London Heathrow:

Heathrow, the largest of London's 6 airports, is the busiest airport in Europe and the 3rd busiest in the world! It handles the largest number of international passengers of all airports in the world (2011). I have visited London Heathrow 4 times: when switching planes to New York in 1998, to Los Angeles in 2011, when going to London in 1999 and when switching planes to Toronto in 2016. The airport is really huge, once we had to take a bus that passed under a long tunnel and through roads, trafficated only by airport vehicles, to get to the other terminal. Another time we took the underground pathway beneath the runway to get to the other side of a terminal. Heathrow has 12 runways, 5 passenger terminals and is the main hub of British Airways. Heathrow started in 1929 as a small airfield and is situated in the London borough of Hillingdon, in the west outskirts of London.

This page includes plane spotting pictures of the world's largest passenger aircrafts: Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380 and Boeing 747.

A Boeing 747 operated by British Airways.

British Airways planes dominates Heathrow.

Modern architecture with glass elevators and escalators in one of the terminals.

Long escalators take you to the other side of Terminal 3 on the other side of the runway.

The waiting area of Terminal 3.

Heathrow is like a city of itself. It has a large number of stores, here a brand of Harrods.

Our AA plane and one of the control towers. Not unexpectedly, it rained in London, when we switched planes from the BA flight from Copenhagen to the AA flight to New York JFK.

Heathrow, Europe's largest and busiest airport. Landing from Copenhagen, heading to Toronto.

British Airways aircrafts: Boeing 747, for long the world's largest plane and a Airbus A380, the largest plane of the future.

Flight from Egypt Air.

An Airbus A380 from Qatar Airways, first time I have seen this plane, that is the world's largest passenger aircraft. It has two passenger decks and one freight deck and has been dubbed the "Superjumbo". It can take up to 853 passengers.

An Air Canada flight. We flew with Air Canada to Toronto.

Plane spotting.

The large terminal of Heathrow and the back of an Air Canada plane.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This was my first flight with the world's second largest aircraft, launched as late as in 2011. It is really large inside and the wingspan is huge, 60m!

Landing at Heathrow with a SAS plane, right above a highway. The traffic on the left side and the grey sky tells you that you are in Britain!

Landing at Heathrow.

 

London Stanstead

Stanstead is the 3rd largest airport in London, after Heathrow and Gatwick.
It is mostly operated by lowfare airlines.
The photos below were taken from
one of the Scottish low fare airline Ryan Air's aircrafts on the flight from to
Malmö (Sturup) to London(Stansted) May 2005:


On our way to London, somewhere in the sky on the plane. The sky was clear and sunny when we left Malmö.


Just above England, about to land. It looks very cloudy for the first time on the flight.


It arrived at Stansted Airport at 11 o'clock. I was surprised that the
airport was THAT large. Not "Heathrow-large", but at least 3 times
larger than Sturup since it has 2 or 3 terminals. The reason I was
surprised is that it is so new and mainly trafficated by lowfare airlines.


We travelled by a Boeing 737-800. It was windy, cold and there were heavy clouds
above the sky. Clouds that we just had travelled through!
It was a bit strange that the airport had no stairs, bus or skyways. It was just to walk
on the ground to the terminal.

 

London Luton

Luton (pop. 217 000) is a midsized city, mostly known for the airport, a large immigrant population, the headquarters of Vauxhall Motors and Europe's largest one-day festival.

In April 2017 I made a trip to 5 major English cities, and Luton was the cheapest airport to fly to. Even if the airport is mainly serving London and Luton, my first stop, Birmingham, was only about 2 hours away by the National Express bus.

London Luton Airport (LTN) that opened in 1938 is one of Britain's major airport with more then 14 million passengers annually. Even if the airport is 46 km North of central London, it takes only 22 minutes from central London to Luton. It is a base for lowfare airlines, such as Easyjet and Ryanair (that I flew with from Copenhagen).

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