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LGW Or Lhr?

Wed Oct 10, 2001 10:32 pm

If I were to go to London, should I fly into LGW or LHR? Which is better in your opinion? Which gets more heavy traffic?
 
CPDC10-30
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:17 pm

LHR is much more convenient in my experience. It is directly connected to the underground and it doesn't take too long to get to central London. Gatwick is in a rural area and the transportation is not as good...you have to pay an expensive fare for a dirty, disgusting train ride. The terminal was under renovation while I was there, but the check-in area was undersized and chaotic.

On the other hand however, if you have a few hours to spare, Gatwick is a spotter's pleasure. You get a great view of the runway from comfort of the departure lounge cafe.
 
VS744
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:28 pm

LHR - no competition. Gatwick is not even close!
Terminal 2 has an awsome viewing gallery on the roof and you will see all sorts of a/c at LHR - concorde included, and a lot of widebodies!
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Besides, LGW is full of charter a/c and its not a very attractive airport!
 
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 11:33 am

Having experienced both, I would choose LHR any day.
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 11:39 am

LGW is very nice. Comparable to all the nice airports in the US at least (LAX, JFK, etc.).

The terminal looked newly rennovated in mid-January. The only bad part was the 500,000 mile/kilometer hike to Delta's gates.

As for Gatwick Express, I thought it was about the same as the New York City subway.
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mls515
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 11:44 am



LHR is the obvious choice, but LGW is still a nice airport in my opinion. I've been to LHR 5 times and LGW twice but I've probably spent more time at Gatwick because I spent an entire evening there.

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VS11
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 12:45 pm

LGW has personality. I love it.
 
thadocta
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 1:03 pm

you have to pay an expensive fare for a dirty, disgusting train ride

You obviously have not done it lately - they have new trains on it these days, comparable to the Heathrow Express.

If you don't want to pay this sort of money, there is also the tube, which is wonderful during the peak hours - no luggage space, no seats on the way out to LHR.

Just what we need.

Dave
 
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RE: Thadocta

Thu Oct 11, 2001 1:11 pm

My last time at LGW was May 2000. The train carriages looked like they were from a third world country.
 
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 4:17 pm

CPDC10-30 - a lot has happened since then, Gatwick Express has new trains now.

Dave
 
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RE: LGW Or Lhr?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 5:23 pm

LGW may have new trains, but the airport is a disgrace. It looks so old fashioned in the arrivals area of the south terminal. I was there on saturday and beleive me, I could have been on a greek islands airport if the weather hadnt reminded me otherwise!