I have travelled through both LHR
(T1 and T4
) and LGW
(South) in the last 3 months and my meory of both is fresh. I have also been to both airports many many times earlier as well...
In my opinion LGW
was way more chaotic and 'scary' if i may use that word than LHR
. IN LGW
it seemed like there is no organisation to things whatsoever. Waiting in the line to go into the departure area was a nightmare. It was hundreds of people just squishing together and waiting in, what seemed to be one huge and stuffy line, for 40 minutes!
On the other hand i have a much better experience with LHR
. It looked and felt more civilised. Somehow people seemed more civilised. No i am not saying that people in LGW
are not civilised it is just the organisation of things at LGW
makes it seem less civilised.
However once you do go through the crazy ordeal that is passing through the security checkpoint LGW
is a very nice airport. Nice layout and shops and quite user-friendly.
What a difference from the general airport area!
I preffer LHR