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Changing airports in London

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Changing airports in London

I am trying to decide an a flight from DFW to Venice, and most of the Americen

Airlines/British Airways flights require a transfer between Heathrow and Gatwick.

What are problems with this change of airports?

London, United...
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1. Re: Changing airports in London

yes - allow at least 4-5 hours between flights

it is not a good idea avoid if possible

London, United...
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2. Re: Changing airports in London

The problem with the journey is that it is via one of the busiest roads in Europe. You need to collect your luggage and clear immigration before travelling to LGW. BA only seem to fly to Venice from LHR once each day, so I'm not sure what other options you might have.

Edited: 4:27 pm, August 10, 2014
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3. Re: Changing airports in London

What day of the week are you travelling?

There is an afternoon flight on Sundays.

San Diego
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4. Re: Changing airports in London

I'd rather fly to Rome or Milan and take the train to Venice than change airports in London!

Is that really your only option??

Edited: 5:23 pm, August 10, 2014
London
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5. Re: Changing airports in London

Can't you route via another European airport, such as Amsterdam Schipol?

Portland, Oregon
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6. Re: Changing airports in London

What are problems with this change of airports?

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It uses the busiest and most congested road in Europe.

American flies to Italy. Fly there and take the train to Venice. It may be a longer ground connection but you won't be sweating over missing a flight.

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7. Re: Changing airports in London

"Can't you route via another European airport, such as Amsterdam Schipol?"

I assume that as the OP is only looking at AA/BA, that the routing is influenced by being a member of a OW FF programme.

I would also fly direct to Italy and take the train.

There may be some roundabout OW routings via MAD/TXL/DUS, but you'll have to make another change in the US

London
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8. Re: Changing airports in London

>>> the routing is influenced by being a member of a OW FF programme. <<<

Ah yes, FF/points/miles. That explains why so many people fly into Heathrow when they want to be somewhere else.

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9. Re: Changing airports in London

We had to do this in May, unexpectedly as I left my passport at home and by the time I got back to the airport we missed our flight. Next one was to LHR from where we had to transfer in a hurry to LGW to our international one. Because we were in a rush we booked a private transfer which cost somewhere over £100 (trying to forget exact price). We had to collect bags but no immigration as were on a domestic flight. Journey time super fast - just over 30 mins.

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10. Re: Changing airports in London

" Ah yes, FF/points/miles. That explains why so many people fly into Heathrow when they want to be somewhere else."

Yes apparently Gatwick!

To give you some idea, I live maybe 90 minuets from Gatwick via M25, due to fly out of LGW at 15.00 hours I am so paranoid about getting caught up in the bad traffic I am going the night before and staying in airport hotel.

Deb