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Manchester Airport Guide

Manchester Airport

The airport is 17 kilometers southwest of the center of Manchester. There are two runways and three terminals. Just like Schiphol, there are roll bands or rolling sidewalks at this airport. It is the third busiest airport in Great Britain, after the London airports Heathrow Airport and GatwickAirport. In 2006 Manchester Airport processed 22 million passengers. According to expectations this number will double by 2015. There are many activities planned to take care of this growth.

Local transport

Train

The airport has a combined bus and train station that is called ‘The Station’, many trains from the north of England and the Midlands come to the station. Other destinations are accessible from Manchester Piccadilly in the city center. There are plans to put in a monorail between the airport and Piccadilly, at the moment this route is still used by regular service trains.

Car and bus

The airport is along the M56 highway (exit 5) that connects to the ring road around Manchester (M60, exit 4). The routes to the various terminals are clearly indicated on the traffic signs.

Bus line 43 leaves every 10 minutes to the center of Manchester, this is an express service. There are many other bus lines that have connections between the airport and Manchester, there are also long distance buses from National Express to places including London, Blackpool and Aberdeen.

Car rental – Manchester Airport

In every terminal there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of all terminals. For destinations in Manchester and the surrounding area, meters are used. For other destinations, fixed rates are given on signs.

Airport Parking

There are garages for short-term parking at all terminals. For each stay longer than six hours you are better to park your car in the long-term parking area.

Services

Shops and restaurants

Manchester Airport has a large range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants in all terminals.

Baggage

There is a window for lost and found in each terminal.

Information

There are general information counters in all terminals, in addition in Terminals 1 and 2 you can find information counters from the Tourism Bureau.

Business

Business facilities are available in the Atlantic Suite and in the Radisson SAS Hotel. There are offices and meeting rooms to rent and also conference halls for up to a maximum of 400 people. The Ringway Suite in Terminal 2 has rooms that are particularly suitable for small symposiums, for up to 30 people. The Escape Lounge has telephone, fax, copy and internet facilities.

Disabled facilities

The airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones in all terminals. For the hearing impaired there is an induction loop. There are many employees at the airport that are trained in sign language. In the parking garages there are reserved places for the disabled.

Other services

There are money exchange offices and ATM’s in all terminals, there is a post office in Terminal 1. Medical services are available. Manchester Airport is a popular airport for airplane spotters, there is a special “Viewing Park”, there are not only taking off and landing airplanes to see, but also old planes including a Concorde from British Airways, you can see all airplanes from the inside, provided that it is previously arranged.

Contact

Address

Manchester Airport Plc
Manchester
M90 1QX
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)161 489 3000
Fax: +44(0)161 489 3813
Email: through the contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: MAN
ICAO airport code: EGCC

Websites

London Stansted Airport Guide

London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is about 50 kilometers northeast of the British capital. It is the fourth busiest airport in Great Britain after Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester Airport. It is used by many budget airline companies such as Ryanair and easyJet. The airport processes 22 million passengers per year. There are plans to expand the airport, but there is a lot of resistance from the people living in the neighborhood.

Local transport

Train

There is a train station under the terminal, the Stansted Express leaves every 15 minutes to Liverpool Street Station in London, travel time is 45 minutes, a train also goes to Cambridge and the Midlands.

Car and bus

The airport is along the highway M11, from London you take exit 8a and from Cambridge you take exit 8, you come to a roundabout where the route to the airport is clearly given. Colchester and Harwich are accessible from highway A120, Stansted Airport is also accessible from the M25, exit 27.

The bus station is between Zones C and D of the area for short-term parking. An express bus goes to various destinations in London (i.e. Stratford, Victoria Coach Station, Liverpool Street Station and Golders Green). Because of the heavy traffic in and around London the travel time can take up to an hour and a half (two hours at peak time). A bus also goes to various other destinations including Oxford and Cambridge.

Car rental – London Stansted Airport

You can rent a car from the counters in the Arrivals Hall from car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National/Alamo.

Taxi

Checkercars is the only company that may operate at Stansted Airport. Taxis to London are not cheap. There is a counter in the Arrivals Hall where you can reserve a taxi.

