Anybody who has ever flown into London has had to make a decision (or has had one made for him) that is which airport to fly to. I will leave out Gatwick for now and focus on Heathrow and Stansted. One of which I find rather pleasant the other I despise more than almost any other airport in the world.
Heathrow, not the easiest airport to access but there is a plus, the Heathrow express that goes every 15 minuets and takes only 15 minuets. I love the express, super comfy, lots of space, fast, quiet, there is wifi, there are plugs and it normally runs on time. Stansted Express on the other hand is a nightmare, it takes ages to reach central London and it has the quality of the midnight train from Bangalore to Mumbai. Not a good start for Stansted. Going to get your tickets in Heathrow is fairly comfortable, its not to difficult to go from terminal to terminal and everything is easy to find. It’s Ok, especially compared to that building site they call airport in the north of the city. Walking through Stansted makes you feel like you are walking through that Berlin airport they have been building for an eternity. Its dirty, everything is broken and it is simply not build well.
After walking through the airport for a while wondering if you should be wearing a hardhat you have to pass security. Security at Stansted is simply terrible, unorganised and cramped. At the end of it there is a board with some A2 sized paper and some markers leaving you the ability to write a message about how your experience was. I decided to use this time to write some constructive criticism. I believe my comment was “Heathrow is like Coca Cola, Stansted is like Pepsi”. For those of you that are younger I also wrote “Heathrow is like Kylie Jenner, Stansted is like Blac Chyna”. (Ignore that example if you are older than 28). Im not gonna praise Heathrow security, but its decent and fairly organised.
Waiting areas in both are not great, Heathrow is always full and the food is very overpriced. But once again Stansted has managed to make something so simple so bad. Waiting in Stansted feels like waiting in the storage room of a Lidl, it is just awful.
In conclusion there are many problems with Heathrow and a lot of room for improvement but Stansted is just plain awful and I WILL NEVER FLY TO STANSTED AGAIN!
Ceterum censeo Stanstednem esse delendam