Is it really true that BAA security staff at LHR are as surly as the staff at VIE? I haven’t experienced VIE so I’m curious.
But,generally, I agree with the choices.LHR is a mediocre airport, which is why some of us come down hard on it VK. Having said that, T5 doesn’t seem to suffer from the same drawbacks as the other 4.And, at least BAA don’t charge you for drop-offs at LHR.Still, Ferrovial should simply invite the people behind Changi or Chep Lap Kok to come and run LHR!
As for AMS, not a bad airport but, with short connections, it can be quite hit-and-miss.I’m guessing if you miss,say,your only KLM flight of the day to La Paz, the relevant authorities either rebook you on another airline or put you up at one of the Schipol hotels?
As far as regional airports go, ABZ and EDI are pretty handy and easy to use.