Sometimes your biggest issue may not be getting to the airport on time, but getting to the RIGHT airport on time.
You may find this advice to be incredibly straightforward, however I assure you that people have shown up for flights at the wrong airport before, and can assure you of this with 100% certainty because I was once “people”. Now time to convince my annual travel insurance to cover me for my own ridiculous mistake!
Thinking about it, this probably should have qualified for my top 5 biggest mistakes while traveling.
Cities With Multiple Airports
In 2009 I traveled with mum on a 2 month European Adventure. Having traveled Europe quite extensively in the past, I was our resident expert, and planned both our itinerary and accommodation. Though let me tell you, this “expert” was quickly knocked off her high horse!
Flying from London to Rome to spend two weeks in Italy, we left ourselves plenty of time to catch the train to Heathrow Airport, and arrived a good 2 hours before our departure. Though for some reason our flight was not listed on the departures board.
As it turns out, the flight wasn’t listed because it wasn’t leaving from Heathrow. We were meant to be at Gatwick, and and there was no way we were going to get there in time to catch our flight.
The Good News
The good news is, we did get to Rome that evening, though as you can imagine I’ve never heard the end of this, especially since having booked accommodation in a convent with a strict curfew, if we hadn’t made it to Rome by 8pm, we were sleeping on the street.
We were fortunate enough to cancel our flight without fees, and transfer onto a flight to Rome leaving Heathrow; proof to previous advice as to why you’ll get further being nice to airport ground staff.
Though London is not the only city in the world with multiple airports, and it’s definitely not the only city which has caused this kind of confusion.
The same thing recently happened to a guest at my destination wedding, whose father had booked flights to Hawaii for the whole family but forgot to book flights from Maui – Honolulu for his eldest daughter (obviously not the favorite child!!).
Realizing this the night before flying out, he quickly booked last minute flights, though in his haste booked from a little airport on the other end of the island without noticing. They rocked up at Kahului Airport and found there was no flight!
Photo credit: Giuseppe Milo (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
These Cities Have Multiple Airports
The majority of cities in the world only have one or two airports. A handful of them have three, however there are some which have up to 6 operating airports!!
You can easily find how many airports are around you with directories like Around Airports. Though to get you started, here are the cities which have more airports than you would think necessary!
Though would you believe London has another 4 airports?!
London City Airport
London Stansted Airport
London Southend Airport
Like London, New York also boasts 6 airports – SIX!!! John F Kennedy International Airport is the main hub for flights in and out of New York, however flights also leave from:
Long Island MacArthur Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport
Stewart International Airport
Westchester County Airport
Moscow is serviced by three international airports: Sheremetyevo (SVO, 18 miles or 29 km northwest of the city center), Domodedovo (DME, 26 miles or 42 km south of the city center) and Vnukovo (VKO, 17 miles or 28 km southwest of the city center).
When you book a Moscow airport transfer, make sure you book it to pick you up from the right one!
I haven’t ventured as far as Canada yet, however I am led to believe that Vancouver International Airport is where you will generally find yourself flying in and out from. However, you also have another 5 choices depending on your destination!
Abbotsford International Airport
Langley Regional Airport
Vancouver Harbour Water Airport
Vancouver International Water Airport
Vancouver/Harbour (Public) Heliport
Photo credit: Bulent KAVAKKORU
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States.
600+ flights depart daily to 91 domestic cities and 58 cities in 32 countries on nearly 75 air carriers! So you will more than likely find yourself in LAX if visiting LA. However, you can also choose to fly from/to:
Bob Hope Airport
John Wayne Airport
Ontario International Airport
Long Beach Airport
Sydney & Melbourne
Both of these Australian cities offer travelers and tourists 4 airports to choose from. You’ll want to try and stick to using Sydney Kingsford Smith and Melbourne Airport Tullamarine, however if you’re planning on booking regional flights or flying domestically on low cost carriers these could be a better option for you:
Bankstown Airport (Sydney)
Camden Airport (Sydney)
Rose Bay Airport (Sydney)
Avalon Airport (Melbourne)
Essendon Airport (Melbourne)
Moorabbin Airport (Melbourne)
Compared to the above cities which run flights out of up to 6 different airports, Paris is keeping things simple with only 3!
Charles de Gaulle Airport
Other cities with 3 airports include: Toronto, Milan, Osaka, Oslo, Manila, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Vegas, Miami, San Francisco and Barcelona.
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