Airport Parking

There is an area for short-term parking, close to the terminal (Fast Track). It is especially recommended for business travelers that fly back the same day. A little further away (200 m) there is another area for short-term parking (NCP).

Services

Shops and restaurants

There is a large range of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops at Stansted Airport for both visitors and travelers.

Baggage

In the Arrivals Hall there is an office to store baggage. The office for lost and found items can be found in Zone G next to the Monsoon store.

Information

There is an information counter in the Arrivals Hall, there you can inquire about arrival and departure times and public transportation. You can also make copies and send and receive faxes. Special telephones throughout the whole terminal are directly connected with the information counter.

Business

The United Business Center is close to the terminal, there are offices and meeting rooms for 2-30 people, equipped with broadband internet, telephone and fax, secretarial support is also available.

Other business facilities can be found in the hotels at the airport. The Hilton Hotel offers larger meeting rooms for up to 300 people and the Radisson SAS Hotel has 26 rooms which can be connected together for a maximum of 400 people.

The Servisair Executive Lounge is accessible for all passengers (Economy Class passengers must pay for entrance).

Disabled facilities

The airport is completely accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms, elevators and telephones, furthermore, the airport has induction loops and text telephones. There are reserved parking places close to the terminal for the disabled.

Be advised, all trains are adapted for wheelchair users but most buses to and from Stansted Airport are not!

Other services

You can call for First Aid through special telephones (see Information). There are various ATM’s, money exchange offices and banks. Wireless internet is present throughout the terminal, there are also a few computers with internet connection. In addition there is a silence center.

Contact

Address

London Stansted Airport
Enterprise House
Bassingbourne Road
Essex
CM24 1QW
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)870 000 0303
Fax: +44(0)1279 662 066
Email: stansted_feedback@baa.com

Airport codes

IATA airport code: STN
ICAO airport code: EGSS

Websites

London Heathrow Airport Guide

London Heathrow Airport

In terms of passenger numbers, Heathrow is the largest airport in Europe. The airport lies on the edge of Greater London, 24 kilometers west of the city center. There are four terminals (1-4) Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are connected with each other, and Terminal 4 is accessible by the free Heathrow Express train.

A new terminal was opened in 2008 on the west side of the airport, but finishing this terminal is not the end of the work which will actually be done in 2015. Heathrow will then have the capacity for 90 million passengers per year.

Local transport

Train

There are train stations in the Central Hall of Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and in Terminal 4. The Heathrow Express leaves every 15 minutes to Paddington Station, travel time is 15 minutes. A cheaper alternative is the slow train Heathrow Connect, which also goes to Paddington Station, travel time is 30 minutes, but does not leave from the station in Terminal 4. Trains leave from Paddington Station to the west and southwest of England, and it is also an important station of the London metro network. In addition the airport is the end point of the Piccadilly metro line.

Car and bus

The airport lies along highways M4 and M25. For Terminals 1, 2 and 3 you take the M4 exit 4a and on the M25 exit 15. For Terminal 4 you take exit 3 and exit 14, respectively. Bear in mind that the roads around London and especially around the airport can be extremely busy.

The A2 Airbus stops at all terminals and goes to King’s Cross Station, this station is on an intersection of the metro and train lines. At night the bus line N9 goes to the center of London. Many local bus lines go to Heathrow Airport, most have their stops in the central area of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Furthermore, there are long distance buses that go to more than 500 destinations in Great Britain. The largest bus company is National Express.

Car rental – London Heathrow Airport

In all terminals there are counters for car rental companies: National/Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt.

Taxi

The famous black taxis of London are in front of all terminals. Expect that a ride to the center of London takes a minimum of one hour.

Airport Parking

There are short-term parking areas close to all terminals, a little further away there are the Business Car Parks and even further away are the areas for long-term parking, the areas are developed by NCP

Services

A shuttle bus (Hotel Hoppa) goes from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to the largest hotels in the city, another shuttle service, Hotelink goes to hotels in the center of London.

Shops and restaurants

Heathrow Airport offers what you would expect from one of the largest airports in the world, an enormous range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants in all terminals.

Baggage

There are counters in all terminals for the Excess Baggage Company, you can store baggage there. In addition there are counters in all terminals for lost and found items.

