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Are all UK airports open? When and where you can travel

Written by on 18th June 2020
Category: Business Travel

With many countries around the world beginning to relax their travel restrictions, business travellers can now start planning their journeys. As a result, all UK airports have adapted their practices to ensure the safety of their passengers. We’ve laid out all the changes at the UK’s major airports to help keep you in the know before you set off. Below is a list of key information to help you navigate to your chosen destination safely, promptly and without stress.

The UK government has put into a place a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals to the UK. For business travellers, this means finding a convenient, safe place to stay upon landing. Whether you’re arriving in the UK or jetting off around the globe, SilverDoor can accommodate you no matter where you plan to conduct your business. We specialise in providing the ideal accommodation for business travellers. Read on below to find the most convenient accommodation to help you catch your flights with ease.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is the third-largest airport in the UK, handling over 27 million passengers each year. The airport is comprised of 3 terminals, however, all flights will be operating from Terminal 1 until further notice. Restaurants and bars within the terminal will be exclusively offering takeaway food and drink options and public transport will be operating on a reduced schedule. Additionally, there will be a limited number of temperature screenings carried out within the airport, so business travellers should allow extra time for any delays.

Living room in Finchwood House - serviced apartments in Manchester
The quintessential home-from-home, Finchwood House is comfort personified

For those arriving in Manchester, SilverDoor has a wide range of serviced apartments in Manchester within a stone’s throw of the airport. One of our personal favourites is Finchwood House. Just 3 miles from the airport, these homely apartments will let you enjoy your 14-day quarantine in comfort. With transport links less than a mile away, these serviced apartments in Manchester are also ideal for business travellers looking for convenient accommodation while on business.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the longest established of all UK airports. Consistently handling over 5 million passengers, the airport will provide hand sanitiser stations and safety signage throughout the terminal. Restaurants and bars are closed for the foreseeable future and enhanced cleaning procedures have been put in place to ensure passenger safety. Business travellers planning on exchanging currency should do so prior to arriving at the airport due to closures of Travelex stations.

Kitchen in Lewbry House serviced apartments near Liverpool John Lennon airport
Lewbry House offers modern and enviably convenient accommodation near the airport

Business travellers staying in Liverpool are spoilt for choice in terms of accommodation. SilverDoor has a wide selection of serviced apartments in Liverpool within close proximity of the airport. We particularly enjoy staying in Lewbry House, which is just a 12-minute drive from the airport. Contemporary, classy and furnished with the business traveller in mind, these serviced apartments in Liverpool are the ideal accommodation for business travellers landing in this prosperous city.

Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick sees a staggering 46 million passengers travel to more than 70 countries each year. As per government guidelines in all UK airports, all staff will wear face masks until further notice. As of 15th June 2020, the North Terminal will reopen meaning both terminals will be functioning. Seating arrangements have been adapted to ensure social distancing and some areas of the airport have also been converted to create a one-way flow. See the full list of changes here.

Living room in Jubilee Court - best accommodation for business travellers
Jubilee Court is spacious, classy and ideal for business travellers

If you’re looking for serviced apartments in London which are close to Gatwick Airport, check out our handy apartment finder. We’re particularly fond of Jubilee Court, with its plentiful natural light and large living space. 

With 1.6 million passengers flying from Gatwick to Barcelona alone, we’d be remiss not to direct you toward our unmatched portfolio of the very best serviced apartments in Barcelona. Whether you’re coming into or departing from the UK, we can make sure your stay is comfortable successful and safe.

Flying from Heathrow instead? You can also check out our comprehensive list of the best serviced apartments near Heathrow.

Bristol Airport

Handling over 4 million passengers each year, Bristol Airport is considered the gateway to the South West of the UK. The main terminal building is closed until further notice, with essential workers being redirected and processed through Aviation House. As with all UK airports, Bristol Airport has also put in place a number of precautions to help keep passengers safe. Staff members will wear additional protective equipment and all passengers will be required to wear a face mask, both in the airport and whilst flying.

Kitchen in Luckwell Apartments, nice accommodation near Bristol airport
A real breath of fresh air, Luckwell Apartments have a distinct country house feel

Flying into Bristol? SilverDoor can help you find the very best accommodation near Bristol Airport. We particularly like the fresh, nature-inspired decor in Luckwell Apartments. Less than 4 miles from the airport, this accommodation for business travellers also represents excellent value for money.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport and the 6th busiest airport in the UK. Last year almost 15 million passengers flew from Edinburgh to one of 158 countries. The airport recently revealed its flysafe initiative, a structured plan to help travellers navigate to their destination safely and comfortably. This will include measures such as one-way colour-coded systems to manage flow, temperature checks, deep cleaning and even e-learning modules on COVID-19 for all staff.

Sighthill Loan Apartments near Edinburgh airport
Clean, crisp and supremely convenient, Sighthill Loan Apartments are not to be missed

Arriving in Edinburgh? We have a host of excellent accommodation near Edinburgh Airport to choose from. Sighthill Loan Apartment is located just a 5-minute walk from the airport, making it extremely convenient accommodation for business travellers. Tastefully decorated, this Edinburgh serviced apartment also comes with a range of facilities including a large living room, fully-fitted kitchen and a family-size bathroom.

Discover why now more than ever serviced apartments are ideal for keyworkers and global mobility programmes in our blogs. Want to know more? Please give us a call or make an enquiry and we will be glad to help.

Additionally, you can make sure you’re fully informed before travelling by checking out the Government website for updates and the latest guidance regarding travel to and from the UK.