Why does London have 6 airports?

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  • Bath_VIP
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    This 10 mins youtube clip is brilliant. Informative and very amusing!

    The other videos about London’s roads and tube lines are also great. I learned quite a lot as well as having a good laugh.


    transtraxman
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    Yes, Jay Foreman has done a lot of shorts like this on various aspects of “Unfinished London” – roads, tube lines etc., “How to Eat Out in London”. All are informative and humerous.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=unfinished+london

    Geoff Marshall usually makes shorts on the different Underground lines. Also very good and informative.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=geoff+marshall+londonist


    AMcWhirter
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    In fact London has *eight* airports and not six.

    Both Biggin Hill and Oxford are designated London area airports.

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    bryan
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    Ten airports in metro London at least. Included is Farnborough, southwest of Greater London; and RAF Northolt in the northwest of Greater London.

    RAF Northolt is a military air base that houses the Queens Flight and aircraft for transport for HM Government.

    The runway and support facilities have long been coveted for many years by corporations and wealthy elites who live in Buckinghamshire and the Chiltern Hills.

    Many are foreigners from the Middle East who fly in private jets to visit their country estates for the weekend.

    Pressure has been heavy for HM Government to open RAF Northolt to private general aviation aircraft of these global billionaires.

    The Saudi extended royal families, numbering in the thousands, in particular want access to this base as it is secured by the Royal Air Force and provides privacy. I

    t is envisioned by them that the RAF would, at UK taxpayer expense, provide security, fuel and maintenance for their jets as they carry out the important affairs of shopping, dining, road racing and slumming in their mansions.

    The air base is at the junction of the strategic M40 and M25. Look it up.


    openfly
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    Ryanair thinks that London has far more airports….London (Birmingham), London(Newquay), London(Cardiff), London (Belfast) and even London (Barra)!!!……..and what about London (Shoreham)??

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    AMcWhirter
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    The runway and support facilities have long been coveted for many years by corporations and wealthy elites who live in Buckinghamshire and the Chiltern Hills.

    In 2016 Flybe expressed a wish to operate at Northolt.

    But not long after it decided to use those LHR remedy slots.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/business-travel/heathrow-gatwick-flybe-third-runway-raf-northolt-flights-a7326281.html


    Bath_VIP
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    Let’s not forget Southampton which is only 70mins away from London by train.

    The other answers repeat the point I made a few years ago that the London/South East area does have a lot of runways but not in the same place. I said before that that is actually a good thing for point to point travellers since they can choose the most convenient runway to fly to. It is only transfer traffic that needs runways in the same place.

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    John
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    Lets not forget LONDON ASHFORD, known locally as LA international.


    canucklad
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    Or indeed my favourite UK airport , well as least they told me it was …….
    Schiphol : )

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    MarcusGB
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    I also see Schiphol as far more useful, especially the hop from LCY. I can be at my Long Haul flight in Schiphol quicker, than allowing travel time ex North London, and the long processes at LHR. I save over £350 each flight, not paying the Long Haul Business taxes ex LHR! The flight ex UK is only to Europe, so you pay much less also, but could always purchase a return economy on KLM for ££91 return, less from other UK Airports like Bristol, at £75!

    Many Airlines have varying prices ex AMS, KLM can be pricey if paid in Euros, but you start from the UK so can purchase a fare that way. LCY-AMS-BKK return Business class on KLM is currently £1575!

    The most bizarre to me of the airports is London Southend!!
    When LCY is closed, aircraft tend to get diverted there. A bottleneck for traffic nearer you get, and not really thrived…

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