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10 Cheapest Airports to Fly Into: Europe Airfare Secrets

By Colton Jones in Travel Tips | on June 12th, 2015


Psst…did you know that flying to Europe doesn’t have to break the bank? With the array of cultural capitals comes a wide variety of airports to choose from. Finding the cheapest airport to fly into Europe may be confusing, but this guide will point you in the right direction. Of course, the rules of finding cheap airfares still apply: visit in the off season, take advantages of sales, and fly on a weekday. However, the cheapest airports to fly into Europe mostly also satisfy the following requirements:

  • Considered “secondary” airports – basically not London, Paris, Rome, or Madrid
  • Hub or focus city for a budget airline
  • Low operating costs/fees passed on to airline or consumer


Flying into a cheaper airport also allows cheapest-airport-to-fly-into-europeyou to potentially visit two destinations for the price of one. For example, if your heart is set on London, you may also want to check fares to nearby Copenhagen, Amsterdam, or Dublin, or other major European airports which are all a short hop away by budget airline.


10 cheapest airports to fly into in Europe

Reykjavik, Iceland – Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport (KEF)
A bit of a cheat since Iceland is only halfway between North America and Europe, but it is considered part of the European continent and has two airlines, WOW and IcelandAir, offering aggressive fares to Reykjavik. Take a dip in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, hike through the ethereal hills of Landmannalaugar, or scuba dive between two continental plates at Silfra.

Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
Stockholm is currently the cheapest European airport to fly into on the continent thanks to budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle’s direct service from many U.S. cities. After feasting on Swedish meatballs and smorgasbords, head out to find a wonderland of snow sports from snowmobiling to dog-sledding.

Moscow, Russia – Domodedovo International Airport (DME) or Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)
Russia is notoriously finicky when it comes to visas, but an agency can help you with an invitation letter and get you on your way to the Land of Tsars. Besides the history at the Red Square or nearby St. Petersburg, history buffs can hunt for Soviet-era souvenirs at the Izmaylovo Market or Gum shopping area.

Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhagen International Airport (CPH)
Another Scandinavian entry, Copenhagen is known for its Michelin-starred restaurants and Tivoli, the world’s oldest amusement park. Fans of children’s literature will find plenty of Hans Christian Andersen history, including the official museum in the city of Odense.

Istanbul, Turkey – Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
Instanbul is a major hub and the fourth busiest airport on the continent thanks to low fares from Turkish Airlines. After visiting the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, there are a wealth of historical treasures to be found in the country, including the ancient Greek city of Ephesus and the statues of Mt. Nemrut.

St. Petersburg, Russia – Pulkovo International Airport (LED)
Delve into Russian history in historic St. Petersburg thanks to low fares from Norwegian Air Shuttle and WOW Airlines. The Hermitage is one of the oldest museums in the world, having been founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, while the nearby Peter and Paul Fortress is part of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg.

Oslo, Norway – Gardermoen International Airport (OSL)
One of the world’s most expensive countries, no doubt, but at least getting there is quite affordable. Away from the capital, cities such as Bergen, Trondheim, and Tromso combine Scandinavian culture with breathtaking outdoor beauty.

Dublin, Ireland – Dublin Airport (DUB)
The Scoop: Test your luck of the Irish in Ireland’s friendly and boisterous capital. Though known for its pubs and nightlife, Ireland has its share of magnificent natural scenery as well, including the island of Skellig Michael, set to be featured in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.

Berlin, Germany – Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)
A cheaper entry into Germany than Frankfurt, cosmopolitan Berlin connects easily to Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and more. Aside from popular tourist destinations like the Berlin Wall, why not try visiting a traditional cuckoo clock maker, or having some delectable kuchen (cake)?

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Amsterdam serves as a hub for multiple airlines, hence fares into the city are generally reasonable. Popular among youths for its “liberal qualities”, art buffs will also want to make way to the Van Gogh Museum or see the country’s fantastic modern architecture.


Everyone has their personal favorites in Europe, be it the food, the culture, the history, or the outdoor destinations. Outside of the big cities, European countries still feature countless attractions off the beaten track and strong traditional arts, so grab a good guide book and start exploring with a cheap flight from 1800FlyEurope!

