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Heathrow vs. Gatwick

It seems like it's cheaper to fly into Gatwick instead of Heathrow. Anyone know why?

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Gatwick is a smaller, single runway airport so one reason could be that the landing fees are cheaper? If I had a choice, I would always use Gatwick, but unfortunately my preferred airline only flies into Heathrow.

Posted by
8013 posts

Why do you say its seems like it is cheaper? Give us an example from your experiences.
It is definitely cheaper if you are talking about Transatlantic flights taking Norwegian Air to London. That is my experience as I've taken 3 in the last 12 months all one ways for under $300. It is also a major hub for low cost carrier Easy Jet (which does not fly to Heathrow) and none of the United, Delta American full price legacy airline fly to Gatwick.

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8214 posts

Gatwick is better for flying the budget European airlines connecting to most cities in Europe.

Posted by
14580 posts

I think so too.

Getting there I prefer Gatwick from OAK or SFO. I want non-stop since I am used to the ten hour plus flight going over to London.

The return flight is a toss up, both LHR and Gatwick have advantages, apart from the price. Then I look at departure times. Flying out at 14:00 hrs is preferable than at 10 am if no difference in price and is non-stop.

Posted by
3392 posts

Gatwick is about 30 miles from London. Heathrow is about 16 miles away.
From Gatwick you take a train into town. It's about 35 - 60 minutes depending on the train and how many stops it makes.
Heathrow is either about 40 minutes via tube (depending on your destination) or 15 minutes via Heathrow Express (my personal perference).

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Thank you for all your replies! We've decided on United into Heathrow.

Posted by
5371 posts

The difference in price is due to the airline. It's cheaper for airlines to operate out of Gatwick (even cheaper at the more provincial airports but not as lucrative) therefore many of the cheaper and budget airlines base themselves at Gatwick. I'll see very liitle difference in cost, if any, flying BA in and out of Gatwick or Heathrow but I would see a difference in price flying Easyjet from Gatwick in comparison to flying BA from Gatwick.