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Gatwick second worst airport for layovers...

Old May 22, 23, 4:04 am
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Gatwick second worst airport for layovers...

..... according to a new study. Beaten only by Mexico City.

Some shockers in that list. (I did struggle to find the source of the study, news articles didn't mention it)

I personally quite enjoy a trip starting there, mainly due to the decent BA lounges. Arriving isn't usually as good, so I can imagine transferring could be an ordeal.

The worst airports for layovers:
  1. Mexico City International Airport
  2. Gatwick Airport
  3. Newark Liberty International Airport, USA
  4. Istanbul Atatrk Airport, Turkey
  5. Beijing Capital International Airport, China
  6. BarcelonaEl Prat Airport, Spain
  7. Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China
  8. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China
  9. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia
  10. John F Kennedy International Airport, USA
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Old May 22, 23, 4:13 am
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Very random list! LGW has good lounges and excellent hotel options that aren't too expensive. Can think of far worse places for a layover.
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Old May 22, 23, 4:15 am
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For a layover, possibly.

As a departure point, I much prefer it to Heathrow. Direct train in 30 mins from the part of London I live, security always much more efficient than LHR, BA lounge experience generally better than LHR.
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Old May 22, 23, 4:15 am
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Yeah, and you can be in Brighton in 25 minutes by train if you get bored. Very peculiar placement.
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Old May 22, 23, 4:31 am
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Apparently it's by gambling firm Betway, who have been fined millions for feeding gambling addiction so no idea where they got the data from.
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Old May 22, 23, 4:34 am
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Presumably this has been based almost entirely on poor facilities for connections? I would agree those aren't good.

Otherwise I think it's pretty good. Several options of places to go if you leave the airport and plentiful hotels as pointed out already. In the airport itself, there are also plenty of food outlets airside for anyone that doesn't have lounge access.
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Old May 22, 23, 4:38 am
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It is strange but suspect, as has been mentioned, its partly to do with the fact that theres still no connections within each terminal, let alone inter-terminal. Possibly also because the range of airport hotels is pretty limited nothing of five star quality, for example.
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Old May 22, 23, 4:46 am
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I'd be very interested in the methodology of the "survey". I'd also wonder who connects at LGW - as noted in a thread somewhere else lamenting the lack of infrastructure for INT-INT, it's probably because very few people do it. And more generally LGW is surely more geared to o/d than many other airports.
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Old May 22, 23, 5:02 am
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If you have an Amex Plat, MEX is a lovely spot for connections.
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Old May 22, 23, 5:03 am
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The inclusion of BCN is a bit silly.

Non-Schengen transfers aren't the most obvious (or common) But that means there are zero queues...

Schengen transfers couldn't be easier, as 99% of the time you disembark on a finger into the main terminal.
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Old May 22, 23, 5:27 am
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Mexico City does have the benefit of having totally enclosed sleep pods, which are great if you have a 6-10 hour layover
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Old May 22, 23, 6:22 am
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Istanbul Ataturk airport closed to passengers in 2019 so yes I’d imagine it offers a sub-optimal transfer experience.
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Old May 22, 23, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by sigma421
Istanbul Ataturk airport closed to passengers in 2019 so yes Id imagine it offers a sub-optimal transfer experience.
Yet it's still better than the current IST airport in terms of overnight options (if you aren't up for a Yotel).
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Old May 22, 23, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by PxC
Mexico City does have the benefit of having totally enclosed sleep pods, which are great if you have a 6-10 hour layover
Not to mention plenty of hotels and quick access to the historic centre if you want to get out and about. The faff of having to immigrate and collect bags is indeed annoying and an unfortunate thing picked up from north of the border.
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Old May 22, 23, 7:59 am
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Originally Posted by EuropeanPete
Yet it's still better than the current IST airport in terms of overnight options (if you aren't up for a Yotel).
Yeh and the local hotels in the small print often charge 35 euros per person for a pickup and 10 min ride. Taxi the option if you have Turkish Lira on you, but if you're only there temporarily it's expensive to withdraw just for a taxi
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