You might be thinking of starting to cross off places in your travel bucket list and started to wonder: “which airport will be the best for me to use?”. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! It’s a pretty normal question to ask, even more so when only the capital is home to six airports.
I recently chatted to Aviation Spares & Repairs, who work within the aviation industry and have done so for over 30 years. Within this time, they’ve been to thousands of airports and gained a significant amount of knowledge about their ins and outs. So, let us jump into it!
For international flights: London Heathrow
The busiest airport in the UK, London Heathrow airport is favoured for domestic flights, international flights and connecting flights.
How to get there? From central London, Heathrow airport offers the fastest way to get to and from the airport – the Heathrow Express train. It’s a non-stop train which takes 15 minutes between terminals 2 and 3 and London Paddington.
What to expect? Heathrow airport is definitely the best-served airport in London with a comprehensive selection of facilities and major airlines. Even though it’s an extremely busy airport, you’ll always find a place to sit and relax before boarding your flight.
For frequent flyers: London Gatwick
London Gatwick is the perfect airport for frequent flyers. It offers myGatwick, a member discount programme, which provides different benefits to their customers every time they fly.
How to get there? Even though a train to Gatwick airport takes you 30 minutes, it can be quite pricey. If you are on a budget, the best alternative would be taking a coach from Victoria Coach Station to Gatwick.
What to expect? London Gatwick offers excellent and fast security to its visitors and frequent customers. It has great retail shop and restaurant choices plus, it has a wide choice of scheduled flights.
For budget flights to Europe: London Stansted
If you are on a budget, London Stansted is your go-to airport. As an article on CNN Travel mentions, “Stansted is hugely popular with those taking budget flights to and from the continent.”
How to get there? The fastest and easiest way to get to the airport is by train. The Stansted Express train runs every 15 minutes and takes around 45 minutes to and from London Liverpool Street. Plus, National Railcard discounts can be applied in this journey.
What to expect? London Stansted is a small airport with only one terminal. It’s quite a busy airport regarding its size, but it’s understandable when it offers highly affordable flights. It has a wide range of retail shops and restaurants where you can spend time before boarding your plane.
What about you – what’s your favourite airport to fly from?
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