There are porters present.

Information

There are general information counters in all terminals that you can also reach directly through special telephones that are on the wall in many places in the airport. Information about public transportation is available through separate counters in Terminals 1 and 3 and outside Terminal 4. In addition there is a tourist kiosk in Terminal 3 called the Hotel and Traveler Center.

Business

There are fax machines at various places in the terminal (pay with a credit card). The business center is in the Queen’s Building between Terminals 1 and 2. There are 20 meeting rooms and a conference hall for a maximum of 60 people, which you can reserve online. In addition the center offers extensive business facilities: computers with internet connection, fax machine, copy machines and audiovisual equipment for video conferences. Many airline companies have their own lounges, in addition there are lounges from the operator of the airport, BAA. You can book these online.

Disabled facilities

Heathrow Airport is extremely accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. There is an induction loop for the hearing impaired as well as a special telephone line. Furthermore, there are reserved parking places and seating forth disabled. A wheelchair accessible shuttle bus goes between the terminals. Most buses and trains are also accessible for wheelchairs.

Other services

There are ATM’s and money exchange offices in all terminals, there is a post office in Terminals 2 and 4. There is wireless internet present and an internet cafe in Terminal 4. Furthermore, there are children’s play areas and baby changing rooms. The First Aid office is on the ground floor of the Queen’s Building. There is a pharmacy in Terminal 1 that can distribute prescription medications.

Contact

Address

London Heathrow Airport
234 Bath Road
Harlington
Middlesex
UB3 5AP
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)870 000 0123
Fax: +44(0)20 8745 4290
Email: see website

Airport codes

IATA airport code: LHR
ICAO airport code: EGLL

Websites

London Gatwick Airport Guide

London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the second largest London airport. Although there is only one runway this airport processes 33 million passengers each year. Many charter and budget airline companies use this airport. There are two terminals (North and South) that are connected by a shuttle train.

Local transport

Train

There is a train station in Terminal South. The Gatwick Express goes to Victoria Station in London, travel time is 30 minutes, the Thameslink connects the airport to King’s Cross Station, travel time is 50 minutes. Further information about the train system can be obtained through National Rail.

Car and bus

The airport is 45 kilometers south of London along the motorway M23 (exit 9). The airport is also accessible from the road between London and Brighton (A23).

Express buses leave from both terminals to London, but the main station is on the ground floor of Terminal South, most buses go from Terminal North to London. There are ticket offices in the Arrivals Hall of both terminals for bus tickets.

Car rental – London Gatwick Airport

In front of both terminals buildings, there are counters for car rental companies: National/Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar/Thrifty and Europcar.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall of both terminals. Take into account that the road to London is frequently very busy and a taxi ride to the center of the city can last 60–90 minutes.

Airport Parking

There is a place for short-term parking at both terminals with a direct, covered connection with the terminal. A free shuttle bus goes from the long-term parking area to both terminals.

Services

Shops and restaurants

There is a large range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants in both terminals. Purchased items can be delivered to your house.

Baggage

There are counters in both terminals for lost and found items, you can also store baggage there. This service is managed by Excess Baggage Company.

Information

The service counters in both terminals are staffed 24 hours, the personnel speak several languages.

Business

Business facilities are offered by two hotels at the airport: Hilton and Le Meridien (see Hotels), both have fully equipped offices and meeting rooms, and also offer secretarial support.

There are various lounges from the airline companies. Public lounges are the Servisair Lounge in Terminal South and the Aviance Alexandra Suite in Terminal North.

Disabled facilities

The terminal is extremely accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. There are induction loops available for the hearing impaired. Furthermore, there are reserved parking places for the disabled and also reserved seating in both terminals.

Other services

There are banks, money exchange offices and ATM’s in both terminals. There is a post office in Terminal South. Wireless internet is present in both terminals, and there is an internet café in Terminal South.  There are children’s play corners and baby rooms. The medical center not only has First Aid, but also offers vaccinations.

