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Old 13th Jul 2012, 06:18
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How many International Airports are actually 'In Town'?

The definition of 'in town' being easy walking distance from the center.

Having spent so many hours in crew transport getting between the airport and town I just love it when we are in living in Maun. 'Drop me off in town please, I'm going to the airport'.

There must be many more but only Gibraltar comes instantly to mind.
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The late, lamented Tempelhof was most certainly 'in town', although Berlin is a very big city. I suppose you could reasonably walk from there to the Brandenburg Gate or the Potsdamer Platz in an hour, for example.

Personally I've walked from Antwerp Airport to the city centre, in half an hour or so.
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LAX is in Los Angeles, if not the city then county and is completely surrounded by the urban area, however it almost impossible to walk anywhere in Southern California so I'm not sure it counts
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I suppose it depends on what you describe as 'walking distance'. There aren't
many airports actually within town/city boundaries let alone connected by
town/city sidewalks. If you fancy a brisk 7 mile walk EDI would fit the bill.
There must be many more..just my tuppence worth.
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Bremen and Geneva airports are just over 2 miles from the city centre
La Rochelle airport is about 1.5 miles from the city centre
Dundee airport on the other hand is about 0.5 miles from the city centre

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Same with BHD
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London City?
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UIO is right in the middle of the city.
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Las Vegas - The executive jet area is virtually on the Strip.
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Toronto City Airport; although it is international only in the sense of having flights to the USA as well as Canada....
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Reykjavik is quite close (2.5 miles according to the OAG) although I suppose that most of the international traffic uses Keflavik.

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Pisa! It's about 2,5km from the city centre, walking from the airport to leaning tower of Pisa, great
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LCY is very close to most areas of East London and walkable, but around 7 or 8 miles from what most people would call the centre of London. BRE is less than 2 miles from the city centre and I believe it is possible to walk there.

PIK is 1 mile from the centre of the town of Prestwick, don't fancy the walk from Glasgow much though!
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Living walking distance from LCY is always a topic of conversation when I visit clients for the day and say I walked to the airport in the morning.

Once had a business meeting in the airport hotel across the car park at Dublin, and therefore walked at BOTH ends of the trip - that must be an unusual one.
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Think this one has done the rounds before (may have even started a thread on it myself).

I do remember reading a Guinness book of Records about the closest and furthest airports, and GVA was mentioned as the closest. I have walked there, but it still took me abut 50 minutes, and I got a lecture at the check in desk for arriving 40 seconds before it closed. "Mr J, vous devez completer le check in avant de fermeture"!

However, there are plenty of smaller airports, especially on islands - NEV is an easy walk to nearby beaches, first habitation up the hill from SAB overlooks the aircraft carrier strip, and of course given the reasons for most people here for visiting SXM, Maho is beach is naturally not far from the terminal!

If we're walking to a concert or exhibition, let's not forget BHX too.

BLL's Lego airport is very close, but I once went out the terminal and onto the awaiting bus, forgetting that my hotel was actually the one inside the terminal!

A taxi driver tried to charge me 50 to go from said leaning tower to PSA control tower, but I got the bus in the end, took about 5 minutes.

You could also ask which Ryanairports are closer to the city than the "proper" airport - that would include CIA, GSE and also IEV, although Ryanair don't go there yet.

The closest of the intercontinental major hub airports must surely be FRA?
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Corfu to the town center is about a 20/25 minute easy stroll.
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Airport close to city centres

As jabird has said island airports are often very close to island capitals Skiathos JSI comes to mind just a 5-10 minute walk to Skiathos town.
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The closest of the intercontinental major hub airports must surely be FRA?
I reckon Boston is closer in. The downtown high-rises really light up the runway area at night.
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I reckon Boston is closer in. The downtown high-rises really light up the runway area at night.
Yes, very true. I spent three months in Quincy, and they were impressive from up there too! And you can take a water taxi into town, bonus for that

Except when I went back a few years ago, I flew there from MUC, not FRA!
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DOH is only about a mile and half, although that will change with the new airport soon. Also BAH, just accross the bridge from Manama.

And SAN......

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