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Ambiguous Airports: how far is the airport from the city it serves?

Skyscanner investigates the world of ambiguous airports, where the airport is actually nowhere near the city it claims to serve.

Skyscanner investigates the world of ambiguous airports, where the airport is actually nowhere near the city it claims to serve.

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Since when has Oxford been in London? For that matter; when did Stansted, Luton or Gatwick get a London postcode?

If you jumped on a train that said it was going to London, but it was actually bound for Oxford, you’d be pretty annoyed. And rightly so. So how come they can get away with it when it comes to airports?

Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director commented:

"It’s easy to get caught out by flying to an airport that is miles away from where you want to be, especially if you’re not familiar with your destination, and that low price flight could easily be offset by the cost of a bus or taxi fare. Double check the airport location before your book, especially when flying on low-cost airlines."

Some of the Worst Offenders

1. Munich West (Memmingen) – 70 miles (112km) from central Munich

2. Oslo (Torp) – 68 miles (110km) from central Oslo

3. Frankfurt (Hahn) – 68 miles (110km) from central Frankfurt

4. London (Oxford) – 60 miles (97km) from central London

5. Stockholm (Skavsta) – 59 miles (95km) from central Stockholm

6. Barcelona (Girona) – 58 miles (94km) from central Barcelona

7. Barcelona (Reus) – 58 miles (94km) from central Barcelona

8. Paris (Beauvais ) – 55miles (88km) from central Paris

9. Dusseldorf (Weeze) – 50 miles (80 km) from central Dusseldorf

10. London (Stansted) – 40 miles (64km) from central London

11. Tokyo (Narita) – 37 miles (60km) from central Tokyo

12. Verona (Brescia) – 33 miles (53km) from central Verona

13. Glasgow (Prestwick) – 32 miles (51km) from central Glasgow

14. London (Luton) – 32 miles (51km) from central London

15. Milan (Bergamo) – 31 miles (50km) from central Milan

And some of the Closest Airports

1. Taipei Sungshan Airport – 3 miles (5km) from central Taipei

2. Salt Lake City Airport – 3 miles (5km) from central Salt Lake City

3. San Diego Airport – 3 miles (5km) fro central San Diego

4. Tallinn Airport – 3 miles (5km) from central Tallinn

5. Belfast (George Best) – 3 miles (5km) from central Belfast

6. Wellington Airport – 4 miles (7km) from central Wellington

7. Honolulu Airport – 4 miles (7km) from central Honolulu

8. Lisbon Airport – 4 miles (7km) from central Lisbon

9. Bucharest Otopeni Airport – 4 miles (7km) from central Bucharest

10. Mexico City Juarez International – 4miles (7km) from central Mexico

11. Cagliari Aiport – 5 miles (9km) from central Cagliari

12. London City Airport – 6 miles (10km) from central London

13. Warsaw Airport – 6 miles (10km) from central Warsaw

14. Vancouver Airport – 8 miles (13km) from central Vancouver

15. Edinburgh Airport- 8 miles (13km) from central Edinburgh

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