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London has the unusual benefit of being serviced by five airports. These are London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, and the City Airport. The most well-known is of course Heathrow airport which serves over 180 destinations in 90 countries. The airport is currently under construction to include a fifth terminal. Luton and Stansted airports have experienced high growth since the arrival of budget airlines. Gatwick and the City Airport are also experiencing growth.
The international aspect is evident with great value on long-haul for both North Americans and Australasians. London to New York is the busiest route and offers the best value in the world. Many international airlines fly from London daily including American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand airlines.
Heathrow Airport is 15 miles (24 km) west of central London. Heathrow is accessible by rail, tube or through a wide network of coach and local bus services. The Heathrow Express provides a direct, non-stop service to the heart of London, from Heathrow Airport to Paddington station.
The Gatwick Airport is 27 miles (43 km) south of central London. You can travel to Gatwick by rail or use the wide network of coach services and local buses. The airport provides easy access to Brighton, Chichester, East Croydon, Guildford, Reading and Southampton.
Stansted Airport is 34 miles (54 km) north east of central London. The growth in budget airlines has made London Stansted, the fastest growing airport. It is also London's most modern airport. You can travel to Stanstead by rail or use the wide network of coach services and local buses.
A free Luton Airport Express shuttle bus can be caught outside the terminal at Bay 1. This will take you to the Luton Airport Parkway Station in approximately 10 minutes. You can then catch a Thameslink train southbound to London's King's Cross station. This fast and frequent services takes around 35 minutes to get you into central London.
London City Airport
London's City Airport is often overlooked, when in fact it is actually the most central airport. Some of the major airlines such as British Airways, Air France, Swiss and KLM, are now using it as a fast growing route for smaller aircrafts. There is a free shuttle bus available which runs from the airport to Canning Town Station. You can then hop on the Jubilee Line which will quickly transport you to the centre of London.