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Booking flights to Europe? With Omio, you can search, compare and book flights from more than 800 official travel partners and even find the fastest and most affordable option. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you can continue your journey via trains and coaches, too!
Flights from London, in particular, are some of the most popular, owing to the well-connected transport throughout the city and its six airports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, London City, London Luton and London Southend. Other large flight hubs are found in Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Thanks to Omio, getting around Europe and the United Kingdom has never been easier.
Flights from the UK to Europe are usually direct and flight durations are generally short, especially when flying to destinations such as Spain, France and Italy. When looking for cheap flights from the UK to Europe, there are a few things to remember:.
With Omio, you can compare and book flights with ease, but here are some ways to make sure you grab the best deal when booking your trip.
Ryanair: Priding themselves on Europe’s most popular airline, Ryanair has about 90 airline bases across the European continent, 9 of which are located in the UK. The low-cost airline operates in 33 countries and has a fleet of 360 737-800 aircrafts.
Aer Lingus: Ireland’s state-owned airline offers domestic and international flights. In operation since 1936, the airline is famed for it’s friendly staff and quality service. Currently, Aer Lingus serves 13 UK airports such as Southampton, Leeds, Newquay to name a few.
easyJet: The UK’s largest airline offers 1,100 routes across the UK and Europe. Easyjet currently serves 15 UK airports including: Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Inverness and more.
Flybe: Serving 40 UK airports and 30* European destinations, Flybe is a popular short-haul airline. The airline shares routes with partners such as Stobart Air and Blue Islands. If you’re looking to flying into a regional airport, chances are you’ll be flying with Flybe. *The amount of European airports served depends on seasonality.
British Airways: The British airline serves six domestic routes, including Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and more. Outside the UK, British Airways flies to over 200 destinations.
Iberia: Serving 39 countries across the globe, Iberia is Spain's flag carrier airline.
Vueling: This Spanish low-cost airline was established in 2003 and has its hubs at Barcelona El Prat and Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. The airline serves over 100 destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa. It is currently Spain's largest airline.
Alitalia: Italy's national airline began operating in 1999 with main hub at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport. The airline currently serves 100 destinations world-wide, with focus on European, Asia and North America.
Lufthansa: German's leading airline Lufthansa is the largest in Europe based on passengers carried and size of fleet in combination with their subsidiaries, Germanwings, Austrian Air, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and more. They have two bases, one in Frankfurt-am-Main and Munich.
Allowing plenty of time before a European flight is advisable in all cases. While some of the
smaller European airports, like Berlin-Tegel, may only require arrival one hour before
departure, giving yourself two hours is always a good idea. As with airports in London security can
be an unpredictable factor and therefore you should allow plenty of time.
Each European country has individual policies regarding full-body scanners. However, according to EU rules, passengers must be fgiven an alternative screening method if they have a pacemaker or other medical reason for opting out.
In any case, arriving two hours before a scheduled departure should leave plenty of time to get situated at the gate before boarding.
Many travellers opt for packing light, with hand luggage only when flying from the UK to Europe. Each
airlines has policies regarding hand luggage and checked bags, and passengers should
always read the fine print with the airline when packing. However, there are specific EU regulations
regarding what can be carried on an airplane.
Aerosols, liquids, creams, or gels must be packed in a one-litre, clear plastic bag and be no larger than 100ml. In the case of duty-free items purchased at the airport, as long as they remain sealed in the security bag with the receipt, they may be carried in hand luggage.
Few airlines still require that travellers stand in the queue and wait for staff to print a boarding
pass. Nowadays, it is the norm for flights to Europe and those around the continent to have
online and self-check-in. For even greater convenience, Omio travel app connects to 250
airlines. The app is a one-stop-shop for European travellers, offering easy flight searches,
booking, and Apple Wallet support.
Travellers who have downloaded their mobile tickets in the Omio app can take advantage of a simple one-click transfer to send boarding passes to Apple Wallet.
Discount travel to Europe means you can explore more countries. Flights in Europe can also be booked at great prices. The low-cost airlines Ryanair and
easyJet, for example, cover many European destinations and popular routes.
On Ryanair, travellers can take advantage of routes like Paris to Rome for as low as £46, Barcelona to Ibiza for £26, or Dublin to Luxembourg for £13. On easyJet, consider destinations such as: Madrid to Lisbon from £52, Milan to Naples from £50, and London to Edinburgh from £52. To keep costs down, it is important to book travel the smart way.
Consider travelling outside of peak seasons. Avoid more expensive weekend travel by booking flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Planning in advance can also net low-cost flights on flag carriers, and it's also worth it to look at the offers from other budget airlines, like Germanwings.
Navigating throughout Europe by bus or train is typically quite manageable. Most European airports connect to local buses and trains that allow visitors to venture between desired destinations without dealing with the hassle of road maps, GPS, parking, or traffic.
The EU has stringent passenger protections that apply to any traveller with a valid ticket and
booking confirmation, who arrives at the airport on time. Passengers beginning or ending a
trip at an EU airport with an airline headquartered in the EU may entitled to compensation in the
Delayed arrivals of more than three hours; cancellations with notice less than 14 days; denied boarding due to overbooking; or a missed flight connection due to delays of more than 3 hours.
Should one of these issues arise, passengers should be aware that compensation is determined by travel distance, not the actual amount paid. For more information or questions regarding flight delays or compensation, contact Omio Customer Care.