Airports in Europe

Aberdeen International

Aberdeen Airport opened in 1934, a link between the northern islands of Scotland and London. During the Second World War it was a military base, and, with the discovery of oil in the North Sea in the late 1960s became host to workers in the oil and gas industry.

Today, it is the world’s biggest heliport. The Main Terminal was opened in 1977 and the airport has four runways (one fixed wing, three helicopter) to accommodate its 3 million annual passengers. The Main Terminal building has two floors, Check-In on the ground, and Departure Lounges on the first floor.  Arrivals is to the right of the concourse, with baggage claim located next to Arrivals.

There are about 20 airlines offering flights from Aberdeen including BA, easyJet, Flybe and KLM. The airport is operated by the British Airports Authority, and is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

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Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavem

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is located 4.3 miles (7km) north of Portugal’s capital and is a pleasant introduction to this historic city.

With daily flights to Lisbon Portela Airport from all over the world, it is one of the largest airports in Southern Europe and acts as the main gateway to Portugal’s many attractions. Recent improvements include a second terminal, additional lighting and baggage claim refurbishment.

Lisbon Portela offers a number of shopping and dining options in its original terminal, although there's less choice in the new terminal. At about ten minutes on foot, getting from gates to baggage claims and immigration can be a tiring affair. Check-in desks are sometimes disorganized, often resulting in long queues and frustrated passengers.

Overall, the airport is clean and modern, and with plans to develop the airport over the next few years, it can only get better.  

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Alicante

Situated on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante International (ALC) is an ideal gateway to Spain’s pristine coast. The country’s sixth-busiest airport underwent major renovations in March 2011, including the construction of a new terminal large enough to handle 20 million travelers annually.

The sun-drenched airport offers plenty to do for passengers waiting to board. Between retail shopping and Internet surfing in the VIP lounge, grab a bite at the delightful tapas bar or pose with friends and family in newly installed photo booths.

Flights to Alicante Airport arrive daily from Madrid, Barcelona and other hubs, primarily across Europe. Approximately 10 million passengers access the gateway to the Costa Blanca each year. The unparalleled beach resorts attract both low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, easyJet and Air Berlin, as well as full-service airlines such as Iberia.

Alicante’s modern architecture and spacious layout create an aesthetic as refreshing as the vacation you’re bound to have in Spain.

 

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Arlanda

Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), commonly referred to as Arlanda, is Sweden’s largest international airport and the third largest in the Nordic countries. It is situated 23 miles (37 km) north of the city of Stockholm, near the town of Marsta. In 2010, it served 17 million passengers.

Arlanda Airport has four terminals. International flights are served by Terminals 2 and 5, while domestic flights are served by terminals 3 and 4. A central building, SkyCity, connects Terminals 4 and 5 and houses a business center and a number of shops and restaurants. Each terminal also has its own selection of retail outlets and eateries.

In general, Arlanda Stockholm Airport is highly efficient and has all the facilities you’d expect from a world-class, high-volume airport. Staff are helpful and proficient in English, signage is clear and user-friendly, and transport to and from the city is plentiful. There simply couldn’t be a better place to begin or end your Nordic vacation. 

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Barcelona International

Barcelona International Airport (BCN) is generally known as El Prat Airport. It is located 8 miles (12km) outside of Barcelona and is the second-largest airport in Spain. Its close proximity to Barcelona makes El Prat a great airport from where to start a Spanish break.

The airport caters for tourists and locals alike with a great selection of shops and duty free items. The El Prat Airport receives most of its flights from other European airports and a couple from airports in North Africa. The terminal is easy to navigate and staff at the airport are always willing to help.

El Prat is popular with low-cost airlines and it is a hub for Ryanair, Spanair and Vueling. Iberia and Air Europa have regular flights to and from El Prat Airport and it is easy to find domestic, European and charter flights to Barcelona El Prat Airport. Several major carriers choose to use El Prat (British Airways, American Airlines, Air Canada) and most flights to the Canary Islands, Granada and the Balearic Islands either stop-over or originate from Barcelona Airport.

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Belfast City

George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is a mere 3 miles (5km) from central Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest city (second only to Dublin in size). The airport was renamed in 2006 in honor of George Best, the legendary footballer from Belfast, who played for Manchester United.

Flights to George Best Belfast City Airport arrive from the UK and major cities in France and Spain. Annually, the airport sees more than 3 million passengers.

Despite the small size of the airport (a single runway) the airport is well-kept and efficient and staff are friendly. However, the parking here is notoriously expensive so use the public transport options if possible.

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Belfast International

Belfast International Airport is situated just 13 miles (21km) northwest of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital. It’s Ireland’s second-busiest airport, after Dublin. The airport is the gateway to Northern Ireland and Belfast, a city steeped in a rich and once troubled history.

Belfast International Airport was originally named the Aldergrove Airport after a nearby village. In 1983, it became Belfast International Airport. With the passing of the Troubles, Belfast – and Northern Ireland – has been working hard to establish itself as a tourist destination.

One way of making its mark for tourists is by housing popular low-cost carriers such as Thomson Airways, Jet2.com, easyJet, Thomas Cook Airlines and Aer Lingus. Belfast is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend break and cheap flights to Belfast International Airport can be booked on most European carriers, but particularly on the low-cost airlines.

The Guardian/Observer Travel Awards placed Belfast in the top five best cities for a break. Belfast Airport is the ideal gateway to a relaxing and rewarding holiday in Northern Ireland.

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Birmingham

Birmingham Airport, which was known as Birmingham International Airport until November 2010, is nestled in England’s West Midlands. This well serviced and easy to navigate airport is just six miles (10km) from central Birmingham and is an increasingly popular departure point for cheap flights in or out of Britain.

Although Birmingham is one of the largest cities in Britain, the airport itself avoids the hustle and bustle of many larger airports and instead offers passengers a decent range of shopping and dining options without being too overwhelming. Birmingham Airport has recently merged its two terminals into a single terminal building in order to streamline passenger movements and prepare for a planned increase in traffic.

Birmingham Airport is a hub for low-cost airlines such as bmi, Flybe, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Passengers can use Birmingham to fly to many destinations in Europe and there are often cheap flights to Birmingham International Airport from the Middle East, North America, the Caribbean and India as well.

Birmingham Airport is well connected to various transport facilities running to a number of cities across the United Kingdom. It’s a popular airport for low-cost carriers and the facilities available at the airport are great for all types of travelers ranging from shopaholics to businessmen or parents traveling with their kids.

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Blagnac

Toulouse Blagnac International Airport (TLS) is the gateway to the French Pyrenees. This sleek and modern airport is just four miles (7km) from central Toulouse and serves close to 7 million passengers each year.

A number of popular European airlines offer flights to Toulouse Blagnac International Airport. There are many seasonal flights on offer for skiers and snowboarders. Flights from outside Europe can be booked from Algiers, Montreal, Casablanca and Marrakech.

With mostly friendly staff, great accessibility, a range of airlines offering flights to Toulouse and a decent selection of shops and restaurants, Toulouse International Airport is the perfect start to a vacation.

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