Major European Airports – Maps, Airport Codes, Size & More

By Colton Jones in Lists | on June 3rd, 2015


It should be no surprise that Europe is at the top of the list of dream destinations for most travelers. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 588 million tourists visited the continent in 2014, or 52% of all tourism-related travel. In addition to the culture-filled capitals and marvelous cuisine, for U.S.-based passengers, European cities also act as major hubs for connections on to Africa or the Middle East.

major-european-airportsTravelers usually choose which European airport to fly into based on their choice of destination. Reflecting their popularity as tourist destinations as well as business capitals, cities like London and Paris easily top the list of busiest European airports, which is comprised mostly of airports located in western Europe. The only outlier is Istanbul, which has seen double digit growth the last few years due to aggressive fares and lower operating costs.

Despite the high amount of traffic at these airports, delays are mixed: Rome, Paris, and Istanbul all rank among the world’s top ten airports with the most delays, while Amsterdam, Madrid, Frankfurt, and Munich are all comparatively punctual.


Map of European Airports


Busiest European Airports

Here are the top ten busiest European international airports, along with their airport codes (European airport codes also use the three-letter IATA standard):


London Heathrow (LHR)
2014 Passenger Count: 73,405,330
Receiving over 73 million passengers in 2014 and still the busiest of the European airports, Heathrow is also the third busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic and the home of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. It also mainly serves international passengers – 93% in 2014 – and is the largest of the six airports serving the London area.


Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
2014 Passenger Count: 63,813,756
Topping the list of largest European airports in terms of size, CDG is home to Air France and a hub of Delta Airlines. It is also the world’s eighth busiest airport, with its most popular U.S. route to New York JFK.


Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
2014 Passenger Count: 59,566,132
Hub for Germany’s Lufthansa and Condor airlines, Frankfurt is a busy financial hub and gateway/connecting city for passengers on the way to Europe, Africa, or the Middle East. Most of the airport traffic consists of Lufthansa and Star Alliance carriers, and the Frankfurt-Rhine Main region is Germany’s third largest metropolitan region behind Berlin/Brandenburg and Rhine-Ruhr.


Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
2014 Passenger Count: 56,954,790
Istanbul Atatürk climbed into fourth place in 2014 with double digit growth from Turkish Airlines and is closing in on Frankfurt for third place.  With the explosive surge, projections are already for passenger traffic to outstrip capacity. The Istanbul New Airport broke ground in 2014 and the first phase is planned for completion in 2017. It is planned to replace Atatürk and be the largest airport in the world once complete, handling 150 million passengers annually.


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
2014 Passenger Count: 54,978,023
Amsterdam continues to be a hub for no less than nine different airlines, including KLM, Delta, and Easyjet. While its most popular routes to the U.S. are to New York JFK, Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis, Delta recently began nonstop flights from Salt Lake City.


Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
2014 Passenger Count: 41,833,374
Madrid is the home of national carrier Iberia and is the key hub for connections between Europe and Latin America. The main direct flights to the U.S. are New York JFK and Miami, while the domestic route between Barcelona, previously the world’s busiest flight path, has now shrunk a bit due to the opening of a high-speed rail line.


Munich Airport (MUC)
2014 Passenger Count: 39,700,515
Munich is the gateway to the Bavarian region and also a hub for Lufthansa and Condor Airlines. It is the sole European airport to receive a prestigious five-star rating by Skytrax, with the busiest routes to the U.S. being Newark, Chacago O’Hare, and Washington Dulles.


Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
2014 Passenger Count: 38,506,908
The capital of il bel paese, Rome’s airport is a hub for national carrier Alitalia and Spanish budget airline Vueling. Recently, the airport announced plans to invest €12 billion in enhancing capacity, technology, and passenger experience.


London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
2014 Passenger Count: 38,103,667
London’s second international airport, Gatwick sees about half the traffic of Heathrow, all on a single-use runway. Unfortunately, this also makes it the airport most prone to delays in the UK. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Norwegian Air Shuttle all fly from the U.S. to Gatwick, although currently no U.S.-based barriers do.


Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)
2014 Passenger Count: 37,559,044
The second largest airport in Spain, Barcelona is a hub for homegrown airlines Iberia (regional) and Vueling. Though most traffic is intercontinental, U.S. carriers offer direct flights from Miami, New York JFK, Atlanta, and Newark.  The top three airlines operating out of the airport are low cost carriers: Vueling, RyanAir, and EasyJet.


