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Birmingham Airport (BHX)

Location: The airport is situated eight miles (12km) southeast of Birmingham.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
Transfer between terminals: The two terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.
Getting to the city: Buses to the city centre and surrounds can be caught opposite the airport at the Bus and Coach Terminus. Birmingham city centre can also be reached via Birmingham International railway station connected to the airport by a free monorail system called the Air-Rail Link. Trains run from Birmingham International Station to Birmingham New Street Station and vice versa throughout the day but are less frequent in the evenings and on weekends. Uber, and other mobile app based taxi services are also available. For onward travel, Birmingham International Station is connected to over 100 towns in and around the UK.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National. All car hire booking desks are located within the arrivals lounge which can be found easily once through security.
Airport Taxis: Taxis are available from outside passenger terminals and take about 15-20 minutes into Birmingham.
Facilities: There are banks, bureaux de change, shops, restaurants, business lounges, play areas for kids, baby changing facilities and a tourist information desk in the airport. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Parking: The airport's 'drop and go' area is adjacent to the departures terminal and is free for the first 30 minutes. Car parks 1, 2 and 3 are best for short and medium-stay parking; they are located beside the terminal building and charge per hour or per day. The long-stay parking garages are located next to the second roundabout along Airport Way, a ten-minute walk from the terminal. There are regular shuttle-buses between the long stay parking lots and the terminal. Long-stay parking is free for the first 15 minutes.
Website: www.birminghamairport.co.uk
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Bristol International Airport (BRS)

Location: The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of Bristol city centre.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Getting to the city: Bristol International Flyer Express buses depart for the city centre (including the train station) around the clock, every eight minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes off-peak. It costs around £7 for a one-way ticket. Taxis are also available outside the terminal. Uber, and other similar mobile app based taxi services are also available.
Car rental: Car hire companies include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National, among others.
Airport Taxis: Arrow Cars taxis are available all day and night at the airport, located outside the terminal building. Passengers can visit the booking desk where they will be quoted a fixed fare and allocated a taxi. Payment can be made by card at the booking desk, or by cash to the driver.
Facilities: Facilities at Bristol Airport include a bureau de change, ATM, bars, restaurants, shops, an executive lounge and tourist information desk. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs are advised to contact their airline in advance.
Parking: There is short and long-term car parking available. Spaces can be pre-booked via the airport website. The short stay and pick up parking lot costs £1 for the first 20 minutes and £6 for the first hour. The Silver Zone car park is the cheapest long-stay option, if you book online it can cost as little as £3.75 per day.
Website: www.bristolairport.com
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Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)

Location: The airport is situated nine miles (14km) northwest of Leeds.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 113 250 9696.
Getting to the city: The bus services run frequently from the airport to Leeds and Bradford city centre bus and rail stations. The bus services link the airport to Leeds City Rail Station, from where connections can be made to all parts of the UK. Taxis and mobile app based taxi services are also available.
Car rental: Avis, Europcar and Hertz are represented in International Arrivals.
Airport Taxis: Arrow Cars are available from the airport taxi rank outside the terminal building.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include banks, ATMs, bureaux de change and a tourist information desk. There are also shops, bars and restaurants. The Yorkshire Premier Lounge on the first floor of the Departure Lounge offers a full bar service, complimentary newspapers, high-speed wifi and telephones. Entry to the lounge is through membership or a once off entry fee of around £21. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Parking: There is short- and long-term car parking available. Parking can be booked in advance on the airport website. There is a courtesy bus service between the long-stay car park and the terminal building, operating 24 hours a day. Passengers should allow extra time to park and get to the terminal.
Website: www.lbia.co.uk
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London City Airport (LCY)

