Airports - information and advice
London Gatwick - LGW
Gatwick is located 28 miles south of London, it has excellent
rail and road links making it very easily accessible. Gatwick began
its life back in 1931 as a private airfield that was owned by the
Home Counties Aviaton Services. Offically known as London's second
airport it has established itself as a major international hub, and
the current owners BAA are investing £100million in redevelopment.
The airport has two terminals- North and South- which 70 airlines
fly to over 200 worldwide destinations. It is now Britain's second
busiest airport, with a staggering 30million passengers taking off
from its single runway each year.
London Heathrow - LHR
Heathrow airport is located 15 miles west of London, the
airport has excellent public transport links from central London
and all over the rest of the country. Heatrow airport began its
life as a small grass airfield that was privately owned. Then in
1946 the Ministry of Civil Aviation took over and the tented
terminal was soon replaced, and by 1947 three new runways had been
completed. Today Heathrow is the UK's busiest airport and handles a
staggering 64 million passengers per year, and flies to over 170
London Stansted - STN
Stansted airport is located close to Stevenage and Chelmsford,
approximately 40 miles north-east of the central London.
Stansted Airport was first developed in 1942 as a USAAF bomber
base during the war. It has continued to develop since then as one
of Londons main airports and is now the city's fourth major
airport, home of the British budget airline and sees 19 million
passengers through its doors each year.
London Luton - LTN
Luton Airport is located just 32 miles from Central London,
close to the M1 and M25 with good transport links around the
country. The airport was officially opened in 1938 and now plays an
important rols as part of London's airport network. Over 6 million
passengers fly from Luton each year and there are over 60
City of London - LCY
London City Airport is loacted just six miles from the City of
London and has good tranport connections from both inside and
outside the city. Discussions for an airport in the Docklands area
first began in 1981 and the
London City Airport was officailly opened in 1987. Today the
airport transports 1.5 million passengers to over 25 destinations a
year and is an important business transport link for the
Kent International Airport - MSE
Kent International Airport (KIA formerly London Manston) is
located on the Thanet Peninsula just two miles west of Ramsgate.
The airport first began as a seaplane base on the bay at
Westgate-on-Sea back in 1914 and today Kent International is the
gateway to the South East and useful for passengers not wanting to
travel into London.
Lydd Airport is located 22km south of Ashford, Kent. The
airfield was first constructed after the Second World War and has
recently undertaken a multi-million pound improvement programme
which included 13 acres of brand new apron and a newly regulated
and resurfaced runway.
Lydd Airport handles about 4,500 passengers a year.