Contact

Address

London Gatwick Airport
West Sussex
RH6 0NP
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)870 000 2468
Fax: n/a
Email: gatwick_feedback@baa.com

Airport codes

IATA airport code: LGW
ICAO airport code: EGKK

Websites

London City Airport Guide

London City Airport

London City Airport is the youngest airport of all the airports around the British capital. It was opened in 1987 and is in the eastern part of the city, near the Docklands, a harbor that was transformed into a modern living and business district. The airport has grown steadily and now processes about two million passengers per year which are mainly business travelers.

Local transport

Train

There is a station from Docklands Light Railway, this is an automatic metro system that connects the airport with the Docklands (Canary Wharf) and the train and metro station Canning Town (Jubilee Line). The Westline’s end point is near the metro station, Bank, close to the City (Central Line).

Car and bus

The London City Airport is the closest to the center of the city, out of the five London airports. The airport is accessible from the center and West End via the Limehouse Tunnel, from the highway M11 you take the exit to the A406 (North Circular Road).

Since the opening of the DLR-station (see Train), the shuttle bus connections between the airport and London metro stations have been discontinued. Two local buses still go to and from the airport. Line 473 goes every 10 minutes to Stratford, Silvertown, North Woolwich and Prince Regent Station, line 474 goes to Canning Town, North Woolwich and East Beckton via Silvertown.

Car rental – London City Airport

There are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall. A ride to the center of London only takes 20-30 minutes.

Airport Parking

There are two parking areas, the short-term parking area is closest to the terminal. The long-term parking area is a little further away.

Services

Shops and restaurants

London City Airport has a good range of restaurants, bars and cafes, both before and after Customs. There are many shops including a Duty Free shop. There is a free service that takes your purchased items to your car.

Baggage

You can get information about lost and found items at the general information counter, the cost of storing baggage is £2.00 per suitcase per day.

Information

There is a general information counter at the entrance of the airport building, here you can ask for information about flight schedules, parking and public transportation.

Business

The Meridian Business Center has facilities for a maximum of 120 people, there are meeting rooms and private offices. Audiovisual equipment, secretarial support, internet and catering are available. The LCY Jet Center is specialized in the reception and accompaniment of VIPs.

Disabled facilities

The airport is excellently accessible for the disabled. There are adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. There are parking places reserved for disabled travelers close to the terminal.

Other services

There is wireless internet in the entire airport building, furthermore, there are banks, money exchange offices and ATM’s. The First Aid post is on the ground level of the terminal, you can also find a shoe shine service there.

Contact

Address

London City Airport
Royal Docks
London
E16 2PX
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)20 7646 0088
Fax: +44(0)20 7474 5747
Email: through the contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: LCY
ICAO airport code: EGLC

Websites

Liverpool John Lennon Airport Guide

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

In 2002 Liverpool Airport was named after Beatle John Lennon, 22 years after his violent death in New York. A bronze statue of Lennon stands in the Departures Hall and on the roof are the words from one of his most well known songs: “Above us, only sky” (from “Imagine”). The airport is one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. The airport did not even process a million passengers in 1998, and in 2006 there were already five million.

Local transport

Train

There is no train connection, but in 2006 a new train station opened that is not far from the airport, South Parkway. Shuttle buses go to this station from the terminal building. Buses also go from the terminal to Lime Street Station in the center of Liverpool.

Car and bus

The airport is 15 kilometers southeast of the city center and is easily accessible from the following three highways: M53 (exit 5), M56 (exit 12) and the M62 which connects to the A561 to the airport. The route to the airport is clearly indicated on the traffic signs.

The Airlink 500 bus leaves every half hour to the center of Liverpool, the bus stops at Norton Street Coach Station, for buses from National Express and at the train station Lime Street, Airlink 700 goes to Manchester, furthermore, there are various local buses that maintain connections between the airport and the center of Liverpool, line N86 goes via the train station South Parkway.

Car rental – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

On the ground floor you can find counters for car rental companies: Avis, National, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz.

Taxi

Taxis are directly in front of the exit of the terminal building, a ride to the center of Liverpool lasts around 20 minutes.

Airport Parking

Because of the growing number of passengers, there are not enough parking places at Liverpool Airport. Although 2,000 parking places have been added, the airport continues to struggle with parking problems. There are now plans to build a new parking garage. Until that point, you can best reserve your place online, then you are not only guaranteed a parking place, but you also receive a discount.