Location: The airport is situated at the Royal Docks, 10 miles (16km) from the West End.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 20 7646 0088.
Getting to the city: Docklands Light Railway (DLR) departs from London City Airport every 8-15 minutes to Canning Town, Woolwich Arsenal and Bank. There are regular London buses from the airport to stations throughout London. Nearby National Rail stations are reached via the Jubilee line from Canning Town (a seven-minute DLR journey). Licensed taxis (black cabs) are available outside the terminal building, a taxi to the centre of London will take only 20 to 30 minutes and cost roughly £30. Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor. There are also chauffeur services available from Quay Cars. Mobile app based taxi services, like Uber, are available, as is car sharing through the DriveNow app.
Car rental: Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor, rental companies include Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
Airport Taxis: Taxis from London City Airport can be hailed outside the Arrivals Hall and a taxi to the centre of London will take only 20 to 30 minutes and cost roughly £30. A taxi to Canary Wharf will cost £14.
Facilities: There are shops, bars and a restaurant at City Airport, other facilities include left luggage, a mother and baby room, tourist information and business facilities including Internet and fax. There are also ATMs, a bureau de change and Internet facilities. The disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally inform their airline in advance.
Parking: Parking at London City Airport is located within easy walking distance of the terminal. Short-term parking starts at £3 for the first 10 minutes, £13 for up to an hour, £17 for two hours, £25 for four hours, £53 for up to 12 hours and £61 per day. The long-term car park is £23 for up to four hours and £53 per day. Credit card facilities are available.
Departure Tax: None.
Website: www.londoncityairport.com
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London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

Location: The airport is situated 28 miles (45km) south of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 870 000 2468.
Transfer between terminals: The two terminals are linked by the Inter Terminal Transit train that leaves every three minutes.
Getting to the city: The easiest and quickest way into London from Gatwick is on the Gatwick Express train, which takes 30 minutes to the central Victoria railway station. Local buses call at both terminals and run between Gatwick and key destinations including Crawley, Horley, Redhill and Horsham. Taxis are also available from the airport into town, while coaches take passengers to destinations including Heathrow, central London, Bristol and Brighton (ticket desks are in the North and South Terminals). Car rental companies operate from both terminals. Taxis and mobile app based taxi services, like Uber, are also available.
Car rental: Car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz operate from both terminals.
Airport Taxis: Taxis from Gatwick Airport are available outside the Arrivals Hall and a taxi to London city centre will take roughly an hour to an hour-and-a-half as this road can be very busy. Mobile app based taxi services, like Uber, are also available.
Facilities: Both terminals have shops, restaurants, bars, bureaux de change, ATMs, an Internet café, baby changing rooms and children's play areas. There are lounges in both terminals that offer multiple services for both business and leisure, for a fee. In the South Terminal, there is a medical centre offering vaccinations and the Regus Express Business Lounge, featuring meeting rooms, refreshments, showers, a document station, high-speed internet and distraction-free private work spaces. Disabled facilities at the airport are good; those who require special assistance should contact their airline in advance.
Parking: Short-term and long-term parking is available and a free shuttle services the parking areas farther away from the terminal building.
Departure Tax: None.
Website: www.gatwickairport.com
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London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Location: The airport is situated 15 miles (24km) west of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 8700 000 123.
Transfer between terminals: Terminal 1 is no longer in use. Terminals 2 and 3 are within walking distance of each other, with an average walking time of 11 minutes from one end to the other. Terminals 4 and 5 are connected via the free Heathrow Express train. Allow around 15 minutes for the journey time between terminals.
Getting to the city: The quickest way into London is on the Heathrow Express train, which leaves every 15 minutes for Paddington station, takes 15 minutes, and costs £22 if booked online or at a ticket machine, or £27 on-board, if travelling during off-peak times. Paddington has good connections to the other London railway stations and all parts of London via the London Underground. Heathrow is also on the Piccadilly underground line, which takes passengers into central London in around 50 minutes. The National Express coach service runs to central London and other towns and cities throughout the UK.
Car rental: Car rental options include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.
Airport Taxis: London's black taxis service Heathrow Airport; the journey time to central London is around 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxis are metered, the fare from Heathrow Airport to Central London will cost around £48-£90. Taxis are available from outside each terminal.
Facilities: There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants, ATMs, currency exchange facilities, left luggage facilities, pharmacies and postal services in all terminals. A spa offering massages is located in Terminal 5. There are VIP Lounges in Terminals 2 and 3. There are multi-faith prayer rooms in each terminal and St George's Chapel is located close to the central bus station between Terminals 2 and 3. There are shower facilities located in Terminal 3.
Parking: Short-term parking is available adjacent to the airport. A free shuttle service links the terminals and the long-term and business car parks. Valet parking is also available at all terminals.
Airport hotels: There are several hotels connected directly to the airport, including the Sofitel London Heathrow, which connects to Terminal 5, and the Hilton London Heathrow Airport near Terminal 4. Terminal 4 also offers Yotels, Japanese-inspired capsule hotel rooms with ensuite bathrooms, internet access and entertainment centres. Prices start at £38 for four hours. The Hotel Reservation Centre has desks in each terminal, and assists with bookings and transportation.
Website: www.heathrow.com
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London Luton Airport (LTN)