*All passenger count and carrier information courtesy of Wikipedia.

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With the value of the dollar rising, now is a great time to hit those dream destinations. Use this list of major European airports to find the most popular hubs close to your desired destination, whereupon you can explore to your heart’s contentment by rental car, rail, or by traveling Europe on a budget airline booked with 1-800-Fly-Europe. Time to get packing!

Top 5 European Airports for 2011

By 1800FlyEurope in These Five Things | on December 7th, 2011

Are you planning a trip to Europe in the near or distant future? Perhaps you are considering visiting several countries, or in searching for flight rates you are given the option of various airport locations for connecting to another flight? Before you reserve that ticket, take a little extra time to research the airports you will be flying in and out of. After you have read about the following award winning European airline hubs, you may want to consider giving yourself a couple extra hours to see why Skytrax has ranked these as the best of the best for 2011.

Skytrax is a United Kingdom based agency which annually evaluates airline and airport performances throughout the world. They survey millions of international travelers and ask passengers to rate airport services such as check-ins, arrivals, lounges, food, and shopping. The questionnaires are completed by travelers of over 100 individual nationalities, participation is free of charge, and payment for taking part in a survey is not received, all so that the final results are unbiased.

London Heathrow

World’s Best Airport for Shopping and Runner-up for Dining

Choose from an array of over 80 shops featuring gifts, wine, books, boutiques and more when you have time in between your next flight here. Heathrow boasts top of line designer names like Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., and Jimmy Choo. After you have shopped to your heart’s content, be sure to grab an all natural bite to eat from Pret A Manger or treat yourself a three course meal from Gordon Ramsay Plane Food. If you have specific dietary needs, feel assured that Heathrow has restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halal, gluten-free, and wheat-free dining options.

Lufthansa Frankfurt

Europe’s Best Premium Service Airport

Expect to be treated like royalty while you wait for your first class flight in Frankfurt. The Lufthansa First Class Terminal is located in a separate building which was designed exclusively to meet and exceed the needs of their passengers. Upon arrival to this terminal, valet promptly parks your vehicle and whisks away any luggage you wish to have checked. Then, a personal assistant appears to help you with any travel/business needs, check you in for your flight and guide you through security. While you wait for your flight you may wish to unwind in the lavish lounge area, sip a fine wine, or even enjoy a cigar in the designated Cigar Lounge. Lufthansa strives to provide their first class passengers with unsurpassed services in a luxurious and tranquil atmosphere.

Zurich Airport

Best Airport Europe, 3rd Place

The Swiss are renowned for being precise and efficient, and these very qualities are what have earned Zurich its title of 3rd Best Airport in Europe. You will notice that the check points flow seamlessly, and the layout of the airport is ingenious. The optimal use of space provides passengers with shorter distances to walk in between flights in a light and airy, ultra modern facility. In short, the Zurich Airport runs like fine, Swiss clockwork.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Best Airport Europe, 2nd Place

Schiphol holds the title for being the oldest, operating international airport in the world; it has been functioning from the same location for over 90 years. Don’t be fooled into thinking that there is anything antiquated about this airport, other than its site. This establishment is state of the art and offers passengers cutting-edge amenities in relation to their restaurants, shops and departure waiting areas. Impressively, Schiphol provides direct flights to over 300 destinations in 99 countries.

Munich Airport

Best Airport Europe, 1st Place

The overall best airport in Europe is Munich, and this is not an easy status to earn. They had to score in the top ranks for about 40 individual, performance areas and consistently receive high marks for categories such as cleanliness, comfort, shopping, restaurants, staff friendliness, and baggage claim delivery. This isn’t the first time Munich has achieved the title of Best Airport Europe; this honor was proudly attained in 2010 and consecutively from 2005 through 2008. Here, you will experience an airport brimming with Bavarian charisma in a setting of contemporary architecture.

Consider flying into or out of one of the above highly regarded airports when making your travel plans to Europe. They have all earned these prestigious awards because of travelers like you. If you find yourself booking a connecting flight within Europe, any one of these hubs will surely tick the boxes for your requirements of efficiency and comfort. You may even find yourself enjoying your airport downtime with some leisurely shopping, tasty cuisine and/or relaxation in a cushy lounge. Find the lowest airfare rates with 1-800-Fly-Europe on flights to Barcelona, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, or anywhere in between.


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