The shortest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Exeter International Airport (the nearest facility to Plymouth) takes 3.5 hours. Other nearby local airports include the Plymouth City Airport and Newquay Cornwall Airport. There are several flights to Plymouth from Heathrow Airport, although no direct journeys are available with the majority of options including a layover in Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester or Glasgow. British Airways, KLM, Virgin Antlantic, FlyBE, Air France and Aer Lingus Irish Airlines are the facilty's primary service providers. There are regular taxi and bus services to Exeter St David Station from which point will bring travellers to Plymouth in 1.5 hours. Buses from National Express and Stagecoach Devon Ltd also operate this connection.
Located on the south coast of Devon, Plymouth's historic seafaring port boasts such magnificent structures and sites as Smeaton's Tower, Saltram house, Plymouth Dome, Barbican Maritime Village, Naval War memorial among others make the city a fantastic tourist destination. It is also popular among sea enthusiasts who enjoy water sports such water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving and canoeing, all available at Mount Batten Water Sports Centre.