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Dundee Airport was first built on reclaimed Firth of Tay land in 1963. Today, this airport still stands less than two miles from Scotland's fourth largest city, accessible with car hire in Dundee Airport. The nearby Tay Rail Bridge is among the first of Dundee's landmarks passengers see as they enter the city aboard Flybe or CityJet flights. Flybe travels non-stop to Belfast and Birmingham, while CityJet flights are Dundee's direct link to London. Seasonal charter flights regularly fly to the island of Jersey.
A local company called Arnold Clark operates car rental in Dundee Airport alongside Avis, Alamo, and Europcar. The Fresh Jet Café serves homemade sandwiches and baked goods to passengers and meetings of up to 70 people. The café also sells souvenirs and reading material. Passengers can use the internet, purchase vending machine snacks, or peruse magazines or newspapers in the departures lounge. Tourist information leaflets are free for passengers to take in several display stands.
Driving around Dundee is easy. Riverside Drive connects Dundee Airport and its city centre with the A90, the main route between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The biggest challenges of Dundee driving are rush hour traffic, around the Forth Bridge area and the mobile speed cameras on the A90 through Dundee's northern suburbs. Compare car hire before arrival to obtain the best deals.
The history of Dundee dates back eight centuries, and its northern suburbs are situated directly along the A90 route between Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Both cities are less than 90 minutes from Dundee, while Glasgow lies two hours to Dundee's southwest. The ancient seaside town of St Andrews and its namesake university, Scotland's oldest, are even closer to Dundee. No matter which direction motorists choose to take, they will encounter beautiful highland scenery.
Dundee and its surrounding Tayside region enjoy warmer daily temperatures than the communities to their north. This is especially true in spring and summer. Dundee's average warmest summer temperature reaches just over 25°C, but Dundee summer temperatures generally average slightly more than 17°C. Dundee is known as Scotland's sunniest city, but can still be quite rainy in autumn and winter.