While you can fly to almost anywhere in the world from the UK’s main airport hubs at Stansted, Gatwick, and Heathrow, they are not exactly user-friendly and there is an awful lot of walking and waiting around before you eventually leave the ground.
However, if your destination is Europe either for business or for leisure travel, two of our favourite alternatives are London Southend and London City.
From our perspective we can drop off and pick up our customers really close to these two airports’ terminal buildings. In both cases the short stay car parks also act as drop off points and are within a couple of minutes’ walk from the building. It can be particularly important for travellers with mobility problems.
Although of course all airports offer assistance and support for passengers in need of it, Southend and London City give such help particular emphasis. Facilities for check-in, departure and arrival at Southend’s new terminal building, for example, are all on one level.
One million passengers travelled through London Southend Airport last year, a 25 per cent rise in passengers during 2017. You can fly to more than 30 domestic and European destinations and the airport has ambitious expansion plans for this year.
Air Malta will be operating three times weekly to the island from May 4th and will also fly to two Italian islands; weekly flights to both Catania (the second largest city of Malta’s neighbour, Sicily) and Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia.
Both London and Southend make a point of getting passengers through the process of check-in and security screening as quickly as possible. In fact London City points out on its website that check-in desks only open two hours before departure time and passengers cannot check in earlier than that!
Other features offered at London City that perhaps business people particularly will find useful are the free wifi and a free jacket pressing and shoe shine service!
London City is also a main departure point for people off on skiing trips and there is a lot of useful information on its website about the different airlines and their ski equipment baggage allowances.
So, unless you are travelling to destinations that can only be reached from one of the big three, perhaps it’s worth considering trying out a smaller airport.
Do you have a particular favourite regional airport? Why not post a comment or email us and tell us about it.