Which UK airports used by us offer the best services to business travellers?

  • 10th June 2014

If you are a regular business traveller, what do you want from an airport? Good transport links, fast check-in, a comfortable area to do some work in, WiFi access and perhaps accommodation nearby. After all time is money and often we never have enough of it as we rush from one business appointment to another.

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A report by the Global Business Travel Association last year, cited in this BBC article predicted that UK business trip expenditure to reach £25bn (31bn euros) by the end of 2014. For the business traveller, as the BBC piece suggests “productivity on the road is becoming a business essential.”

Being able to make the most of your time while travelling is therefore a vital consideration for the business traveller. And airports are investing in infrastructure to ensure business passengers have a speedy, reliable, comfortable, and productive transit experience.

With this in mind, we have surveyed some of bmi regional’s UK destination airport hubs to find out what facilities they offer business travellers. The results have been collated into the handy table/infographic below.

Further information about all the UK airports we fly from can be found on our website here.

Online Check in

bmi regional offers online check in on all domestic routes operating from these airport hubs. In addition, all our passengers benefit from a free 23kg baggage hold allowance.

Business Facilities

Here’s the good news. We offer free access to the executive lounges at Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich for those passengers travelling on Economy Flexible fares.

All of our UK airports have a Business Lounge. Costs range from £15 for 2 hours at Norwich to £21.99 (£18.99 if pre-booked) at Bristol.
Birmingham and Norwich also have a business centre and all airports except Newcastle offer printing facilities. Aberdeen, Birmingham and Bristol airports all offer meeting and conference facilities within a few hundred metres of the terminal. Aberdeen appears to be the only airport where you cannot charge up your laptop and phone in the main terminal.

Fast Track Service

Did you know you can pay to speed your way through security for a low rate of just £3 per person at Birmingham and Newcastle? It costs slightly more at the other airports* but is one way to avoid queues at peak times.

WiFi access

All our airports offer WiFi but only two of them – Aberdeen and Norwich – offer free and unlimited WiFi access within the airport buildings.
The other airports offer the first 30 minutes for free (first 10 minutes free at Birmingham) then charge a variable amount – for instance, up to £9.00/day at Bristol.

Meet and Greet Parking

Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle airports all offer meet and greet parking which can help you to save time finding a car parking space and dealing with shuttle buses. Bristol has a helpful video on YouTube to explain all your parking options.

Social media channels

Interestingly, only one airport at the moment – Norwich – offers an airport app for mobiles. This will surely change.

All UK airports have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts that offer a mix of general information and specific travel updates, which makes it easier for travellers to stay informed of any issues they might face.

Frequent Airport Users

So far Bristol is the only airport on our list offering a loyalty programme to help save money if you are a regular airport user. It’s also the only one to offer handy 24 hour showers and a left luggage facility.

The Airports’ Best Kept Secret

We asked the airports to share their best kept secret and Newcastle Airport confessed to having a smoking area after security for those travellers who can’t live without a cigarette and even a Whisky Bar in the Aspire Lounge.

Norwich Airport claims the great view from its cafe is it’s hidden asset.

Bristol Airport’s Wine and Deli bar with local cheeses and fine wines may be an unexpected pleasure for the foodies amongst us.

Birmingham airport’s claim to have friendly and helpful airport staff is backed up by the highest Facebook fan rating of 4 (with Newcastle) out of the airports surveyed.

Aberdeen also surprised us with it’s claim to be the UK’s third busiest airport due to it’s three helicopter runways taking workers to the oil rigs.

Do share with us on Facebook or Twitter if you’ve discovered some great things about your local airport which you’d like to share with our fans and followers.

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Here’s a picture of our CEO, Cathal O’Connell, greeting one of our passengers at Brussels Airport. We don’t promise to do this every time but we like to keep our passengers happy.