Overview. In 2015, Gatwick became the first single-runway airport to handle more than 40 million passengers annually. By 2016, EasyJet accounted for over 40% of Gatwick’s total passengers. When ranked by global passenger traffic, Gatwick is 35th busiest internationally and the eighth busiest airport in Europe.
London Heathrow, which handles over 80 million international passengers annually, is the largest airport in the UK. London’s second-busiest airport, London Gatwick, was until 2016 the world’s busiest single-runway airport. Manchester Airport is the United Kingdom’s third-busiest airport.
The Stansted Express is the fastest way to get to Stansted Airport from central London. You can catch the train to Stansted from London Liverpool Street or Tottenham Hale (via Stratford or the London Underground Victoria line). Trains run up to every 15 minutes. Check the Stansted Express website to plan your journey.
I find getting from Gatwick to central London is quicker and easier than Heathrow. The trains ride can be as quick as 30 minutes and services leave every few minutes. If you’re heading to Wimbledon or near, that’s easy from Gatwick, simple change at Clapham junction.
Gatwick Airport is overall the best London Airport to fly into, given its accessibility, range of both budget and regular airlines, easy navigability, and shorter border control waiting times. Heathrow Airport is also an excellent option because of its international flight options.
Possible Day Trips from London. If you only have 3 days in London you certainly won’t need to leave the city for want of things to do. If this is your first visit, we actually would recommend spending the full 3 days in London as there is so much to see, do, eat, and take…