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Top 10 UK Locations for Aerospace and Aviation Jobs
Aerospace and aviation is an important job sector in the UK. With some of the world’s largest manufactures operating here, there’s a lot of opportunity to start – and advance – a career in the industry.
We’ve compiled a list of the top locations for aerospace and aviation jobs, so you can set your sights on the right jobs in the right location. But of course – the sky’s the limit!
Employers in the area: Airbus, easyJet, Flybmi, Ryanair, Thales, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
Local airports: Bristol, Cardiff, Cotswold, Exeter
Overview: Bristol is a hub of aerospace and aviation jobs, with manufacturers and airlines operating in the area. Airbus has a notable presence, employing engineers to design and manufacture hi-tech wings for all Airbus planes, as well as their fuel systems. Bristol Airport is also in the top 10 busiest airports in the UK, with over 8 million passengers travelling through it in 2017.
Employers in the area: BAE Systems, CAA, Thales, TUI Airways, Virgin Atlantic
Local airports: Farnborough, Heathrow, Gatwick, Shoreham
Overview: Crawley is home to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the UK’s regulatory body for all air travel. Located just south of Gatwick airport, it’s an ideal location for aviation and aerospace jobs alike. There are two major airports within an hour’s drive – Heathrow and Gatwick – while smaller airports such as Farnborough and Shoreham serve domestic flights. BAE Systems’s HQ is also found in Farnborough.
Employers in the area: Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, British Airways, CAA, easyJet, NATS, Thales, RAF, Raytheon, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Titan Airways, Virgin Atlantic
Local airports: Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Luton, Stansted, Southend
Overview: London is a hub for all transport jobs, and certainly for aerospace and aviation. With the world’s second busiest airport on its doorstep – Heathrow – as well as the top UK airports, commercial and freight aviation companies flock here. You can also find the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)’s offices in Holborn, the Royal Air Force (RAF)’s Air Staff offices in Whitehall, and Raytheon’s HQ in Essex.
Employers in the area: easyJet, Ryanair, TUI Airways
Local airports: Luton, Cranfield, Heathrow, London City, Oxford, Stansted
Overview: Luton is listed as an extension of London. The airport, which is known as London Luton, is home to both easyJet and TUI Airways’ headquarters. It serves almost 16 million passengers a year, making it the fifth busiest airport in the UK.
Employers in the area: Airbus, Flybe, Raytheon, Thomas Cook Airlines
Local airports: Manchester Airport, City Airport, Blackpool Airport, Liverpool Airport
Overview: Manchester Airport is the third busiest in the UK, seeing a staggering 27 million passengers go down its runways each year. Alongside commercial flights, the area is home to Airbus in Salford, and radar manufacturer Raytheon.
Employers in the area: Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
Local airports: Birmingham, Coventry, East Midlands, Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green
Overview: Birmingham Airport is the seventh busiest in the UK, with over 12 million passengers flying to domestically and internationally the centrally located city. It has five major UK airline operators at the airport, with many more international operators.
Employers in the area: British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thales, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
Local airports: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick
Overview: With three busy airports under an hour from Glasgow, it’s one of the main aviation hubs of Scotland. Glasgow Airport is the eighth busiest airport in the UK, seeing over 9 million passengers pass through its doors each year.
Employers in the area: easyJet, Jet2, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
Local airports: Newcastle, Durham Tees Valley, Eshott, Ouston
Overview: Newcastle airport serves over 5 million passengers each year, making it the second busiest in the north of England. As well as commercial flights, it permits flight instruction at its grounds, and ASL Airlines uses it for cargo.
Employers in the area: easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thales, Thomas Cook Airlines
Local airports: Belfast, Aldergrove, Belfast City, City of Derry
Overview: Belfast Airport places in the top 10 busiest in the UK. Alongside five major commercial airline operators using the airport, aerospace and aviation manufacturer Thales has an office in the region.
10. East Midlands
Employers in the area: Flybe, Thomas Cook Airlines, UPS
Local airports: East Midlands, Aeros Nottingham, Doncaster Sheffield
Overview: The East Midlands airport serves Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham. With two major airlines using the airport for regular service, and cargo from American firm UPS, it sees up to 77,000 aircraft movements per year.
More on Aerospace & Aviation jobs
Looking for more career information in this industry? Have a read of our guide to aerospace and aviation jobs, which explains what it’s like to work in the sector, as well as providing useful CV templates, a list of popular jobs, and more information on what employers are looking for.