Be Advised, passengers cannot be dropped off in front of the entrance, you must use the short-term parking area.

Services

Shops and restaurants

There is a reasonable range of shops and restaurants, but the same applies here as the number of available parking places, the airport cannot keep up with the increase in the number of passengers. If your plane arrives late at the airport, most of the shops and restaurants are closed.

Baggage

Go to the service counter on the ground floor for lost and found items, you can also store baggage there.

Information

You can find a general information counter on every level. In addition there is a counter for the Tourism Bureau on the ground floor – Liverpool Tourist Board.

Business

You can find the business center ‘The Cavern Suite’ on the first level. This is a room which can be arranged in several ways with places for 30-80 people, in addition there are a few smaller offices and meeting rooms to rent.

The Halewood International Executive Lounge is accessible for everyone who pays a charge, and you receive a discount if you reserve online.

Disabled facilities

The airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. There are also parking places reserved for the disabled. Wheelchairs are available upon request, through the service counter.

Other services

There are various money exchange offices (Travelex) and ATM’s in the terminal. On the second level there are computers with internet connection and there is wireless internet in the whole terminal. Liverpool Airport has an excellent prayer room on the second level. The “Rainbow Garden” is a unique place that keeps growing, as more people plant plants. The airport has several guided tours from a standard tour to a tour for management students.

Contact

Address

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Speke Hall Avenue
Liverpool
L24 1YD
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)870 129 8484
Fax: +44(0)151 907 1620
Email: through the contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: LPL
ICAO airport code: EGGP

Websites

Leeds and Bradford Airport Guide

Leeds and Bradford Airport

Leeds and Bradford Airport is a joint venture from these two cities in West Yorkshire. In 2007 the airport was privatized. It is a fairly small airport, but the number of passengers has grown considerably in the last years, therefore, the terminal building is somewhat tight.

Local transport

Train

There is no train connection with the airport, but there are plans to realize this by making a division in the railway between Leeds and York (Harrogate Line).

Car and bus

The airport is 18 kilometers northwest of Leeds and 11 kilometers north of Bradford. From Leeds you follow the signs to Yeadon and Otley on the A660. From Bradford the airport is accessible from the A658 in the direction of Yeadon.

There are various bus lines that go from the airport to destinations in the surrounding areas. Line 737 goes to Bradford, through Shipley, Guiseley and Yeadon, line 747 leaves every half hour to Bradford through Greengates, Apperley Bridge and Yeadon. The Airlink 757 connects the airport with Leeds train station and bus station and Otley. Line 767 goes every one and a half hours to Harrogate and Knaresborough. A direct bus connection with York came in March 2007.

Car rental – Leeds and Bradford Airport

In the Arrivals Hall there are counters from car rental companies: Avis, Hertz and Europcar.

Taxi

There are three taxi companies that are allowed to transport from the airport: Streamline (tel: +44(0)113 244 3322), Telecabs (tel: +44(0)113 279 2222) and City Cabs (tel: +44(0)113 246 9999).

Airport Parking

There is a large parking area at the airport, short-term parking costs £2.00 for the first half hour and £5.50 for two hours. Long-term parking costs £46.00 for a week and £5.00 per day after that.

Services

Shops and restaurants

This small airport has a limited range of shops and restaurants. Improvement of this may come with privatization (see introduction).

Baggage

For information about storing baggage and reporting lost and found items you can contact the general service counter.

Information

The general information service counter in the Central Hall can also give you information about tourist sights, public transportation and hotels.

Business

Meeting facilities are available in the Board Room in the Arrivals Hall, there are rooms for a maximum of 150 people. The Servisair Executive Lounge is accessible for everyone who pays a charge. There are connection points for your laptop and there is also wireless internet.

Disabled facilities

The airport is very accessible for the disabled, there are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. There are places reserved in the short-term parking area for the disabled, there is also an induction loop for the hearing impaired.

Other services

There are three money exchange offices (Travelex) and many ATM’s. Baby rooms are available (information through the service counter), and there is also a children’s play corner in the Departures Hall. There is wireless internet. The general information counter also functions as the contact point for First Aid.

