London Heathrow-The World's Most Interesting Airport.
Kaitak you make an interesting point about domestic UK links to LHR
How important are they?
With nearly every airport of any size having modest, to extensive connections to the continent, do these airports need the direct link to LHR
My initial reaction is "No".
In my years of traveling to and from the UK, I have never connected to a domestic connecting flight....always found rail to my final destination to be a more convenient option....am I the exception, or the rule?
Then there is T5
From what I understand, the new terminal will be able to absorb ALL
, we've alleviated the nasty T1/T4 connections (If I understand the new setup correctly), but is having a bunch of narrowbodies and regional jets clogging up runway capacity the answer just because of the new terminal?
Will London lose out, along with the UK as a whole, in this evolving nature of LHR
? It would be nice if LHR
could be the national air hub like CDG
, or FRA
, but reality being the tough pill to swallow that it is...makes the pursuit futile.
Somehow, someway, the nation synonomous with rail travel is going to have to come up with a way to interlink its airports with highspeed dedicated rail links. Imperative. Getting people to LGW
, and LTN
needs to be an ancillary by-product of any LHR
comes online (in what 2009?), the problem will be exacerbated...all this efficient landside capacity, strangled by heavily regulated and controlled airside capacity.
especially, is going to have a lot of gates, and is going to want to use them....the question is, how?
is near and dear to my heart; an airport I love to hate! But I think it is just that; with so many quirks and nuances to the place, it is just so dang interesting to watch and follow....unlike some antiseptic, bland national airports that are perfect and lovely, expertly planned and executed; that unfortunately have no bloody character at all!
For me, even though many airports in Europe might have a better transit experience, shorter walks, less claustraphobic, more logically laid out....I prefer the nastiness and crowded smelly halls of LHR
. Call me crazy! I may bitch and moan for the 2-3 hours I'm there....but deep down, isn't that the true British way???
I know for a fact one day, when the Central Terminal Area has been ploughed under, the cookie-cutter satellite terminals of T5
have been extended to the East....when LHR
competes to shoulder to shoulder with airports on the continent....I will be VERY Sad. I will walk the spacious galleries with my grandchildren, doing the "I remember when", waxing nostalgic; forgetting all the bad things I used to say under my breath about that lovely airport on the hike to the gate...or customs...or the connecting terminal....or just to find the tube...whatever....it will all of a sudden become distilled in my mind as a reassuring pleasant memory...forgetting that once upon time, Heathrow, was the airport I loved to hate.