5 Easy Overseas Airfields to Fly to From Mainland UK

Being an island nation, those of us in mainland UK are surrounded by easy opportunities to try an overseas flight. If you’re in another country, you can disregard this article!

Flying overseas brings a bunch of new considerations, such as wearing immersion suits and considering speaking to ATC with a funny accent.

Yet doing a trip like this will certainly build confidence and add a bit of interest to your flying. It can also easily impress friends and partners if you can take them to another country for lunch without the hassle of airline or ferry travel.

With that in mind, here are 5 easy overseas airfields to fly to from mainland UK.


Le Touquet

Le Touquet Airport

Probably the most common airfield in France for British private pilots to attempt. Le Touquet is the natural first port of call on the north coast of France. Le Touquet is a few miles south of Boulogne, and almost within sight of the Kent coast. The airfield has a single runway, café, and a friendly welcome. You can also walk into the town and to the beach easily.


Toussus Le Noble

Toussus Le Noble Piper PA28 F-GIEE AFMAé

A little more adventurous, Toussus Le Noble is a primary general aviation airfield for Paris. It requires venturing a little further inland, and dealing with Paris ATC. But it’s worth it, with proximity to the capital for a nice weekend trip. The airport is geared towards light aircraft, so you’ll be welcome.



Alderney Airport
For something overseas which isn’t necessarily as intimidating as another country, try Alderney. The smaller of the three main Channel Islands off the cost of Normandy, this is a tiny little airport with one concrete and two grass runways. However, it is very welcoming to general aviation and holds a popular fly-in every year. You can easily explore the small island from here, or take a local scenic flight around Jersey and Guernsey.


Groningen Eelde

D-EPJB Cirrus SR.20 @ Groningen Eelde 07-May-2017 by Johan Hetebrij


Turning our eyes east this time, Groningen is an airport in the north of the Netherlands which has none of the stress of Amsterdam or Rotterdam. It has one main concrete runway and plenty of parking, and general aviation is definitely welcome. Routing direct from East Anglia or Lincolnshire, it’s a fairly short flight across the North Sea.



The view from Scrabo Tower

Now looking west and staying within the United Kingdom again, Newtownards is a general aviation airport in Northern Ireland. It is located at the northern head of Strangford Lough, which makes for a scenic approach. Home to the Ulster Flying Club, you’ll be welcome here and can use it as a base to explore Belfast or the coast.


Have you made an overseas flight yet? Why not leave a comment below with your recommendations and tips. Or why not send in a trip report and pictures?


Matt Falcus is a private pilot and aviation writer. He has been flying since 2006, taking the opportunity whenever the British weather allows to explore the local area and other airfields. He is author of a number of aviation books.

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