Contact

Address

Leeds and Bradford International Airport
Leeds
LS19 7TU
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)113 250 9696
Fax: +44(0)113 250 5426
Email: through the contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: LBA
ICAO airport code: EGNM

Websites

Glasgow Prestwick Airport Guide

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Prestwick Airport is 46 kilometers southeast of Glasgow and is only used for charter flights and budget airline companies (Ryanair, Aer Arann, Transavia and Wizzair). There are plans to expand the airport. It is the only place where Elvis Presley ever set foot on British soil (in 1960).

Local transport

Train

The train station is next to the terminal building, a train leaves every half hour (every hour on Sundays) to Glasgow Central Station, travel time is 45 minutes.

Car and bus

To get to Glasgow from the airport you follow successively the A79, A78, A77, M77 and the M8. Glasgow is clearly indicated on the traffic signs, just like the airport is coming from Glasgow.

The Stagecoach Western Express Service goes every hour to Glasgow Buchanan Street Station, and travel time is approximately 50 minutes. At 23:59 a special express bus goes to Glasgow (Buchanan Station) and Edinburgh (Waverly Bridge) and travel time is 2 hours.

Car rental – Glasgow Prestwick Airport

In the Arrivals Hall there are counters for car rental companies: Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall.

Airport Parking

The areas for short-term parking are in front of the terminal building (Car Park 1 and Car Park 2), you can park for free for ten minutes in these areas to pick up or drop off passengers. You may not park right in front of the entrance of the terminal! Long-term parking is in Car Parks 3 and 5, and there are free shuttle buses connecting with the terminal.

Services

Shops and restaurants

There are four stores: a candy store, a store with typical Scottish souvenirs, a WH Smith bookstore and a Duty Free shop, you can also find a few snack bars and cafes.

Baggage

You can store baggage with the security service at Prestwick Airport. The security service is also the place to go for lost and found items.

Information

There is an information counter on the ground floor of the Arrivals Hall.

Business

The Aviator Lounge has meeting facilities to rent for 60-200 people. You can find other business services in the Syndicate Seminar Room.

Disabled facilities

The airport is completely adapted for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. The Aviator Lounge is accessible with a chairlift. Complimentary wheelchairs are available.

Other services

You can find a bank and money exchange office in the Arrivals Hall, ATM’s are dispersed throughout the terminal building. On the first level of the terminal and in the Departures Hall there are internet cafes, wireless internet is available in the whole building. You can go to the general information counter for First Aid.

The entire airport has been no-smoking since February 2006, there is a special zone outside the terminal building where you can smoke.

Contact

Address

Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Aviation House
Prestwick
KA9 2PL
Scotland
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)129 251 1000
Fax: +44(0)129 251 1010
Email: informationdesk@glasgowprestwick.com

Airport codes

IATA airport code: PIK
ICAO airport code: EGPL

Websites

Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow International Airport

Glasgow has two international airports, Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick, which has experienced a substantial growth thanks to Ryanair. Glasgow International is 13 kilometers west of the city center and is the busiest airport in Scotland. There are two terminals that are connected together.

Local transport

Train

There is still no train connection with the airport, but work has been done on a connection with the Glasgow Central Station, that was ready in 2008. At the moment, the nearest station is in Gilmour Street in Paisley, 3 kilometers from the airport and is accessible with bus line 60, trains go to Glasgow Central from that station.

Car and bus

The airport lies along the important highway M8 (exit 29).

Bus lines 905 and 950 go to the center of Glasgow, these buses stop by train stations: Glasgow Central and Queen Street and the bus station Buchanan. Lines 901 and 906 go to Port Glasgow.

Car rental – Glasgow International Airport

In the Arrivals Hall there are counters for car rental companies: Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall. A sign with the rates is hanging at the beginning of the line.

Airport Parking

There is a parking garage directly next to the terminal.

Services

Shops and restaurants

The range of shops, snack bars and restaurants are limited. Many travelers complain about the mediocre service especially in the restaurants and bars.

Baggage

Baggage handling does not appear to be able to keep up with the growth of the airport, sometimes travelers must wait an hour or longer for their baggage to come out on the baggage band. There is a window for lost and found items close to the baggage band. You can store baggage at Glasgow Airport.

