 1997 to March 2010 it was known as Bristol International Airport...

 
5,926,774 2.9% 4,608,290 1,275,566 42,918 76,428 20
10 Newcastle
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is located in Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, north-west of the city centre. In 2010 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom....

 
5,650,716 4.0% 3,948,594 1,675,013 27,109 79,200 785
11 Liverpool  5,468,510 10.2% 4,636,149 827,085 5,276 86,668 3,709
12 East Midlands  5,413,360 14.5% 4,709,855 696,649 6,856 93,989 274,753
13 Belfast International
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with...

 
5,272,664 4.6% 1,788,807 3,447,248 36,609 77,395 38,429
14 Aberdeen
Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport is an international airport, located at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, approximately northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% compared with 2009, making it the 15th busiest airport in the UK...

 
3,412,257 7.8% 1,475,988 1,935,152 1,117 121,927 3,434
15 London City
London City Airport
London City Airport is a single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It was developed by the engineering...

 
2,912,123 23.5% 2,214,884 697,239 0 91,177 0
16 Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

 
2,881,539 3.2% 2,229,283 630,575 21,681 65,249 109
17 Glasgow Prestwick  2,422,332 1.0% 1,827,592 593,117 1,623 47,910 31,517
18 Belfast City
George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility...

 
2,186,993 3.9% 93,547 2,093,320 126 43,022 1,057
19 Cardiff  2,111,148 4.3% 1,665,247 428,260 17,641 43,963 2,391
20 Southampton
Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK, located north north-east of Southampton, in the Borough of Eastleigh within Hampshire, England....

 
1,965,686 2.8% 767,416 1,198,006 264 54,183 297


Source: UK CAA Official Statistics

2006 Data

Rank Airport Total
Passengers
% Change
2005/2006
International
Passengers
Domestic
Passengers
Transit
Passengers
Aircraft
Movements
Freight
(Metric Tonnes)
1 London Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

 
67,527,923 0.6% 61,345,841 5,993,386 188,696 477,048 1,263,128
2 London Gatwick
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport is located 3.1 miles north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and south of Central London. Previously known as London Gatwick,In 2010, the name changed from London Gatwick Airport to Gatwick Airport...

 
34,163,579 4.2% 30,018,783 4,061,562 83,234 263,363 211,857
3 London Stansted
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

 
23,687,013 7.7% 21,002,260 2,678,092 6,661 206,693 224,312
4 Manchester  22,442,855 0.2% 18,601,604 3,522,158 319,093 229,729 148,957
5 London Luton
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

 
9,425,908 3.0% 7,875,084 1,539,745 11,079 116,131 17,993
6 Birmingham Airport  9,147,384 2.5% 7,532,792 1,523,212 91,380 119,490 14,681
7 Glasgow International
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport is an international airport in Scotland, located west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire...

 
8,848,755 0.6% 4,245,338 4,575,124 28,293 110,034 6,289
8 Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements...

 
8,611,345 1.8% 2,743,220 5,863,431 4,694 126,914 36,389
9 Bristol
Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport , located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol, England and the surrounding area. At first it was named Bristol Lulsgate Airport and from March 1997 to March 2010 it was known as Bristol International Airport...

 
5,757,963 9.6% 4,297,696 1,412,526 47,741 84,583 32
10 Newcastle
Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is located in Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, north-west of the city centre. In 2010 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom....

 
5,431,976 4.4% 3,624,228 1,783,134 24,614 81,655 306
11 Belfast International
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with...

 
5,038,692 4.4% 1,533,065 3,482,199 23,428 77,652 38,417
12 Liverpool  4,963,776 12.5% 4,078,245 884,215 1,316 91,263 5,724
13 East Midlands  4,727,996 13.0% 4,048,071 672,748 7,177 88,592 272,303
14 Aberdeen
Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen Airport is an international airport, located at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, approximately northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% compared with 2009, making it the 15th busiest airport in the UK...

 
3,164,042 10.9% 1,325,989 1,836,635 1,418 116,971 4,022
15 Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford International Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

 
2,792,686 7.0% 2,154,982 632,235 5,469 66,921 101
16 Glasgow Prestwick  2,397,412 0.4% 1,824,523 570,405 2,484 48,189 28,537
17 London City
London City Airport
London City Airport is a single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. It was developed by the engineering...

 
2,358,184 18.1% 1,738,346 619,813 25 79,436 0
18 Belfast City
George Best Belfast City Airport
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility...

