Using Alternative Airports
It almost always costs more to fly direct to an established major city airport, but most cities have cheaper alternatives nearby.
This table shows major cities and some alternative airports you might consider when searching for a cheap flight.
|Country||City Airport||Alternative airports||Extra travel time|
London City ,
|Germany||Hamburg (Fuhlsbuttel)||Lubeck||40 mins|
|Munich||Salzburg (SZG) in Austria
|Morocco||Tangier||Malaga (Spain)||4-6 hrs|
The Malaga/Tangier connection involves a couple of hours drive in a taxi to Algeciras and then a two hour ferry crossing. However, when flights from Major European hub airports to Malaga can be enjoyed for thirty euros, this route to North Africa can make financial sense. It is also quite romantic to sail from one continent to another.
Intercontinental alternative airports.
For visitors from the USA flying to Europe, the relative closeness of all the cities to each other makes it worth considering flying to a neighbouring country rather than your final destination. For example, flights to Amsterdam in the Netherlands can be the equivalent of 300 dollars cheaper than flights to Frankfurt, Germany, and then an onward direct train to Frankfurt can be less than 80 dollars. So a total saving of two hundred and twenty dollars each way can be achieved.
Beware of confusing distance from the city centre with actual travel time. For example, a flight into the freshly renaimed ‘London Southend International’ might land you a similar distance to the city centre of as other London airports but the road and rail travel times can very different.
In the case of Southend an extra 40 minutes can be tagged on to your travel time, (however on the plus side, the airport experience should generally be a bit less frenetic).