Information

There is a general information counter on the first floor, and on the ground floor there are computers where you can find information about the airport and about Glasgow and the surrounding area. There is a counter in the International Arrivals Hall for the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board, the employees not only give tourist information but can also book a hotel for you.

Business

There are several possibilities to rent offices and meeting rooms. There is a business center in the terminal, but the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce also rents out meeting rooms right next to the terminal building. There are meeting facilities for a maximum of 35 people, available in the Premier Travel Inn. The Servisair Executive Lounge has telephone and fax facilities, payment is by credit card.

Disabled facilities

The airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones including text telephones and a separate information line for the hearing impaired. Furthermore, there are parking places and seats reserved for the disabled.

Other services

There are money exchange offices and ATM’s, there is also a post office. There is a special lounge for families with children, you can book this Holiday Wing Lounge online, Moreover, there is a play corner for children, computer games in the Gamegrid Play Area, next to Burger King on the first level and a play corner for small children by Gate 50.

Contact

Address

Glasgow International Airport
Paisley
Renfrewshire
PA3 2SW
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44(0)141 887 1111
Fax: +44(0)141 848 4769
Email: customercomments_glal@baa.com

Airport codes

IATA airport code: GLA
ICAO airport code: EGPF

Websites

Edinburgh Airport Guide

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport was originally a military airport – Turnhouse Aerodrome – and the Scottish still call the airport by this name. The airport has been renovated in the past few years, including an expansion of the number of parking places and a larger Arrivals Hall. It is a fast growing airport that is expected to process 26 million passengers per year by 2030. A new futuristic looking control tower was opened in 2005.

Local transport

Train

There is still no train connection between Edinburgh and the airport. Construction of a light rail between the western districts of Edinburgh and the center was started in 2007. The line will ultimately be extended to the airport and is expected to be completed in 2009.

Car and bus

The airport is 12 kilometers west of Edinburgh along the A8 that leads to the center of the city. The clearly indicated exit to the airport is between two roundabouts (Gogar and Newbridge).

Buses frequently leave from the bus station by the Arrivals Hall to the center of Edinburgh (the central station close to Waverley Bridge). These buses also stop at Haymarket train station.

Car rental – Edinburgh Airport

In the Arrivals Hall for domestic flights there are counters for five car rental companies: Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National.

Taxi

Taxis stand next to the bus station. A ride to Edinburgh takes approximately 25 minutes outside of peak traffic times.

Airport Parking

Right in front of the terminal building there is an area for short-term parking for a maximum of 2 hours. There is also a parking garage with over 2,000 parking places. The long-term parking area is next to the Hilton Hotel. A shuttle bus goes to the terminal. In addition there is still a parking area just outside the airport.

Services

Shops and restaurants

The airport has a reasonable range of cafes, snack bars and restaurants. For people who wish to have a quiet dinner, The Seafood Bar in the Departures Hall is recommended. There is also a large shopping area that was completely renovated and expanded in 2006.

Baggage

The counter for lost and found items is between the check-in counters and the International Arrivals Hall, you can also store baggage there.

Information

There is a large information office next to the International Arrivals Hall. You can also get information about the sights and surroundings of Edinburgh because it also houses the Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board.

Business

Airline companies: bmi, British Airways and Scotways have their own lounges. The lounge of Servisair can be used by everyone who pays. The airport does not have offices or meeting rooms to rent, but the Hilton Hotel does for a maximum of 220 people.

Disabled facilities

Edinburgh Airport has excellent facilities for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones. In several places throughout the terminal there are rooms reserved for the disabled that have induction loops (for the amplification of announcements) and a lowered television screen. There are also parking places reserved for the disabled.

Other services

There are banks, money exchange offices and ATM’s. Wireless internet is present in several areas. Playgrounds for children can be found by Gates 2, 4, 9 and 11.

Contact

Address

Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh
EH12 9DN
Great Britain

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +44 (0)870 040 0007
Fax: +44 (0)131 344 3470
Email: edi_feedback@baa.com

Airport codes

IATA airport code: EDI
ICAO airport code: EGPH

Websites

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