Location: The airport is situated 32 miles (52km) northwest of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 1582 405 100.
Getting to the city: Trains leave regularly to Kings Cross, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and London Bridge stations. Train journeys to central London take 20-25 minutes with providers such as East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect. Tickets can be bought from the Onward Travel centre at the airport or online. Luton Airport Parkway Train Station is connected to the terminal by a free shuttle bus service. Green Line and National Express buses run daily between the airport and central London. Taxis operate from outside the airport terminal 24-hours a day and car rental is also available.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Avis, Hertz, Europcar and National.
Airport Taxis: Taxis operate from Luton Airport 24-hours a day and can be hailed outside the Arrivals Hall. A taxi to central London will cost around £80 and will take approximately 2 hours.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include shops, bars, restaurants, bureaux de change, ATMs, a children's play area and baby changing rooms. Facilities for the disabled are good; those with special needs are advised to contact their airline or travel agent in advance.
Parking: There is short-term parking next to the terminal. Long-term (valet) parking operates near the terminal - your car will be taken away to another compound while you are away. Passengers who book in advance via the airport website get discounted parking rates.
Departure Tax: None.
Website: www.london-luton.co.uk
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London Stansted Airport (STN)

Location: The airport is situated 34 miles (55km) northeast of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 844 335 1803.
Getting to the city: The Stansted Express rail service operates between London's Liverpool Street station and the airport, taking approximately 45 minutes. There are also bus and coach services to Victoria Coach Station, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, among other London and national destinations. The bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets are available from the ticket desk in arrivals and at the station; a ticket to Victoria costs around £10. Taxis are available outside the terminal building and car rental is also available. Uber, and other mobile app based taxi services are also available, although there have been licensing issues as of late.
Car rental: Car rental companies available at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Alamo, National, Enterprise and Hertz.
Airport Taxis: Many taxi services are available, the Stansted Airport recommended taxi service is 24x7, a reservation desk is located in the international arrivals concourse. A taxi to central London from Stansted Airport will cost in the region of £100.
Facilities: There are a number of popular restaurants, shops and bars in the terminal, both before and after security. Other facilities include ATMs, a bureau de change and Internet cafe. There is a VIP lounge for travellers in the main departure lounge, which can be booked via the airport's website. There are also shower facilities at both arrivals and departures, with towels and access available for a small fee at the airport information desk. There are multi-faith prayer rooms, accessible after security. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance. Stansted is a smoke-free airport, and there are no smoking facilities past security.
Parking: The short-term parking is located next to the terminal building. Long-term parking is further away and is linked to the airport by a free shuttle bus. The mid-stay parking lot is free for the first hour, a five-minute courtesy bus ride from the terminal. The airport also offers valet parking. Travellers who pre-book on the Stansted Airport website receive discounted car parking.
Website: www.stanstedairport.com
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Manchester International Airport (MAN)

Location: The airport is situated 10 miles (17km) southwest of Manchester city centre.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 161 489 8000.
Transfer between terminals: The Skylink travellator system links Terminals 1 and 2, while 1 and 3 are linked by an external walkway.
Getting to the city: There are regular trains between the airport and Manchester Piccadilly railway station, which has connections to destinations throughout the UK. Buses service Manchester city centre as well as other local towns and cities. National Express operates coach services to cities all over the UK. All buses, coaches and trains leave from The Station, the airport's transport interchange that is connected to all terminals by a covered walkway. Taxis are available outside all terminals.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.
Airport Taxis: Taxis are available outside all terminals. Fares into Manchester are determined by the meter, while other destinations may be charged at a flat rate.
Facilities: There are restaurants, shops and bars in all three terminals. Other facilities include ATMs, bureaux de change, and left luggage. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should inform their airline or travel agent in advance.
Parking: Short-term and long-term parking at Manchester International Airport is available. It is a good idea to book parking in advance via the airport's website in the peak summer season, as the car park can be full.
Website: www.manchesterairport.co.uk
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Newcastle International Airport (NCL)

