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London is a major international hub for air travel with six major airports serving the city. London Heathrow Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the UK followed by Gatwick Airport. Others include Stansted, Luton, London City and London Southend Airports. Together the six airports account for around 60% of all air traffic in the UK, connecting to nearly 400 international destinations and 15 destinations in the country. Several modes of ground transport including coaches, shuttle services, trains and taxis connect the airports to various destinations in London. There are also inter-airport coach services operated by National Express between Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton Airports.

London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport is the largest airport serving London as well as the UK. It’s one of the busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic with extensive connections with major cities across the four corners of the world. The airport has extensive connections with major cities from across the four corners of the world. Heathrow Airport is the home base and main hub for British Airways, which accounts for nearly 40% of all flights at the airport. Within the UK, British Airways flies between Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne.

British Airways aircraft at Heathrow Airport by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport after Heathrow in terms passenger traffic. The airport handles full service and low-cost airlines as well as charter flights. International flights are mostly within Europe and flights on the domestic routes include Aberdeen, Belfast, Cornwall, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Man and Jersey. Gatwick is the second base for British Airways and other airlines here include EasyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomas Cook, Thomson and Virgin Atlantic.

North Terminal at Gatwick Airport by Martin Roell

London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is the third busiest airport serving London. The airport has connections with over 170 cities mainly in Europe but also includes a few flights with North Africa, Central and North America. Connections within the UK include Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Guernsey. Stansted is a major base for low-cost airline Ryanair, serving over 130 destinations. Other budget airlines operating here include EasyJet,, Eurowings, Thomas Cook and Thomson Airways.

Stansted Airport terminal by Albion

London Luton Airport

Luton Airport is the fourth busiest airport serving London. The vast majority of the international flights handled by the airport are to and from cities within Europe. Cities connected on the domestic routes include Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Airlines using Luton include EasyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways, Vueling and Wizz Air. Additionally, Monarch Airlines and Thomson Airways have their head offices based at the airport.

Passenger terminal at Luton Airport by Jnpet

London City Airport

London City Airport is located in London’s Royal Docks about 11 km (7 miles) from London’s two financial districts at the Square Mile and Canary Wharf. The airport mainly serves business travellers but also used by leisure travellers. International flights are within Western Europe and cities connected on the domestic routes include Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey. Airlines using the airport include British Airways, CityJet and Flybe.

Aerial view of London City Airport by Frans Zwart

London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport is located about 68 km (42 miles) from Central London in Essex County. International flights are with a few cities in Western Europe including Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Cologne, Malaga and Paris. Currently, there are no domestic flights landing at Southend Airport. EasyJet and Flybe are the main airlines at the airport while Thomson Airways operates seasonal flights to the holiday destination of Palma de Mallorca.

London Southend Airport by Chris J Wood

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