London Gatwick airport (LGW) is the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom, located 47 km from the center of London. It serves over 45 million passengers annually. Gatwick airport is used as a hub by British Airways, but is also the largest base of the low fare airline easyJet.Gatwick airport has two terminals - North and South, located 1.2 km from each other. The terminals are connected by a shuttle (people mover), which operates 24/7 every few minutes. The journey time only takes two minutes.
Brussels South Charleroi airport (CRL) is located some 50 km south of Brussels near the town of Charleroi. It is a regional airport especially designed to serve low fare airlines. The airport currently handles more than 8 million passengers annually. It is a base of Ryanair, Wizzair and TUIfly airlines, providing links to destinations across Europe and North Africa.
Bangkok international airport Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is an important gateway for travel to domestic destinations within Thailand and to other points in South-east Asia. It is the main hub of the flag carrier Thai airways. Suvarnabhumi handles over 60 million passengers annually. A significant number of the transit passengers via Suvarnabhumi catch connecting flights from the secondary airport in the capital - Don Muang (DMK), hub for Air Asia. Don Muang airport handles a domestic traffic of more than 23 million passengers annually.
As of 6th of April 2019, Istanbul has a new airport in operation. It is called Istanbul Airport (In Turkish: Istanbul Havalimani) and is located some 35 km north of the city center on the Black Sea coast in the European side of Istanbul. The old main International airport - Istanbul Ataturk Airport has been shut down for commercial operations. The IATA designator “IST” formerly used by Ataturk airport is transferred to the new airport.
London with its 5 airports is a major hub, where millions of people connect every year. Apart of being home to British Airways, London is also a hub for Ryanair, Wizzair, easyJet, Virgin, and a number of other airlines. The availability of so many low fare airlines turns London into a true self-connecting hub. Let’s start with outlining the airports located around the city of London.