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Why are airports named London not in London?

Old Jul 19, 2022, 12:48 pm
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Why are airports named London not in London?

Among 6 "London" airports, only 2 of them are actually within London. Some of them are so far away that you can't even use an Oyster card to take a train there.

I think it's misleading to call them London airports, for example, Gatwick Airport serves Brighton as well as London, while Stansted / Southend airports are so far away from London that those living in SW London are better off going to Southampton Airport instead if not Heathrow / Gatwick.

Why are those airports grouped within LON despite some of them so far away from London that it's basically a long trek to another region of England?
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Old Jul 19, 2022, 1:26 pm
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Because they only want to be associated with London as it is the only place worth visiting in the U.K.?

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Old Jul 19, 2022, 2:06 pm
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Airports are designated for metropolitan areas not necessiarily a specific city.

SFO isn't even in the City & County of San Francisco (even though they are the owners) for example.

AMS isn't in the Amsterdam City area and CDG isn't in Paris
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Old Jul 19, 2022, 3:47 pm
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Ryanair fly (or at least flew) to Vienna(bratislava) which was not even in the same country.

most of the world would not know where southend or luton were in relation to the rest of england and it before the internet and google maps it was not so easy to figure out. So london luton is much easier
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Old Jul 19, 2022, 11:19 pm
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This isn't unique to London. Look at NRT. And neither of Washington DC's airports (IAD & DCA) are actually in DC. BWI isn't in Baltimore City or Baltimore County.
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by miklcct
Among 6 "London" airports, only 2 of them are actually within London. Some of them are so far away that you can't even use an Oyster card to take a train there.

I think it's misleading to call them London airports, for example, Gatwick Airport serves Brighton as well as London, while Stansted / Southend airports are so far away from London that those living in SW London are better off going to Southampton Airport instead if not Heathrow / Gatwick.

Why are those airports grouped within LON despite some of them so far away from London that it's basically a long trek to another region of England?
Your point is rather baseless. I live in pretty much central London (N1/EC1) and all six airports are near enough the same for me in terms of accessibility. LCY feels the closest but I rarely get to use it, though nor do I use SEN tbf.

There is indeed a case for making SOU a London airport too given how easy it is from Waterloo.

The fact that many millions of Londoners and visitors to London use the outer airports to get to from/London every year suggests that they are doing what they say on the tin.
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 12:55 am
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Look up London Ashford airport (Lydd Airport) in East Kent if you want an extreme example of this. No where near London and with minimal transport links (unless you count the RHDR miniature steam railway). Then there was London Manston near Margate - now a lorry park.
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 1:24 am
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Originally Posted by DaveS
Look up London Ashford airport (Lydd Airport) in East Kent if you want an extreme example of this. No where near London and with minimal transport links (unless you count the RHDR miniature steam railway). Then there was London Manston near Margate - now a lorry park.
Also, London Oxford airport is 62 miles from London…
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 1:31 am
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And as for the original London Bridge, well.....
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Wait 'til you find out about "Frankfurt"-Hahn...
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 5:32 am
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Visit the "Denver" airport sometime. Spoiler: it's nowhere close to Denver.
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 7:33 am
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It's because they are the airports which serve London.
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear
SFO isn't even in the City & County of San Francisco (even though they are the owners) for example.
Burlingame International Airport doesn't have the same ring.

Could you imagine if DTW was called Romulus International Airport?

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Old Jul 20, 2022, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by BearX220
Visit the "Denver" airport sometime. Spoiler: it's nowhere close to Denver.
But didn't the city annex all of the land leading out to and surrounding the airport? It makes for a very odd city boundary, but I don't think that this is technically true; DEN actually is in Denver, Colorado.

While I completely agree with the OP, this same thing is also commonplace for sports teams. Don't even get me started on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ...
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