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Flying to London

As an international city, one of the three financial centres of the world and an economic power for centuries, London’s diverse history, community, and attractions welcome approximately 15 million visitors each year.

Flying into London is easy given the many airports that service the city. The biggest is London Heathrow (airport code LHR). Heathrow is the world's second busiest airport and transports more international passengers than any other airport in the world. It is also the hub for BMI, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. London Gatwick Airport (airport code LGW) is the second largest airport in the UK, has the world's busiest single-use runway, and is Europe's leading airport for point-to-point flights. Gatwick is a hub for British Airways and operates EasyJet, British Airways, Monarch, and Thomson airlines most often. London Luton Airport (airport code LTN) flies more than 9 million passengers each year to top destination such as Dublin, Glasgow, and Warsaw. London Stansted Airport's (airport code STN) most frequent carriers are Ryanair, EasyJet, and Deutsche Bahn. The last airport is London City Airport (LCY) which caters to the financial district and flies Air France and British Airways most often.

London's public transportation is very reliable. The Tube offers service within the city and out to the airports. The heralded red double-decker buses run 24 hours a day.

With many districts and neighbourhoods there are a wide variety of things to do and see in London. Perhaps the best way to see London is to take a sightseeing double decker bus that London is famous for. Such a tour will surely drive by Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower of London, and Trafalgar Square.

Not to be missed is the rebuilt Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Reconstructed using the same methods and materials as the original, the new Globe Theater sits just two blocks away from its original location. With the only thatch roof legally allowed in London, visitors can watch a play in the historic theatre very cheaply.

London has a lively nightlife scene. Visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, the oldest pub in London. For nightclubs London is home to Ministry of Sound and Fabric, two of the top clubs in the world.

Flight stats for London - did you know?
  • London is 25 km from Heathrow Airport (London, UK).
  • Heathrow Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 105 airlines operate out of Heathrow Airport.
    • Heathrow Airport offers nonstop flights to 197 cities.
    • Every week, at least 7,980 domestic flights and 15,113 international flights depart from Heathrow Airport.
  • London is 41 km from Gatwick Airport (London, UK).
  • Gatwick Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 60 airlines operate out of Gatwick Airport.
    • Gatwick Airport offers nonstop flights to 224 cities.
    • Every week, at least 1,519 domestic flights and 3,808 international flights depart from Gatwick Airport.
  • London is 10 km from London City Airport (London, UK).
  • London City Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 18 airlines operate out of London City Airport.
    • London City Airport offers nonstop flights to 49 cities.
    • Every week, at least 427 domestic flights and 1,379 international flights depart from London City Airport.
  • London is 46 km from Stansted Airport (London, UK).
  • Stansted Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 25 airlines operate out of Stansted Airport.
    • Stansted Airport offers nonstop flights to 186 cities.
    • Every week, at least 581 domestic flights and 1,785 international flights depart from Stansted Airport.
  • London is 44 km from Luton Airport (London, UK).
  • Luton Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 22 airlines operate out of Luton Airport.
    • Luton Airport offers nonstop flights to 125 cities.
    • Every week, at least 525 domestic flights and 1,330 international flights depart from Luton Airport.
  • London is 55 km from Southend Municipal Airport (Southend-on-Sea, UK).
  • Southend Municipal Airport (Southend-on-Sea, UK)
    • Right now, 3 airlines operate out of Southend Municipal Airport.
    • Southend Municipal Airport offers nonstop flights to 18 cities.
    • Every week, at least 0 domestic flights and 147 international flights depart from Southend Municipal Airport.

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