Flights to Manchester: Internal UK flights
Flights to Manchester from which airports in the UK?
Manchester's booming international airport offers a number of links within the UK, with these routes proving popular among both business travellers and domestic tourists keen to explore the rejuvenated northern city.
At present, direct flights to Manchester from London take off from Gatwick, Heathrow and City airports, while the south of England is also connected by services from Southampton, Norwich and Newquay.
From Scotland, cheap flights to Manchester are available from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow International airports, while services also fly in from Belfast City and Belfast International.
Furthermore, low-cost air routes link Manchester and the north of England to both the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, from where flights depart from both Guernsey and Jersey.
Airlines flying to Manchester from within the UK
Currently, around half a dozen airlines offer domestic flights to and from Manchester Airport.
Low-cost carrier Flybe offers the greatest choice of services, flying from Scotland, the south of England and the Isle of Man, while competition on the Scottish routes is boosted by flights operated by BMI regional.
British Airways operates regular shuttle services between Manchester and the capital and, in recent years, has been joined on the Manchester tarmac by several budget airlines such as VLM, bmibaby and Auringey Flight Services.
Where is Manchester in the UK?
Nestled in the shadow of the Pennine hills, Manchester has emerged as one of the north of England's major tourist and business destinations over recent years.
Boasting excellent links with neighbouring Leeds and Liverpool, the city's airport is well-located and the perfect base from which visitors can explore the region.
Things to see and do in Manchester
After years of being overlooked, a decade of city centre regeneration has placed Manchester firmly on the tourism map, both in terms of foreign and domestic visitors.
Indeed, the city's buzzing nightlife and dynamic arts scene has led some travel industry experts to dub Manchester 'England's Barcelona', with live music, comedy and top-end restaurants and chic hotels a particular speciality.
Likewise, the city has emerged as one of the best shopping destinations in Europe, thanks to the big name designers and department stores setting up shop in both the city centre and the out-of-town Trafford Centre.
Highlights of a trip to Manchester also include taking in Old Trafford, home of the world-famous Manchester United Football Club, while outdoors enthusiasts are just an hour or so away from the trekking opportunities offered by the Pennines and the Lake District.