Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted: The longest you can fly from any London airport on a direct flight

One of the best things about living in London is that you are never more than a 48 hour journey from almost anywhere in the world. This is thanks to the six major airports, which offer direct flights to the farthest corners of the planet.

Heathrow, London’s largest airport, handles most of the city’s long-haul flights, but the secondary airports are pushing further into long-haul flights, as more environmentally friendly options are starting to take up a larger share of short-haul flights.

As high-speed trains have evolved, the number of flights to Paris and Brussels has declined, and High Speed ​​2 is expected to do the same for Manchester and Newcastle.

These are the farthest destinations (by direct mileage, not travel time) you can travel to without changing planes, in 2022, from each of London’s six main airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City and Southend.

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HEATHROW> Darwin, Australia (8620 miles): The farthest direct flight from London is what you might describe as a ‘catch 22 flight’ because it is currently only open to Australian nationals or those living in the country. You can also not board or leave Darwin Airport as it is only used as an exchange or petrol station for flights actually going to Melbourne / Sydney. In addition, these marathon flights only go to Darwin on a temporary basis because the airline Qantas believes that Covid restrictions in Perth, where the flights normally run, are too ‘conservative’. The flight to Darwin takes 16 hours and 25 minutes.

GATWICK> Bangkok, Thailand (5932 miles): Scoot is a newcomer to the British skies and is the low-cost version of Singapore Airlines. That means it flies its flights to cheaper Gatwick than busy Heathrow to save money and squeeze its margins. The planes have a striking yellow color and include child-free sections. The journey takes a good 12 hours and started on 16 December.

LOCATION> Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (2419 miles): The five-hour TUI flight to the Sinai Peninsula reflects Stansted’s important role as a gateway to the UK’s favorite tourist destinations and is remarkably shorter than the farthest scheduled flights from London’s Gatwick and Heathrow long-haul airports.

The Spanish coastal city of Malaga at night, the longest you can fly from Southend Airport

LUTON> Hurghada, Egypt (2453 miles): Just across the Red Sea from Sharm el Sheikh lies Hurghada, a popular holiday package known for its spectacular year-round warmth and impressive hours of sunlight during the day. The numerous souks (traditional markets), beaches and hotel resorts are five and a half hours away by easyJet non-stop flight from the Luton hub.

LONDON BY> Vilnius, Lithuania (1062 miles): Although Malaga, Spain is longer in terms of travel time of just under three hours, Vilnius is a little further away. The Polish airline LOT flies there daily on a route originally supported by the European Commission to encourage investment through better connections to the Lithuanian capital, although Brexit has certainly been a metaphorical speed bump. Flights take about two and three quarters to three hours.

SOUTHEND> Malaga, Spain (1054 miles): Andalusia is a popular destination for those who want to swap East End and Essex for sunshine and Sangria. easyJet flies there in just under three hours. Southend, as the baby at London’s airports, had previously focused on private and regional flights until the 2011/2012 season, when it got a runway extension and a new train station with direct trains to Stratford and Liverpool Street. The route to Malaga returns in May 2022 after a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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