Heathrow airport is a major international airport serving London. Located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, in West London, Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe and it is also the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic. For most visitors to the UK the choice of airport is a no-brainer, in fact some people probably are not aware of any other airports on our little island!In actual fact you may be surprised to learn that the UK has no less than 10 other International airports situated in locations right across the United Kingdom. There are many great reasons to use these airports as an alternative to Heathrow and here are just a few good reasons to consider avoiding Heathrow when thinking about where to arrive in the UK.
The proximity to other cities: if you don't have to travel to London, using an alternative to Heathrow are usually a far better option. This will save you the stress of a huge airport and the time and money spent travelling from Heathrow to your destination within the UK.
The size of the airport: Heathrow is the biggest airport in Europe so it can be more than a little confusing and stressful for customers to use an airport with so many terminals. All of our other airports are much smaller although still large enough to cope with international passengers. It is often much easier to find your way around a smaller local airport.
The cost: Landing in Heathrow airport is frequently more expensive than in the other ones. Many airports reduce their fares in order to encourage passengers away from Heathrow so you can really pick up a bargain. If you also avoid the British school holidays (different dates between Scotland and rest of UK) you can get an even better deal.
Low cost airlines: People are travelling more and more on low cost airlines and Heathrow deals with very few of these. London airports like Stansted and Gatwick and all other UK airports take advantage of this and their passengers take advantage of the prices!
Saving time: if you're going to travel for the UK for a limited time and you want to travel round and see as much as you can, you will save a lot of time and money by flying into one airport and flying back from another. Travelling from Glasgow to London for example is a day's travel to why not begin in London and return home from Glasgow to maximise your time here.
Travel where you're familiar: Often you will find that your local airport does not fly to your preferred destination. Passengers elect to travel from their local airport to the wrong airport and have to travel within an unfamiliar country. It's always worth checking other airports in your country as it may be easier and cheaper to travel to one of those and fly directly to your preferred destination.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2016-09-14 06:08:07