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Changing Places Facilities at UK Airports

  • 21 Oct, 2018
  • Franki Napolitano
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Changing Places facilities at UK Airports

Accessibility of public places is of utmost importance, and airports are no exception! With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the Changing Places facilities at UK airports that are already installed and available for access. This is an ongoing list and is being updated when we can so if you know of one that’s missing below, please leave us a comment!

This piece was last updated in October 2018

What is a Changing Place?

Changing Places is a campaign on behalf of people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets. Changing Places are usually more spacious and fitted with advanced equipment, such as a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist; they provide disabled users, family members and carers a private, comfortable and hygienic space. Read More


Fee for Aberdeen Airport drop-offs

  • 30 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Drop off fees at Aberdeen Airport

It will now cost £2 to drop off passengers at Aberdeen International Airport, it has been announced.

The charge for Aberdeen Airport drop-offs and pick-ups will apply for a stay of up to 15 minutes in the airport’s forecourt. The decision has been made in an attempt to address local congestion and safety concerns.

The forecourt is managed by an ANPR system which recognises number plates, and exit barriers which will control the duration of the driver’s stay on the forecourt. Those who exceed the maximum stay time will be issued a PCN (penalty charge notice).

Motorists who will be staying for more than 15 minutes will be advised to use the Short Stay car park facility. To compare Short Stay and Long Stay parking prices at Aberdeen airport, click here.

*Information known to be correct July 2017*


Airport trains amongst the most crowded

  • 28 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Overcrowded trains

If you have ever needed to be convinced that driving yourself to the airport instead of using public transport is the right thing to do, then the recent news of overcrowded trains should do the trick.

A new Government League Table has revealed the ten worst trains for overcrowding and the bad news for airport users is that two of these ten serve two of the UK’s major airports: Heathrow and Manchester.

With punctuality rates often poor, rail fares soaring and profits for the operator on the increase, it is little wonder that passengers are angry at the situation. Some have gone so far as to claim that if animals were being forced into such cramped conditions the rail operators would be prosecuted under EU law.

The most crowded airport service (fourth overall) was the 06.33 Heathrow Express from Paddington with 806 passengers travelling in a space designed for 476, 69% over capacity.

Although London is the worst area for overcrowded trains, the service for Manchester Airport also appeared twice in the league of overcrowded trains. The 06.30 service from Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough, operated by First TransPennine Express, took fifth place, operating at 66% over capacity with 275 passengers crammed into a space designed to carry 166 passengers. In eighth place was another First TransPennine Express service: the 06.30 train from Scarborough to Manchester Airport operating at 56% over capacity. Read More


Blackpool Airport closes

  • 21 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Blackpool Airport Closed

Photo credit: calflier001

Less than two months ago the owners of Blackpool Airport, Balfour Beatty, announced that unless a buyer was found quickly the airport would close. The airport had been losing money over several years to an annual tune of £1.5 to £2 million. Sadly no buyer was found and so on Oct 15th at 5p.m. the final commercial flight took off for the Isle of Man and the airport closed officially an hour later. Flights to the rigs in the Irish Sea will still operate but there will be no more commercial flights.

It may have been the smallest airport in the UK but Blackpool had a long and rich history. It was one of the first aviation sites in the country when it opened in 1909 and was known then as Squires Field Airfield. That same year, a crowd of 200,000 were entertained by the famous French aviator Henri Farman.

Another famous name in the world of aviation history to have a link with Blackpool Airport was Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo to Australia. In 1941 she was carrying out wartime duties and set off from the airport on what was to be her final flight to RAF Kidlington. Her aircraft was found in the Thames but her body was never recovered. Tragedy struck the airport again in 2006 with the crash of a helicopter carrying Centrica workers to their oil rig.

Blackpool’s commercial flights have long been popular with all sorts of passengers. In 1936 it started operating commercial flights to the Isle of Man, branching out in the 1970s to Spain and what was then known as Yugoslavia. Read More


Southend Airport Named Fastest Growing in Europe

  • 20 Feb, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Southend Airport Terminal

Photo credit: calflier001

London Southend Airport was named the fastest growing airport in Europe in a survey of 300 airports, carried out by Airline Network News and Analysis. It revealed that the airport experienced a 57% increase in passenger numbers in year 2013, growing from 617,556 in 2012 to 969,950 in 2013.

Terminal extension

It is an exciting period for the Essex-based international airport as it opens a brand new £10m terminal extension, boasting a larger departure lounge, updated baggage reclaim section, more check-in desks, a new impressive arrivals area and 5 more plane stands.

Some of the new facilities – such as the arrivals area – have already been open to passengers in June 2013. The improvements are said to help the airport cope with the growing demand and growing passenger numbers.

Boosting passenger flights

A runway extension was also welcomed at the airport back in March 2012 with the latest Instrument Landing Systems also being added.

It was hoped that the runway extension, along with the new terminal, would help boost passenger flights and so far the results have been very impressive. Southend Airport has witnessed a 465% increase in the amount of passengers handled for their 10 busiest routes in 2014. The biggest increase saw passengers handled in flights to Geneva go up by 300%, as 61,712 used the Essex based airport to fly to and from the Italian Riviera.

Flights to and from Berlin and Amsterdam also saw a large increase. Routes to/from Berlin had a 74% increase in passengers whilst Amsterdam saw a 34% increase, making a total of 270,600 passengers.

On top of this, two ‘industry veterans’ have been brought into the airport by the owner to attract more airlines and to boost the impressive passenger flight stats even further.

Passengers flying from London Southend can choose from six on-airport and off-airport parking options; search for the best Southend Airport parking deals here.