Flying into London
Transatlantic flights usually land west of the city at Heathrow Airport—though some land at Gatwick Airport.
Many low-cost and no-frill carriers use two smaller, slightly more distant airports: Stansted Airport and Luton Airport. (Some LCCs also have flights in and out of Gatwick, but not nearly as many).
Some flights from Britain and northern Europe land at little London City Airport.
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London's main airport, about 19 miles west of the city, is where most Transatlantic (and many other) flights land
Gatwick is London's secondary airport, host to many Transatlantic, European, and British flights as well as easyJet, Norwegian, and some other low-cost carriers
Little Luton Airport, 33 miles from London, is a hub for several low-cost airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, and Wizz
Little London City Airport is actually in London—but few airlines use it.
Stansted Airport, an hour north of London, is popular with easyJet, Ryanair, and many other low cost carriers
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