Location: The airport is situated six miles (10km) from Newcastle city centre.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 871 882 1121.
Getting to the city: The Metro system connects the airport to Newcastle Central Station, and other parts of the city, leaving every few minutes. Buses also leave regularly for the Eldon Square Bus Concourse.
Car rental: Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Interrent.
Airport Taxis: Taxis are available outside the terminal.
Facilities: Newcastle Airport has shops, bars and restaurants. Other facilities include a bank, bureaux de change, ATMs, left luggage, baby care rooms, and a children's play area. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance.
Parking: The short-stay and express parking lots are located directly opposite the terminal. The medium-stay lot, just beyond, offers 15 minutes free parking for picking up or dropping off passengers. The long-term lots are located furthest from the terminal and offer the cheapest daily and weekly rates. Discounted rates are available for bookings made via the airport website.
Website: www.newcastleairport.com
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Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ)

Location: The airport is situated seven miles (11km) northwest of Aberdeen.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 between last Sunday in March and Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 344 481 6666
Getting to the city: Aberdeen and Inverness train services run from the local station at Dyce, which is just a short taxi ride from the airport. The main station is in Aberdeen city centre and services all parts of Scotland and England. Regular bus services operate from the airport to Aberdeen city centre, and the journey takes roughly 30 minutes. Services are less frequent at weekends than on weekdays.
Car rental: Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National.
Airport Taxis: Comcab taxis are available outside the terminal, where a taxi marshal will assist you in finding a cab. Taxis can be pre-booked via the Comcab website and arranged at the Comcab booking office to the right upon entry to the terminal. The journey to the city centre takes approximately 25 minutes in light traffic, and costs roughly £15.
Facilities: Facilities include left luggage, a bureau de change, bars, a duty-free shop, business facilities, a children's play area, and several restaurants. The Northern Lights Executive Lounge is located on the first floor past security and can be prebooked online. Other airport lounges include the British Airways Terraces Lounge and the Eastern Airways Lounge, which is located near Gate 10. There are several restaurants and cafes around the airport.
Parking: There is short-term parking at Aberdeen International Airport within walking distance of the terminal. Long-term parking at Aberdeen International Airport can be accessed by a free shuttle from the terminal.
Website: www.aberdeenairport.com
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Edinburgh International Airport (EDI)

Location: The airport is eight miles (13km) west of Edinburgh.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 131 348 4203
Getting to the city: Airlink 100 buses connect the airport and the city centre every 10 minutes, from early morning until after midnight, and cost around £4.50 one way; the journey takes approximately 30 minutes. There are many alternative buses, including Night Bus N22 and Service 21A, that run to the city centre via a couple of stops en route. Stops for public buses are situated on the terminal forecourt road outside the main entrance.
Car rental: There is a car rental centre located next to the parking area, connected to the terminal by a covered walkway. Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz and National.
Airport Taxis: The taxi ranks for airport taxis and city black cabs are outside the east end of the airport terminal. The drive to the city centre takes approximately 25 minutes.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include ATMs, a bureau de change, shops, a pharmacy, wifi, a children's play area, baby change rooms, restaurants and bars. The Aspire Lounge is available to departing passengers on the first floor past security; bookings can be made online via the airport's website. The airport also has an art gallery displaying Scottish works.
Parking: A multilevel car park is located just across from the terminal building. The long-term car park is a few minutes away; a courtesy bus ferries passengers to the terminal.
Website: www.edinburghairport.com
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Glasgow Airport (GLA)

