Why Does London Have So Many Airports?

I grew up in New York City so I was always used to having 3 airports within a reasonable distance – JFK, LaGuardia and, the one closest to me, Newark. When I moved to Orlando, there was only the one big airport in town. Although if you’re willing to drive an extra 45 to 75 minutes and have greatly diminished choices of flights and airlines, Sanford and Melbourne could be options, too. But again, there are 3.

So I always thought it was pretty cool to have 3 airports within a reasonable distance, especially in light of so many cities only having 1. But now I think I’m developing airport envy, because of London? They have 6 airports. SIX! The history of all the airports in London (including some that have disappeared) is pretty cool. Here’s a funny but informative history lesson on them all…

And now you know! 😉

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One thought on “Why Does London Have So Many Airports?”

  1. Los Angeles has LAX, ONT, SNA, LGB, BUR. That’s 5 airports. New York has 3+3 and used to be 3+4 (the 4 little ones being Westchester County, Stewart, Islip, and little Republic Airport). London has a problem because many of its airports only have 1 runway.

    The Chicago area mainly has 2 but really more with a liberal definition. ORD and MDW, of course but also Milwaukee, Chicago Rockford, Gary, and formerly Meigs until the terrorist attack by the Chicago mayor.

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