DAL12 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4152 times:
Gatwick -- I've heard many ridiculous stories about the immigration officials in Heathrow. Never heard anything of the sort about Gatwick. Furthermore, Gatwick is much more convenient for me, staying usually in Surrey County.
Rongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4126 times:
I prefer neither of them. I specify AMS for arrival into Europe and transfer to anywhere other than London itself. If I have to arrive in London there is usually no choice, but everything (yes, everything) about Heathrow is the pits.
Dreamexpress From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4102 times:
Gatwick. LHR is a nightmare especially from T3.
I know alot of people that work at LHR and they think its the best airport in the world, LGW,BHX,MAN are just airfields. Cant wait till LGW gets its well deserved 6 runways and 9 terminals! That will piss em off...
Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3918 times:
Heathrow--For the pilot and spotter in me. Unparalled as far as air traffic and variety of airlines.
Gatwick--A lot easier for travelers. It's further out which means it takes longer to get to and it's more expensive to get to. But the extra time and money reward you with a nicer terminal, less crowds, and less chaos.
Aviation Photographers & Enthusiasts--Coordinate your life.
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3859 times:
I haven't been to Gatwick, so I can't speak to that.
But Heathrow was pretty good to me. But I have to tell you, the bus transfer from the international terminal to the domestic terminal, for my flight up to MAN was a little scary. Here is this huge bus filled with passengers, positively flying down these narrow little alleyways, missing trucks and other vehicles by mere feet. For a 16-year old who had just arrived in country, it was a very intense introduction to British driving! lol!
(It was also funny because you could totally tell who the Americans were, because we were all freaking out by this experience, while everyone else sat there and laughed at us. )
As far as Customs goes, I had no problems. All these "horror" stories about Customs at Heathrow were not something I witnessed. I breezed right through...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3788 times:
For convenience getting to London/Home counties - LHR
For transfers LGW.
LHR is an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE for any transfer, especially if you have to change terminals. And if you have to transfer from the Central Area to T4, your luggage WILL NOT MAKE YOUR CONNECTION unless you have at least 3 hours between flights - ignore the published minimum connecting time, its given as 1 hour which is a joke.
COspn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3727 times:
LGW 'cause they say there is no space for CO at LHR (so they say), but we will fly to every airport in the UK/Ireland from EWR untill we get in. .Some airlines opertating to LHR are from countries that did not exist when CO first applied for slots at LHR..How is that for fair..But dont worry the LHR service will be in addition to LGW and the rest..
Senorbob From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3666 times:
Of the two, I prefer Heathrow, purely because it is closer to where I live and it has the most extensive range of flights, but Gatwick is by far the easiest to travel through.
But, I actually don't like either and am embarrassed by the pitiful state of this countries premier airports. Why BAA can't get it's act together and sort out the day to day management of both airports now is beyond me. Arriving at Terminal 3 is especially depressing - miles to walk, confusing signage, gloomy corridors and immigration hall and the baggage hall is always littered with uncollected suitcases. Not to mention rude staff and a feeling that the place is generally unclean.
Having recently flown into T3 from Copenhagen really made me realise how far we have to go to achieve world class airport status. I guess the only way to deal with the problems at LHR is to close parts of the old terminals when T5 opens and completely gut/rebuild them. This should remove the inconsistencies caused by the various terminal extensions that have happened over the years.
Richardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
If you have visited some of the best airports in the world, especially Chek Lap Kok, you will realise how bad LHR is. The British don't seem to be able to copy from others. T2 is one of the worst at Heathrow.
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3367 times:
In terms of a traveller, I prefer MAN over anything in London. Given the country's wealth I am surprised at the state of its premier airports, so I am eagerly awaiting T5 (bad luck if you're not flying a OW carrier...)
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3351 times:
I have never been to Gatwick but I flew many times to/from Heathrow.
From a passengers view: I hate Terminal 2, it is too crowded during the rush hours and the building is simply too old. From a spotters view is Heathrow absolutely amazing because of the variety of airlines and airplanes, there are also some great spots for example Hatton Cross or the field in front of runway 09.
: I have to say that I wasn't as impressed with LHR as I thought I would be. Of course, I flew into and out of T3, which isn't that nice in my opinion.
: Heathrow, by a long shot. I just love the atmosphere, every time I go there it feels the same, its so busy and cosmopolitan, and obviously very exciti
: LHR is fascinating for the variety of airlines etc, however neither of them rates well in terms of manueverability. LGW is a nightmare for non EU trav
: Gatwick is far superior in that it has many times more rail connection than Heathrow. Last summer going from Gatwick to Bath was a simple easy affair,
: Flown from both of them this year and Gatwick wins hands down for me. LHR isnt that bad but again its not good but variety of a/c and airlines are unr
: Flown from all the terminals in both of them many times (except T5, of course ) Terminal 1: Early morning is hell for checking in, especially BMI. I f
: Gatwick is twice the distance from my home but takes half the time to get there. The area around Heathrow is too built up and transport, especially by