London Heathrow airport is an international airport. It serves the United Kingdom, London and England. It is the third busiest airport in the world and the busiest in the United Kingdom. Heathrow Airport Holdings owns the airport, which also owns four other airports in the United Kingdom. Heathrow serves as the major hub for British airways and the major operating base for Virgin Atlantic airways.
Heathrow lies 22 km from Central London. It has to its credit five terminals. Noteworthy of mention is the fact that Terminal 5 was officially dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II on 154 March 2008. Terminals 3 and 4 were rebuilt in 2007 and 2009.
After the opening of Terminal 5 in March 2008, a hugely complex program of relocation of airlines has been implemented.
Once the relocations are complete, the terminal assignments are to be as follows:
• Terminal 2: Star Alliance, plus Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic's domestic operations
• Terminal 3: Oneworld (including some British Airways flights), Virgin Atlantic long-haul and some non-aligned airlines
• Terminal 4: SkyTeam, plus most non-aligned airlines
• Terminal 5: Oneworld (British Airways, except flights at Terminal 3, and Iberia)
Gatwick Airport is located 47.5 km south of Central London and 5 km north of the Center of Crawley, West Sussex. It takes pride in being London's second-largest international airport. In the whole of the United Kingdom, it can be called the second busiest following Heathrow. Charter airlines show their preference for Gatwick over Heathrow as a base for London. London Gatwick is well known for its share of point-to-point flights.
The airport is a base for scheduled operators British Airways (BA), Aer Lingus, EasyJet, Monarch Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, as well as Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines. However, it will not have any US airline presence. This will be after 30 March 2013. It represents three of the business models and has a noteworthy airline presence. The three business models are full service, low / no frills and charter. In its 2011/12 financial year, these respectively accounted for 33, 55 and 11% of total passenger traffic. As of 2012, 34.2 million passengers passed through Gatwick. This showed an increase of 1.7% over the 33.7 million passengers who made use of Gatwick in 2011. There are a number of bars, cafés and restaurants in Gatwick that serve you piping hot breakfast to light lunches to delicious seafood. There is a world of choice of delicacies at this airport's restaurants.