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Sky high: Holidays from London Heathrow twice the cost of rival airports

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

John Lennon Liverpool airport is the cheapest UK hub to fly from for a package holiday, with London Heathrow the most expensive, a travel agent reveals.

Holidaymakers spend an average of £554 per person on package trips (flight and hotel) from the Merseyside airport in the summer and £419 in the winter, compared to a staggering average of £1,044 from London Heathrow.

Leeds, Teesside, Glasgow Prestwick and East Midlands completed the top five budget-friendly airports to fly from for a packaged holiday. London Luton airport is the cheapest place in the south of the UK to depart from, costing an average of £552 per holidaymaker, loveholidays revealed.

The table below gives a price breakdown of the top 10 budget-friendly airports:

At the other end of the scale, beside Heathrow, these following airports were ranked the most expensive to fly from:

  • Belfast – £880
  • London City – £779
  • Norwich – £764
  • Inverness – £749.

The study comes after the best and worst airports in the country were revealed in a separate customer satisfaction study.

Liverpool John Lennon airport topped the chart, scoring 82% overall in the survey of 4,000 flyers by consumer champion Which?.

Regional airports can help you keep within budget

Linzi Barber, director of aviation at loveholidays, said: “It’s clear the airport you choose to depart from can significantly impact the cost of your holiday.

“Making savings where we can is important for many of us right now and exploring alternative airports can often land Brits a better deal for the small price of a slightly longer journey time.

“Opting for regional airports can help to cut costs, as can being open to departing from and returning to different airports.”