Location: The airport is located eight miles (13km) west of Glasgow.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 344 481 5555
Transfer between terminals: A covered walkway connects the terminals.
Getting to the city: Buses leave regularly for Glasgow, stopping off at the main railway and bus stations. The journey to the city centre takes 15 to 20 minutes. There are also eight trains per hour from Paisley Gilmour Street Station to Glasgow Central Station, which is one mile (2km) from the airport and can be reached by taxi or by regular bus services.
Car rental: Car hire options at the airport include Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, and Dollar/Thrifty.
Airport Taxis: Taxis are available 24 hours a day at the taxi rank opposite the main terminal. They are obligated to meter the journey.
Facilities: Facilities at Glasgow Airport include ATMs, a bureau de change, a post office, and many shops, bars and restaurants. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance. There is also a multi-faith prayer room.
Parking: Short-term parking is located near the terminal, charging roughly £2 for ten minutes or £3 for twenty minutes. Long-term parking is also available. Parking can be booked in advance via the airport website.
Airport hotels: There are several convenient hotels adjacent to the airport, including the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport, and the Ramada Glasgow Airport. Hotels and transfers can be booked via the airport's website.
Website: www.glasgowairport.com
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Rhoose Cardiff International Airport (CWL)

Location: The airport is located 12 miles (19km) southwest of Cardiff city centre.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 1446 711 111.
Getting to the city: The Cardiff Aiport Express bus service runs every 30 minutes during the day, seven days a week. Journey time to Cardiff from the airport is approximately 35 minutes and the bus fare is approximately £5 one way. A rail link also connects Cardiff International Airport to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. Trains run each direction every hour daily (every two hours on Sunday) with onward connections to other destinations on the rail network. A shuttle connects the airport to the nearby train station in 10 minutes, costing about £1.
Car rental: Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz are represented at the airport.
Airport Taxis: Passengers can book a private taxi transfer with FlightLink Wales to and from Cardiff Airport.
Facilities: Facilities include a bureau de change, ATMs, baby changing facilities, faxing and photocopying, game zones, duty-free shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also facilities for disabled passengers.
Parking: Short-term parking is right outside the terminal building and long-term parking is farther away from the terminal but is serviced by a free shuttle. There is pre-booking available.
Website: www.cardiff-airport.com
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Belfast International Airport (BFS)

Location: The airport is situated 18 miles (29km) northwest of Belfast.
Time: Local time is GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 28 9448 4848.
Getting to the city: The Airport Express operates between the airport and the city centre every 10 minutes from outside the terminal building, 24 hours a day. The International Airport Taxi Company offer taxis outside the right hand door of the airport exit lobby with a list of fares displayed in the exit hall of the terminal. The journey takes around 25 minutes.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National and can be found in the Arrivals hall.
Airport Taxis: International Airport Taxi Company offer taxis outside the right hand door of the airport exit lobby with a list of fares displayed in the exit hall of the terminal. The journey takes around 25 minutes.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include bureaux de changes, ATMs, wifi, duty-free shopping, travel agent, business lounge, information desk, and a variety of shops and restaurants. Passengers with disabilities are well catered for.
Parking: There are three parking options at Belfast International Airport: short-stay parking, the main car park, and long-stay parking. The pick-up and drop-off zones are also charged for, costing about £1 for a 10-minute stay.
Departure Tax: None. 2762.7
Website: www.belfastairport.com
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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM)

Location: The airport is conveniently located about five miles (8km) from downtown Birmingham.
Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts: Tel: +1 205 595 0533
Getting to the city: Several shuttle companies, including Meteors Shuttle and Birmingham Door to Door, operate between the airport and the city, but reservations must be made prior to arrival. Taxi services are available 24 hours a day at ground level outside the baggage claim area.
Car rental: Rental car counters are located at ground level near the section 1B. Vendors include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, National, and Hertz.
Airport Taxis: Taxi services at Birmingham International are available throughout the day and evening on the ground level outside the baggage claim area. Birmingham is serviced by the following taxi-cab companies: Ambassador Cab Company, American Cab Company, Award Cab Company, Birmingham Metro Cab Company, King Cab LLC, Progress House Taxi Cab, Silver Cab Company and Yellow Cab. Uber, and other app-based taxi services, are also available.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include restaurants, bars, shops, currency exchange, wireless internet, kidzone play areas and tourist information. ATMs are available throughout the airport. Skycap services are available to assist disabled passengers.
Parking: The airport provides short-term parking at a rate of $1 per hour and $24 per day; medium-stay parking at a rate of $1 per hour and $12 per day; and long-term parking at a rate of $1 per hour and $10 per day.
Website: www.flybirmingham.com
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