U.K. and Ireland - LCY vs LHR immigration olympics
Jun 26, 12, 9:02 am
I was wondering if ppl had opinions about which airport would be the better to fly into during day 2 (Sat) of the olympics arriving around lunch time in T5 or LCY for a non-EU pp holder.
Not sure if FT immigration is open on the w/e at T5 but I would be eligible.
Jun 26, 12, 9:33 am
Generally speaking Saturday lunchtime at LCY tends to be very quiet - because it's just before their weekly 24-hour closure and most flight movements seem to take place in the early hours rather than later on. However, there may well be extra flights for the Olympics, so things may be different from normal.
(We arrived at LCY late on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago - on the 1145 or thereabouts arrival from ZRH - and I think our flight was the only one there)
Jun 26, 12, 11:30 am
One non-immigration factor to keep in mind: LCY is very close to a number of Olympic venues, and the public transit links to the airport (London Underground Jubilee line, DLR..) are also the main access to venues and will be creaking under the strain of spectators...
It's a tricky one to decide on - LCY does make every effort to make itself as efficient as possible (and also has very few non-EU/EEA passport holders arriving), but stewardo makes a good point about the location. However, it's possible to use creative routings if it looks rammed to the gunwales.
The thread title did give me the impression of doing a 110m hurdles through a pessimistically-cordonned immigration hall, however :)
Jun 26, 12, 5:08 pm
Will prob book a minicab back to SW london where we live - hopefully there'll be plenty available
Jun 27, 12, 4:04 pm
Roads around LCY will be the issue with Olympics Lanes.
UK Borders have promised to operate the immigration lines properly over the period given the press coverage. However, I understand the non-EU on last Sunday evening was 2 hours long. I booked my domestic flights from Gatwick to avoid LHR and LCY.