Heathrow V Gatwick in 4 graphs

Running an airport is big business. Millions of travelers pass through London every year.

Connecting traffic accounts for one third of passengers at Heathrow. At Gatwick, this number stands at less than 10%.

70% of passengers using Gatwick originate from within the UK, and 40% passengers using Heathrow are Britons.

Where do they go? What airlines do they prefer. Here are four charts from 2014 that tell us this. anna.aero crunched some numbers for us.

  • Top 15 airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats where British Airways dominates the flight path

Top 15 Airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats (millions)

 British Airways most popular with Heathrow passengers

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9 reasons the Shanghai Metro is better than the London Underground

Last week, the Transporting London team took a trip to Shanghai, China. Whilst we were there we used Shanghai’s super modern metro system, and quite frankly it puts the London Underground to shame. The system was opened in 1993, and last year it saw over 2.8bn individual journeys undertaken, more than twice London’s number. This number makes it the third most used metro system in the world after Beijing and Seoul.

Taking daily rides on Shanghai’s super swanky metro system made us think about just how rubbish the London Underground really is. So here are just nine reasons (there are lots more) why the Shanghai Metro is better than the Tube. Continue reading

9 pressure groups you should follow for the latest on the UK air capacity debate

With debate surrounding UK airport capacity hotting up numerous groups continue to lobby the public and big business. The Airports Commission has now closed its consultation, and will announce its recommendations after the General Election, but pressure groups are still playing a vital role in the debate. Here we round up nine of the most important groups.

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