Gatwick vs. Heathrow: Guess which airport is cheaper to fly from?

Travellers can save £327 on flights to Hong Kong by choosing this airport

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Gatwick Airport, inside Gatwick International Airport, London, England, UK

Tourists flying from Gatwick Airport are true winners when it comes to saving money as a short-haul flight departing from the London airport is 19 per cent cheaper than at Heathrow Airport.

New research from KAYAK.co.uk has found that on average, travellers can save £39 on flights to Amsterdam (£108 from Gatwick, £147 from Heathrow), £43 on flights to Berlin (£107 from Gatwick, £150 from Heathrow) and £51 on flight to Istanbul (£188 from Gatwick, £239 from Heathrow).

The savings are even bigger on long-haul flights. Passengers flying to Dubai can save an average of £63 (£445 from Gatwick, £508 from Heathrow), £155 on flights to New York (£419 from Gatwick, £574 from Heathrow and £327 on flights to Hong Kong (£573 from Gatwick, £900 from Heathrow).

While Gatwick might be the most affordable option for flyers, KAYAK.co.uk found that Heathrow takes the popularity vote with 87 per cent of travellers searching for long-haul flights through the airport as opposed to Gatwick.

For short-haul flights, 56 per cent of searches go through Heathrow and Gatwick falls just short of this at 44 per cent. According to the travel search engine, January saw short-haul flights from Gatwick around 20 per cent cheaper than Heathrow, slightly dropping to 18 per cent in March and it's not only short-haul flights that Gatwick are undercutting Heathrow on. In March, long-haul flights were still on average 10 per cent cheaper from Gatwick.

But Heathrow isn't the costliest airport for all destinations. Holidaymakers travelling to New Delhi, Manila, Sydney or Kuala Lumpur can enjoy cheaper prices than flying from Gatwick.

Which London airport do you like to fly from? Leave a comment below.

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