We all know how annoying it can be when you discover that the airport you have flown into is nowhere near the city you’re visiting. A handy new infographic might help, as it illustrates the airports that are the furthest – and nearest – to their namesake cities.
Research by British airline price comparison site, Just The Flight, has revealed that low-cost airlines are a popular choice for convenience and price point. However, one of their main drawbacks can be that the airports their flights are chartered to may be a considerable distance from their namesake locations.
The online travel agent’s findings reveal that many airports affiliated with major cities such as Paris, Frankfurt, Barcelona and London are actually located a considerable distance outside their respective city centres. This can lead to the money being saved on the cheap flight, being spent on airport transfers, as well as valuable holiday time being eaten up by travelling the large distances involved to the cities.
The research also shows a huge discrepancy between airports. Paris Vatry is located an inconvenient 91 miles from the city centre, which means a two hour transfer by car. By contrast, Gibraltar International Airport in Spain is only 1.4 miles away from the centre of Gibraltar and can be reached by car in seven minutes.
According to Simon Goddard, CEO of Just the Flight, prudent planning and awareness of the exact details of a journey can save great expense and time for any traveller. “Travelling can be stressful enough, so when you touch down after a flight you expect the majority of your journey to be finished,” he says. “Unfortunately, as our data shows, this is sometimes far from the truth.”