Useful Guidelines Regarding London Airports


London is the epicentre of tourist attractions with many historical monuments, important landmarks, museums, theatres, art galleries, technological wonders and many fine dining options and pubs. It is also the hub of economic, commercial and business activities of Europe as it is home to a large number of business offices of important corporate organisations, businesses and banks. The importance of the city is highlighted by the fact that millions of tourists and business travellers come to the city every year. In order to deal with such high volume of air traffic comprising of both people coming into the city and leaving the city, there are five major airports. Moreover, the city also offers all types of accommodation options so that the visitors can find a suitable place to stay according to their needs and budget. One of the most popular, comfortable and affordable places to stay is Park Grand London Paddington that also offers the added advantage of a superior location in the heart of the city close to the various places of interest.

There are five major airports in London that provide convenient connections to most places of the world and also in the country. These are Gatwick and Heathrow which are the most important and busy ones as well as Stansted, Luton and London City. A large majority of flights from other international airports arrive at Heathrow and Gatwick.

Heathrow: Located in Hillingdon in West London, England UK, London Heathrow Airport is a major international airport and the busiest in the United Kingdom. It is also the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic. Going by total passenger traffic, Heathrow is the third busiest in the world, handling more international passengers than any other airport. The airport has two parallel east-west runways and five airport terminals to be able to cope with the large volume of passenger traffic through the airport. It is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations in the world and it is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic. People staying at Park Grand London Paddington have the advantage of being able to reach Heathrow Airport with ease because they can simply take a short walk to Paddington Station and board the non-stop Paddington Express to reach Heathrow in about 20 minutes. You can also take the Piccadilly line of the London Underground. The Heathrow Connect is a stopping service to and from Paddington station to Heathrow and it takes about 27 minutes for the journey. Coach services are also available from Victoria Coach station.

Gatwick: London Gatwick is located almost 30 miles south of central London. It is the second biggest airport of London and the second busiest in the UK by total passenger traffic, after Heathrow. It is also Europe’s leading airport for point-to-point flights and has the world’s busiest single-use runway, with a maximum of 55 aircraft-movements per hour. It has two terminals, North and South that cover an area of 1,050,000 sq ft and 1,700,000 sq ft respectively. Nearly 35.4 million passengers passed through the airport in 2013. People living in the south of England such as Hampshire and West Sussex tend to use Gatwick for international flights to Europe and beyond. Guests at Park Grand London Paddington can get easy connectivity from Paddington Station to Victoria Station and from there they can take Gatwick Express to reach Gatwick Airport.

As holidaymakers, those living in the south of England, such as Hampshire and West Sussex, tend to use Gatwick for international flights to Europe and beyond.

Luton: Located 35 miles from central London on the outskirts of the area of Luton, the airport connects passengers to Europe in a majority of its routes, although some flights head to North Africa and Asia. It is the fourth-largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Less than 9.7 million passengers passed through the airport making it the sixth busiest airport in the UK. Most of the routes served by the airport are within Europe but there are a few charter and scheduled routes to places in Northern Africa and Asia. For reaching Park Grand London Paddington, people can take East Midlands Trains from Luton Airport Parkway to reach Leicester from where they can take a tube to Paddington. A shuttle bus service connects the Luton Airport Parkway station to the airport, a distance of just one mile.

Stansted: Stansted Airport is located thirty miles north-east of London and serves as a base for many of the low-cost carriers including Ryanair, the budget provider. In 2013, it was the fourth busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. It links the city with a plethora of European destinations, including the Canaries, Balearics and the mainland. The Stansted Express connects the Stansted Airport railway station, which is situated at the terminal building, to London Liverpool Street in central London covering the journey in 45 to 53 minutes. London Liverpool Street is served by the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and the Metropolitan lines of the London Underground network offering easy access to Paddington and other areas of London.

London City Airport: Located in the former Docklands site in the London Borough of Newham, about 7 miles east of the City of London and quite close to east of Canary Wharf, London City Airport has a single 4,900 ft long runway that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for the flight training. Only multi-engine, fixed-wing aircraft with special aircraft approaches are allowed to conduct operations at this airport. The airport served over 3.3 million passengers in 2013. It was the fifth busiest airport in terms of passengers and aircraft movements serving the London area. The airport is well-connected to the Tube network as it has its own stop on the Docklands Light Railway which takes you to Tube interchange stations such as Canning Town, Stratford and Bank.