Category: UK Airport Guides

Glasgow International Airport Guide

Glasgow-International-AirportGlasgow 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

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport Guide

Glasgow-Prestwick-AirportPrestwick 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

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Leeds and Bradford Airport Guide

Leeds-and-Bradford-AirportLeeds 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

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport Guide

Liverpool-John-Lennon-AirportIn 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

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London City Airport Guide

London-City-AirportLondon 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

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