Using a regional airport can also be less stressful than passing through the big London hubs
Every summer, thousands of families drive hundreds of miles to London to catch a holiday flight, but it turns out that could all be in vain.
New research has shown that the UK’s regional airports are giving London a run for its money when it comes to price, popularity and pick of destinations.
Analysis by Cheapflights has revealed that short-haul holiday hotspots such as Malaga can be reached from eight of the UK’s 13 key regional cities for a price difference of less than £30 versus the London fare.
It will cost passengers, on average, just £5.89 more to reach Malaga from Liverpool than from London, for example, and only £10.86 extra to depart from Leeds-Bradford versus the capital.
Midlanders in search of a bargain should consider Alicante or Tenerife as a holiday destination this summer, where flights departing from Birmingham are only £20 and £24 more than if they were to travel down to London.
On many popular long-haul routes, it can even work out cheaper to depart from a smaller, regional airport versus London.
Flights to Las Vegas, for example, are, on average, £209 cheaper from Belfast and £151 lower from Manchester than from London.
Similarly, Hong Kong is cheapest to reach from Birmingham, where average return fares, at £534, are £74 lower than London’s average return fare of £609.
Scots also get a good deal on flights to Kuala Lumpur, where average return fares are £100 lower from Edinburgh than from London.
Andrew Shelton, Managing Director of Cheapflights, comments: “Flying from a local airport will often only cost a few pounds extra, which will more than offset when you factor in the cost of travel to reach London and potentially even a pre-flight hotel stay.
“Using a regional airport, where the sheer volume of human traffic is lower, can [also] provide passengers with a far less stressful experience than that risked by holidaymakers passing through the big London hubs.”