Best Flights Southwest England

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The best flights to southwest England, the region of Wessex and those beautiful counties of Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Somerset, can be made to and from several international airports in the vicinity.

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Windsor Castle from the air approaching Heathrow airport

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Southampton in Hampshire, Bournemouth in Dorset, Bristol sort of geographically in Somerset and Exeter in Devon, are within Wessex itself.

The two nearest and useful airports in the London area are Heathrow and Gatwick

So easy to make holiday plans for the area. Start and finish in London perhaps using Heathrow or Gatwick. Or make a round trip within Wessex using one of the local airports! All are in interesting places to start with. Access by road, rail or coach to wherever you want to explore is simple. Hire a car or a bike, hike, Wessex has it all.

Wander around the pages of this site to discover intriguing spots, beautiful scenery and places that seem as old as time.

The suggested airports are listed below with a link to their page on this site detailing their facilities and access.

Airlines servicing each airport are listed. To make life easy some have booking links to the airlines themselves.

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You may have a favourite airline or a favourite destination airport.

Here are all the airports in or near Wessex with the airlines that fly in and out.

Heathrow International Airport

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An American plane coming in to land at Heathrow

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Heathrow is the major airport in the country and consequently all major airlines arrive and depart from there. So many best flights southwest England can be made to this airport. Access is quite good and there are plenty of hotels close by.

Lufthansa Operates a world wide service. One of the top airlines. Non stop to and from many European destinations.

Etihad Airways National airline of United Arab Emirates. Daily flights from Abu Dhabi.

Brussels Airlines operates to and from Europe, Africa and America. Base is of course Brussels. Good stop over spot!

Aer Lingus The Irish airline, operates out of Dublin. It has a fleet of Airbus aircraft flying to and from Europe, North America and North Africa.

Swiss Airlines has three routes from Heathrow operating flights to and from Tel Aviv, Nairobi and Istanbul. They are now flying to Geneva. Swiss International Air Lines made No.1 in the Which? Airline Satisfaction Survey, 2010!

British Airways operate a global network to and from Heathrow making them an exceptionally useful airline. For those using long haul routes, do not like economy much and find Business Class a tad expensive, try their World Traveller Plus Class. Not a lot more expensive than economy and more room! (Tried it - quite comfy!)

KLM Royal Dutch Airline has world wide routes. Base is lovely Amsterdam where the tulips grow. Remember too - Amsterdam is the start or finish of those wonderful cruises through the rivers of Europe!!!!

Finnair operates the youngest fleet in Europe. Flying from Scandinavia? Finnair's base is in Helsinki from where it flies to and from Europe, America and Asia.

Virgin Atlantic One of the popular airlines. They fly one of the youngest airfleets of Boeing and Airbus.

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Gatwick International Airport

Gatwick is a major airport near London servicing Europe and the world. On the train line for London and Wessex! Click on the heading to this section for details of the airport facilities and access.

British Airways worldwide flights to and from Gatwick making it a useful access point by road, rail and coach for Wessex.

Aer Lingus operates to many destinations in Europe and North America.

Aer Lingus plane flying into Gatwick
Aer Lingus plane flying into Gatwick
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Southampton International Airport

The port city in the south of Hampshire and so right in Wessex. Best flights south west England indeed! Click on the heading to this section for details of the airport's facilities and access.

Air France To and from Paris

Eastern Airways
Aer Arann
Blue Islands
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Bournemouth International Airport

Bournemouth is on the lovely south coast of Dorset, sun, sand and sea and oh - so much more! Centre of the Wessex coast. Click on the heading to this section to see the details of this up and coming airport.

Holiday Packages

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Bristol International Aiport

Very important airport these days. Geographically right in Wessex and close the the famous port city of Bristol. The airport is a great choice as a starting point for a visit. Click on the heading of this section to find the details and access to this airport. Certainly an airport of choice for best flights southwest England!

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Control Tower, Bristol Airport

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Air France Ireland One of Europe's leading airlines.

Brussels Airlines services Bristol from many areas of the world.

KLM home base is tulip land. Operates a world class, world wide airline. From a large number of places direct to Wessex.

Continental Airlines
Eastern Airways

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Exeter International Airport

Exeter is known as the airport of choice for southwest England. Click on the heading to this section and you will see why! The airport is right in Devon.

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Another page that may be of interest

Getting to and around Wessex

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This could be you!
Aircraft taking off into the wide blue yonder
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Useful Information

for before you go

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Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Car Rentals. Always handy - a car when and where you need it!!!!!

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Travel by Coach

National Express are Britain's major coachline. Services available to and from airports and throughout the country.

There are a lot of fares on special

One of the quickest and easiest method of getting away from Heathrow Airport is to use National Express Follow the signs in the airport.

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Travel by train

National Rail is another alternative. Consult the timetables for where you would like to go. From one end of the country to the other.

Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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Other public transport

Traveline is a most useful search engine for timetables and journey planning for all those lovely little places you really should add into your itinerary. These are the treasured memories.

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Vivary Park, Taunton
Vivary Park, Taunton

Ventnor Isle of Wight
Ventnor Isle of Wight

Rock Walk, Torquay
Rock Walk, Torquay

Bargate Southamoton
Bargate Southampton


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