Find out what airports scored highest and lowest by Which? members...
Which? Travel recently carried out a survey rating UK airports. The survey asked 8,012 members to rate their satisfaction with how likely they were to recommend a UK airport they had used in the previous 12 months. Surprisingly, the results showed that it was among a group of smaller airports (with fewer than four million passengers a year) who topped the table.
Best Small Airports
Of all the UK airports, Which? members rated Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield the highest, gaining the highest customer score of 80% in the survey. Blackpool was the second placed airport on 77%, followed by Humberside on 76%, and London City and Southampton on 75%. Norwich and Exeter also got higher scores than any of the large airports.
Best Large Airports
In the large airport category, Newcastle and Birmingham Terminal 1 were the highest scoring, both getting 64%. They were followed by Edinburgh and Heathrow Terminal 5 on 60%, with Birmingham Terminal 2 on 59% and East Midlands on 58%. Apart from Heathrow Terminal 5, all the London airports came at the bottom of the table. Heathrow Terminal 3 was last with a customer score of 40%.
Lorna Cowan, editor of Which? Travel, said: "People are unlikely to drive miles out of their way to a better airport, but knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen airport can help you better prepare for your journey."
Flying over Christmas...
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) has revealed that a total of 4.25 million Britons are due to travel overseas over the festive period, between December 16th and January 3rd, compared with just under four million in 2010/11.
This year, around 1.7 million festive travellers will be leaving from Heathrow airport, 425,000 from Stansted, 750,000 from Gatwick and 210,000 from Luton. Also, 340,000 will be departing from Manchester airport, 165,000 from Birmingham and 120,000 from Glasgow.
Heathrow's most popular destinations this Christmas are New York, Dubai, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris. Popular destinations for Britons travelling abroad include the Canary Islands, Cuba and Mexico, while top city break destinations include Paris, Rome, Dublin, New York and Reykjavik in Iceland.
Did you know... Passengers using Heathrow during this festive period are expected to take 6,000 tonnes of luggage each day, which is equivalent to the weight of 20 jumbo jets!
Which airports have you flown from in the UK and how would you rate them?