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Arriving by plane into London

London is one of the world's biggest and busiest hubs in the world and with five International airports, London has a thousands of people arriving and departing daily. Below is a list of London's main airports:

 

Heathrow International Airport


Heathrow International Aiport is located 22km west of the city and its world's busiest international airport. Heathrow is also the world's second busiest cargo port. Regarded as the hub of the aviation world, over 90 airlines have made Heathrow their base. For more information on Heathrow International Airport go to www.heathrowairport.com or www.baa.com/main/airports/heathrow

British Airways Aviation (BAA) owns and operates seven UK airports- Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Southampton. Nearly one in five of the world's international air passengers travel through UK airports.

 

Train

On June 23, 1998 the Heathrow Express rail link was built, connecting Heathrow to Paddington station in the heart of London. It's just 15 minutes to and from Terminals 1, 2, and 3, and five minutes more from terminal 4. Convenient and reliable, trains depart every 15 minutes, 365 days a year. For more information on the Heathrow Express go to www.heathrowexpress.co.uk

 

Bus

London Transport operates Airbuses, providing an express service between Heathrow and central London. National Express runs direct Rapide coach services from Heathrow to most parts of the UK including Manchester 11 times a day. Speedlink luxury coaches also connect Heathrow with Gatwick and coaches depart every 30 minutes. London Transport  run services 81, 105, 111, 140, 222, 285, 555, 556, 557, 726, A10, H30, N105, N140, N285, U3, and its night bus N9 operate from Heathrow Central bus station to various parts of London. The Oxford Bus Company runs the Oxford Express service directly between Heathrow and Oxford at half-hourly intervals during the day and two-hourly intervals throughout the night. Green Line also operates local services. For more information on the London Transport go to www.gobycoach.com or www.londontransport.co.uk

 

Fast Facts about Heathrow
•    The airport handles over 70 million passengers a year.
•    It handles over 100 million items of luggage every year.
•    It employs over 70,000 airport workers.
•    Over 90 airlines fly to Heathrow and they fly to over 180 destinations.
•    There are over 1350 flights per day and counting.

 

 

Luton International Airport


Luton International Airport is located 52km northwest of central London. It’s the 7th largest airport in the U.K. For more information on Luton International Airport go to www.london-luton.co.uk or www.london-luton.com

 

Train

In autumn 1999 a new railway station, Luton Airport Parkway was opened by the airport. The journey from Kings Cross takes less than 30 minutes and there are up to 11 trains every hour. A free shuttle bus takes passengers on the 1.8 km journey to the terminal. The price to get to Kings Cross is £10.90, but prices are subject to change.


Bus

There are express buses that will take you into central London and they depart every 15 – 20 minutes. The journey time is just under an hour, so I hope you have a good book to read. The best companies are Flightline, Jetlink and National Express. For more information go to www.gobycoach.com or www.london-luton.com

 

 

 

Gatwick International Airport


Gatwick International Airport is located 45km south of central London. It’s the busiest single runway airport in the world, the second largest airport in the U.K. and the sixth busiest international airport in the world. For more information on Gatwick International Airport go to www.gatwickairport.com or www.baa.com/main/airports/gatwick

 

Train

The Gatwick Express takes just 30 minutes to reach the airport from Victoria, while the city is less than 40 minutes away on Thameslink. A single ticket costs £13 and a return costs £24, but prices are subject to change. For more information on the Gatwick Express go to www.gatwickexpress.co.uk

 

Bus

There are express buses that will take you into central London and they depart every 15 – 20 minutes. The best companies are Flightline, Jetlink and National Express. For more information go to www.gobycoach.com

 

 

 

Stansted International Airport


Stansted International Airport
is London's third international gateway and its located 46km northeast of London. With year to year growth of around 19%, it is one of Europe's fastest growing airports. BAA investment in Stansted has made it the main base for low- cost European scheduled airlines. For more information on Stansted International Airport go to www.stanstedairport.com or www.baa.com/main/airport/stansted

 

Train

The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes from 0800 to 1700 weekdays every 30 minutes early morning, evening weekdays, and weekends. The journey time is 41 minutes to the city of London, Liverpool Street Station. The cost of a single ticket is £14.50 and a return is £24, but prices are subject to change.

 

Bus

Terravision runs a non-stop Express Shuttle coach service between Stansted airport and London Victoria (journey time 75 minutes) or Liverpool Street (journey time 55 minutes).  Tickets to Liverpool Street are £12.50 return and to Victoria £13.50, but prices are subject to change.

 

 



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