Which Airport Should I Fly to in Britain?

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Britain is served by many international airports. The London area has two major airports Heathrow (mainly scheduled flights) and Gatwick (both scheduled and charter flights), neither of which is actually located within London itself. Heathrow is located 15 miles (24 km) to the west and Gatwick is located 24 miles (40 km) south of London, so once you have landed you will need to travel some distance into the centre. Both airports have fast rail links to London, which run on a regular schedule (approx every 15 minutes during the day). On the negative side, both of these airports can be extremely busy, especially during the peak season. In particular at Heathrow (the world's busiest airport), where it can be a long walk to the central terminus from the runway gateway and queues at immigration can be very long.

London does however have a small airport, within the city: London City Airport but this only uses small aircraft to fly into major European cities. However, if you do fly into London City Airport, access to the public transport system (underground and buses) in London, is very quick and easy, allowing you to reach your destination much faster.

There are two other regional international airports serving London, at Luton and Stansted, which are less busy than Heathrow and Gatwick and really not that much further away due to their fast train links. Stansted is a good alternative choice, as the train station is actually located inside the airport terminus and the Stansted Express can get you into London's Liverpool Street Station in just 45 minutes.

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