The United Kingdom is Europe's third largest market for private aviation - after France and Germany. Activity is concentrated around London, which is the top city for private jet travel in Europe. But outside the capital there are also many other airports that handle significant numbers of private flights.
A significant proportion of the UK's 90,000+ annual private jet departures take place in and around London. The capital offers a choice of 14 private jet airports, with London Luton, London Farnborough and London Biggin Hill the top three, followed by RAF Northolt, London Stansted and London City. All these airports offer excellent FBO (private jet terminal) facilities for private jet passengers and crew. Read more about London's private jet airports.
While London Heathrow and London Gatwick are the UK's busiest airports for airline flights, they are not popular with private jet customers, due to congestion on the ground and in the air. We only recommend using them if you are transferring to or from an international airline flight.
Scotland's capital is one of the UK's busiest airports for private jets, outside London. In addition to the city of Edinburgh itself, it's the gateway to the Scottish borders and central belt. Edinburgh Airport has a Signature FBO facility, with excellent facilities for customers and crew.
Glasgow is also a popular private jet destination, for visitors to the west coast and for access to some of Scotland's top golf courses, such as Troon, Turnberry and Gleneagles. Private jet customers can use Glasgow International or Glasgow Prestwick airports.
The busiest private jet airport in the North of England, Manchester Airport caters to business travellers, and residents of some of the city's affluent suburbs. Located just south west of the city, it is also well-located for other destinations in the North.
Both Bournemouth and Southampton Airports are well-placed for many private jet customers, including business travellers living in the southern counties of England, and visitors to famous tourist hotspots, such as the New Forest, Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Wight.
There are over 200 airports in total in the UK that can handle private flights. Here are some others that are popular with PrivateFly's clients: