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User currently offlineTony Lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4205 times:

Which Airport do you prefer?

Tony

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User currently offlineDAL12 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4164 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.

User currently offlineAndrewAir From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

I like Heathrow just because its a bigger airport with more variety of airlines.




AMc


User currently offlineRongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4138 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.

User currently offlineDreamexpress From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4114 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...


User currently offlineDFWLandingPath From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4070 times:

I prefer Heathrow due to the fact that it is a lot more accessable from the city. A lot cheaper to take the tube rather than the Gatwick Express.

Cheers,
DFWLandingPath


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4046 times:
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Maybe Gatwick is more convenient and has fewer 'nightmares' for passengers, but in terms of the variety of aircraft and airlines, Heathrow is untouchable.



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User currently offlineThomacf From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3994 times:

Heathrow, much easier to get to the city and has an awesome variety of widebodies and airlines. However, I think both airports are a dump compared to many of the US airports and SE Asian airports.


User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3930 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.

pilottim747



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User currently offlineBN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5613 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

Heathrow Rocks!...gatwick doesn't. .End of story!
BN747



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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3871 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.  Laugh out loud)

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...


User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3808 times:
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but in terms of the variety of aircraft and airlines, Heathrow is untouchable.


You should have been their in the 70's, a lot more airlines, before they all merged or went bankrupt, and a huge variety of aircraft, before they all looked the same.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3800 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.



User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

From a spotting point of view, I just love LHR.

Want to go back asap!

Frederic


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Hmm... LHR. I have flown from T1 several times, T2 once, and T4 a couple of times. I want to fly from T3.  Smile


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User currently offlineCOspn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3739 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.  Smile .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..

User currently offlineSenorbob From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3678 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.


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

Pearson: soon you may add T5 to that list! Big grin

Frederic


User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3571 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.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

"Pearson: soon you may add T5 to that list!"

Very true!  Big grin



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User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

LGW - I think it is a lot nicer place, it feels cozy in some way  Big grin

User currently offlineKillerbabe From Netherlands, joined Aug 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

both airports are a hell.I prefer AMS.

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

LGW North Terminal is OK. Curious how Air 2000 got in there.

User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3379 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...)

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3363 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.

Patrick


25 Ual747 : 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.
26 EGGD : 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
27 AirJamPanAm : 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
28 DesertJets : 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,
29 BDRules : 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
30 Post contains images Planesarecool : 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
31 Steve6666 : 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
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