 
2,105,769 5.9% 51,948 2,053,649 172 39,411 827
19 Cardiff  2,024,428 13.8% 1,628,245 364,852 31,331 42,055 2,212
20 Southampton
Southampton Airport
Southampton Airport is the 20th largest airport in the UK, located north north-east of Southampton, in the Borough of Eastleigh within Hampshire, England....

 
1,912,979 4.2% 619,219 1,293,483 277 55,786 195


Source: UK CAA Official Statistics

Future airport expansion

  • London Heathrow
    London Heathrow Airport
    London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow , in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe...

     - Terminal 5 opened on 27 March 2008, increasing the total passenger numbers potentially to over 90 million, possibly making Heathrow the world's busiest airport. However, serious delays and glitches remain. Plans for a third runway could increase aircraft movement dramatically and see over 115 million passengers using Heathrow annually. See also Future expansion and Expansion of London Heathrow Airport
    Expansion of London Heathrow Airport
    The expansion of London Heathrow Airport involved the proposal by BAA Limited to build a third runway and a sixth terminal at Heathrow. The plan was supported by businesses, the aviation industry, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress and...

  • London Stansted
    London Stansted Airport
    -Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

     - Plans to increase Stansted's usage are also underway. See Proposed expansion
  • London Southend
    London Southend Airport
    London Southend Airport or Southend Airport is a regional airport in the district of Rochford within Essex, England.During the 1960s, Southend was the third-busiest airport in the United Kingdom. It remained London's third-busiest airport in terms of passengers handled until the end of the 1970s,...

     - Since it's purchase by the Stobart Group in 2008, London Southend Airport has embarked on a massive programme of development including a 300m runway extension, new terminal, railway station and hotel. EasyJet is commencing services from the airport in April 2012 with the anticipation that 700,000 passengers will be carried by easyJet alone in 2012.
  • Manchester - Expansion of services and facilities at Manchester Airport estimates a usage by 50 million passengers in 2030, which is more than twice as many as the airport handles now.
  • London Luton
    London Luton Airport
    London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

     - Luton's usage has increased by around 900% between 1991 and 2006, however plans for another runway and new terminal were scrapped due to financial reasons. See Development plans and the future
  • Birmingham - Birmingham Airport also has plans to expand, with a new terminal due for completion in 2012. See Birmingham Airport Future
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport
    Leeds Bradford International Airport
    Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, northwest of Leeds city centre itself...

    - In November 2008, Bridgepoint Capital
    Bridgepoint Capital
    Bridgepoint is a UK-based private equity investor in companies valued up to €1 billion, including Pets at Home and Pret A Manger in the UK, Dorna in Spain, and Alain Afflelou in France.-History:...

     announced a £28 million expansion of the current terminal building at Leeds Bradford International Airport, enabling the airport to handle in excess of 6 million passengers a year. The airport also intends to increase parking, the number of aircraft stands and build a railway link, towards Horsforth
    Horsforth
    Horsforth is a town and civil parish within the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, in West Yorkshire, England, lying to the north west of Leeds. It has a population of 18,928....

     enabling a link with Leeds railway station.
  • Bournemouth Airport
    Bournemouth Airport
    Bournemouth Airport is an airport located north-northeast of Bournemouth, in southern England...

     - A £45 million redevelopment by Manchester Airports group was announced in 2006 and began in 2008. The terminal building is to double in size, replace the arrivals terminal, increase the number of stands/gates from 4 to 13 and to add more car parking spaces. Improvements to the local infrastructure, as well as the possibility of the construction of a new hotel are also included in the redevelopment phases.
  • Other - Numerous UK airports are expanding to accommodate the new Airbus A380, and even the smaller airports such as Blackpool International are becoming larger and more popular due to demand.

See also

  • World's busiest airports by traffic movements
    World's busiest airports by traffic movements
    The thirty world's busiest airports by aircraft movements are measured by total movements . One total movement is a landing or take off of an aircraft.- 2010 final statistics :-2009 final statistics:...

  • World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
    World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
    The world's busiest airports by passenger traffic are measured by number of total passengers . One passenger is described as someone who arrives in, departs from, or transfers through the airport on a given day...

  • World's busiest airports by international passenger traffic
    World's busiest airports by international passenger traffic
    The following is a list of the world's busiest airports by international passenger traffic.London Heathrow has been the busiest since 2000-2010 year-to-date statistics:Airports Council International's year-to-date figures are as follows....

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