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StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 10:47:59

What is the closest / most accessible airport to Kent? I'm really confused as I've found Kent and London Ashford but no commercial flights seem to go there. Need to get to a wedding in July!

In case anyone has noticed my recent thread about getting to Falmouth for a wedding and is wondering if I am an anti-troll (posts really boring threads for people to ignore ), I'm not, I have 4 weddings this summer, 3 within a 7 day period shock

witchandchips Fri 04-Jan-08 10:50:21

Gatwick is about an hour from maidstone and would probably be your best bet

StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 10:53:05

Thank you
Gatwick should be fairly easy to get to, makes a nice change

Blu Fri 04-Jan-08 10:56:14

Also, depending on what motorways you are near, Stansted might be very easy, on the M11.

LIZS Fri 04-Jan-08 11:04:45

Which part of Kent ? Gatwick is probably your best bet but there may still be flights to Lydd

StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 21:25:11

err tunbridge wells
unless that's not kent
think i need to find out more details
couldn't find anything on lydd airport about destinations / timetables / airlines, was very confusing
Thanks everyone

LIZS Fri 04-Jan-08 21:27:12

Gatwick then. Allow an hour to Tunbridge Wells (not the best of roads across)

StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 21:31:41

thank you!
why do all my friends have to get married at the other end of the country?

bookwormmum Fri 04-Jan-08 21:36:56

Have you thought about going by train?

KbearTheOverExcited Fri 04-Jan-08 21:41:21

London City and a train?


Manston - not sure who flys in there but it's a quite a way from Tunbridge Wells

bookwormmum Fri 04-Jan-08 21:48:03

What airports are near to where you want to go? It might be easier to work backwards to find the airport your end iywsim.

StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 22:04:17

Have looked into the train, the problem is we're in Durham so would have to drive to Darlington as the early train doesn't stop in Durham. Could do Darlington I suppose as we have family there. Newcastle airport flies to Gatwick so that would be the obv choice
Actually....if we're going to Newcastle, could maybe get the train

StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 22:05:09

No that train must start in Darlington, you have to get the bus and my DH is allergic to buses

StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 22:06:49

sorry bookwormmum, misread your post
I want to go to Tunbridge wells
As far as I can see, the obvious airports are Lydd and Kent. Their websites don't have any details of destinations / timetables etc, which makes me think commercial flights don't go to them.

bookwormmum Fri 04-Jan-08 22:09:19

Might be worth looking at the train - if you book early enough you could go first class for the price of a flight!! Probably take about the same time.

Says she who opted to fly to Ayr in November (hanging about Stansted airport for over 2 hours) rather than sit on a virgin train to Glasgow for 4 and a bit hours grin

evenhope Fri 04-Jan-08 22:16:33

Noooo- Lydd only goes to Le Tourquet in France. It's not a proper airport (and you can't get anywhere from there because there is no public transport)

Manston is far too far from Tun Wells and I don't think they do internal flights either. Wouldn't recommend Stansted- involves crossing the QE2 bridge (toll) and takes a good 2 hours.

Best bet Gatwick, or the train.

StealthPolarBear Fri 04-Jan-08 23:03:21

Right, Gatwick or the train it is then, thanks you two (and thanks evenhope for explaining why Lydd seemed so odd)
Will find out more details about when things start etc and then look at the 2 options in more detail

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