The busiest airports in England
There are more and more airports in the world. When flying from London we can notice that most of the local airports are already overcrowded and the staff can hardly handle the number of people commuting by planes, especially during the Christmas holiday period. There are already plans to build a new airport in London, even bigger than Heathrow Airport! London is the largest aviation hub in the world by passenger traffic, with five international airports handling 130,307,938 passengers in 2009.
According to Civil Aviation Authority data from 2006 to 2009 the busiest airports in the United Kingdom by total passenger traffic are as follow:
1. London Heathrow Airport (LHR), Hillingdon
Heathrow is the busiest airport in the UK and in 2011 the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic. It handles more international passengers than any other airport around the globe. It is also the busiest airport in the European Union by passenger traffic and the third busiest in Europe given the number of traffic movements, with a figure surpassed only by Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Frankfurt Airport. Heathrow lies 12 nautical miles (22km) west of Central London and has as many as five huge terminals. The transport network around the airport has been extended to cope with the increase in passenger numbers, with a dedicated motorway spur that links the M25 between junctions 14 and 15 to the terminal, which itself includes a huge multi-storey Heathrow car parking space.
2. London Gatwick Airport (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex
Gatwick, London’s second busiest airport, is the world’s busiest single runaway airport. Gatwick Airport is located south of the central London, just above seafront city Brighton. Its two terminals, North and South, cover an area of 75,000 and 120,000 square meters respectively. In 2010, over 31.3 million passengers passed through Gatwick, making it the 9th busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic. Charter airlines generally prefer Gatwick over Heathrow as a base for London and the South East of England. There is long and short-stay airport parking at Gatwick but local planning restrictions limit car parking at and around the airport.
3. London Stansted Airport (STN), Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
Stansted is a hub for a number of major European low-cost carriers, being the largest base for a giant cheap flights provider Ryanair with over 100 destinations served by the airline. Stansted airport’s runaway is also used by private companies such as the Harrods terminal which is opposite the main terminal building and handles private jets and some state visits.
4. Manchester Airport (MAN), Ringway, Manchester
It is the busiest airport in the UK outside the London region. The airport has two parallel runways, three terminals, a goods terminal, and a ground transport interchange. Manchaster airport parking space can be found in the multi-storey car parks next to Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
5. London Luton Airport (LTN), Luton, Bedfordshire
Luton airport serves as a base for EasyJet, Monarch Airlines, Thomson Airways, Ryanair. The vast majority of the routes served are within Europe. The airport has good transportation links with central London.