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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited KingdomOther - United Kingdom · 7 months ago

Why does the UK have so many airports?

Why does every major city have an airport? 6 in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Newquay, Southampton just to name a few.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago
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    Because how else would people miles from London get the fly abroad? Imagine having to travel 300 miles to get to the nearest airport. Not very convenient and many people just won't do it.

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  • 6 months ago

    There aren't so many. Oregon is the same geographical size as the UK, but has 4 million people compared with 66 million in the UK. In Oregon there are 101 active airports. In the rest of the USA there's at least one airport per county and often more.

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  • John
    Lv 4
    7 months ago

    Humberside, Newquay, Prestwick, Stansted and Doncaster were all developed from RAF military airfields. Some cities, such as Portsmouth, Plymouth and Swansea have effectively lost their airports. Manston in east Kent also closed due to lack of passenger appeal. Southend has recovered since the main runway was extended and a railway station was built on the perimeter. Similar hopes for growth have been expressed in relation to Lydd/Ashford Airport. No UK airport has a guaranteed long-term future and the break-up the BAA has led to more competitive marketing by those that remain popular. Whilst larger aircraft make a more efficient use of runway slots, they tend to spend longer parked on the apron between flights, so that generates a demand for parking space that only the larger airports can easily meet. The general public has become less willing to tolerate night flights than it was in the mid 20th Century. The reluctance of governments to tax aviation fuel has also given airlines a commercial advantage over road and rail transport and the latter has raised ticket prices sharply since privatisation.

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  • 7 months ago

    So Brits Abroad plc can operate

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  • 7 months ago

    Because it makes its convenient and they’re quicker to get to - many people live around London such as Essex. Why would they travel all the way to Heathrow, when you could fly from (London) Stansted or (London) Southend? And smaller airports tend to be much cheaper too.

    • John P
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      If those airports were not much used they would close. And note that there are 5 (or is it 6?)airports general known as airports for London.

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  • F
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    6 in London. Heathrow is a major hub for Europe and as such is at full capacity. Apart from London City which is small, the other London airports are a long way out. (Gatwick, could be as accurately called Brighton Airport as London,and Stanstead is as close to Cambridge as London). are a long way out. Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh are big cities but most of the others, (Blackpool, Bristol,, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Newquay, Southampton) have limited scheduled flights although may have lots of charter flights in the summer.

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  • 7 months ago

    There aren't six in London. There's one, arguably two but that pushing it. There are five near London and one in East London.

    We're an island love how else do you think things get here?

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    • Catherine
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      7 months agoReport

      The asker stated there are six in London. There are not. What “they are all London airports” is supposed to mean exactly I don’t know.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Because it looks good to have one and they DO get used. A lot used to be RAF bases, we needed them in WWII, and they got converted for civilian use afterwards.

    Don't be fooled, though. Most are small and only handle a few domestic flights, or seasonal holiday business to Europe. When it comes to long-distance international flying, you have far fewer choices. And London does NOT have 6 airports. There are only 2 and the others just put London in front of their names to look attractive. I mean, come on, London Luton Airport - it's Luton Airport and to get to London afterwards takes well over an hour.

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  • Katie
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    Some of them were WW2 landing strips that have been expanded, but we could really do with half or a quarter of them now.

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  • Satan
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Because people want to get to and from these places, and usually faster than by car or train

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