United Kingdom Airports

This is a list of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man ranked by total passenger traffic, compiled from Civil Aviation Authority data from 2006 to 2012. For some years the figures also show total aircraft movements and cargo volume handled at each airport. For a complete list of UK airports, see List of airports in the United Kingdom and the British Crown Dependencies.

The United Kingdom, an island country, is home to many of Europe’s largest and busiest airports. London Heathrow Airport, which handles over 70 million international passengers annually, is the largest airport in the UK. London serves as the largest aviation hub in the world by passenger traffic, with five international airports, handling over 133 million passengers in 2011, more than any other city.London’s second-busiest airport, Gatwick, is the world’s busiest single-runway airport. Manchester Airport is the United Kingdom’s third-busiest airport. London Stansted and London Luton are the fourth- and fifth-busiest airports respectively.

The largest airport operator in the United Kingdom is Spanish-owned Heathrow Airport Holdings (owner of London Heathrow and Glasgow International) and the largest British-owned operator is Manchester Airports Group (owner of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands). Together with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways, they are part of the Aviation Foundation which lobby for the aviation needs of the United Kingdom.

Departure Airports City IATA Passengers 2013 Passengers 2012 Change
London Heathrow London LHR 70,037,417 69,433,230 0.9%
London Gatwick London LGW 34,235,982 33,674,264 1.7%
Manchester Manchester MAN 19,736,502 18,892,756 4.5%
London Stansted London STN 17,472,699 18,052,843 -3.2%
London Luton London LTN 9,617,697 9,513,704 1.1%
Edinburgh Edinburgh EDI 9,195,061 9,385,245 -2%
Birmingham International Birmingham BHX 8,922,539 8,616,296 3.6%
Glasgow International Glasgow GLA 7,157,859 6,880,217 4%
Bristol International Bristol BRS 5,921,530 5,780,746 2.4%
Liverpool John Lennon Liverpool LPL 4,463,257 5,251,161 -15%