Plus Points: it is on the doorstep,can be there in 20 mins.
it is a well run modern airport with good shops,food,drink etc.
Negative points : you are limited to the destinations availabe to the likes of Manchester or Gatwick
Unfortunately, little choice of holiday destination nowadays, so we have to drive to Gatwick to get to the longer haul routes -also VERY expensive compared with travelling from the larger airports -it was cheaper for us to fly from B'Ham last year to Corfu -even allowing for an overnight stay,8 days parking and petrol, we saved over £250
Arrived back from Malaga yesterday afternoon and this airport manages to wind me up.
They are lucky if they have the maximum of 10 flights a day and when two flights do arrive a few minutes apart, they can't cope.
The passport control.....2 blokes checking passports and approximately 400 people from an Alicante and a Malaga flight ....unable to get into the building and stood outside because of the queue, it's a good job it wasn't raining.
I would say 90% of the passengers were like myself...a British pensioner....yet they went through the checking as though we'd just landed from Kazakhstan...the only saving grace was that the luggage was waiting on the carousal.
The airport is 25 minutes away in a taxi and apart from the convenience of being on my doorstep, which does make me book holidays from Donny because it's a trek to either East Midlands or Leeds Bradford...and a nightmare to Manchester.......it doesn't have a lot else going for it.
Few flights and they're more expensive.,,,Imo : if Thomson pull out, that will be the end of it.
A Weatherspoons, a duty free shop and a small Smiths that's like the local corner shop with very little choice.
No newspapers if you have an early flight.
A cage airside to have a smoke.
They're spending £millions on new link roads and this place will always be in the regional backwater....which is a pity because it's a modern clean building.
My preference would be Stansted as we are only 20 mile away and I find it calm, and everything it within ears shot making it easy to get around. However, due to lack of long haul destination flights with our chosen carrier we tend to fly from Gatwick which is only a further 25/30 mile away than Stansted. For a hop across to Jersey, you can't beat London City which is only 20 mins away ... lovely little airport:-)
For choice and price and being able to use our preferred carrier both LGW and LHR T5 are the best for us
Totally agree with you regarding Gatwick and feeling claustrophobic and being over whelmed by the crowds ... I tend to feel the same myself. In previous years my hubby would trapeze around all the shops, now I insist that we book a lounge to avoid the crowds and have some quiet time before boarding lol!
brewerdave wrote:With me, its definitely travelling time to and from -we have been home making a cup of tea,less than an hour after landing at Cardiff ! As a contrast,it took us 7 hours on various grid locked M ways , to get home from Gatwick last year :yikes
Agree about the grid locked M ways.
Used Gatwick a lot when i lived in Cambridge, but now I'm in Nottm, it's a fair old journey.
Nothing much there in the way of shops but had an outside eating drinking area where you could sit in the fresh air. Being only small it was hardly ever crowded and nothing was too far away.
Our nearest now are Newcastle or Leeds Bradford. Out of the two I prefer LB as again it's only small. Landing here in the wind can be a little mind you.
I flew last year, and are doing so this year, from East Mildands. A bit further for us to travel but again it's not a massive airport and has a smoking area airside.
I think you can guess that I don't like large, sprawled out airports. Small is best for me
Majorca and Malaga miles to walk anywhere and huge queues.
Helen T wrote:[It seems to be that people like airports that are close as their favourite/quote]
Is it because they are the closest, or because they're more familiar with them?
I think it's both ?? If I fly from my closest , I don't really need to book an overnight hotel unless its long haul and an awkward flight time , but if I fly from LHR which is only 60 miles away I do book an overnight and parking deal which can be quite expensive when adding in food and drink costs , but even though its very doable in 60 mins I'm not going to risk the M25 for missing my flight , I suppose it's an " insurance "and a nice way to be relaxed to start the holiday ,but with these added costs if flying from an airport which is not your closest , it can be an expensive option to have more choice and be less convenient too , I think it's ease and convenience rather than familiarity though , but knowing somewhere well obviously helps .
We use Bristol the most, and then Gatwick. When we stay in Gatwick we always stay over, even if the flight is not an early one. I like to be there and not worrying about traffic hold ups, and it's a nice relaxing start to the holiday anyway.
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