Thursday 25 December 2014

Airports that aren't where they seem

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Where you might think you are...
Disneyland Paris

One of the most popular tourist destinations in France, with family-friendly fun just a short hop away from the French capital.
...and where you really go
Ryanair recently announced flights to a new airport, Paris-Vatry-Disneyland. Which sounds lovely, except Disneyland is about 70 miles away from the airport.
... and while we're on that particular airport, Paris is more than 80 miles away. You could well get to Belgium more quickly.
Where you might think you are...
Munich, Germany

The celebrated venue for Oktoberfest, Bavarian culture, fascinating history and high fashion. Photo: Getty Images
...and where you really go
'Munich West Airport' is in the town of Memmingen (which only just remains in Bavaria).
Distance from Munich (approximate): 67 miles
Drive time: About one hour 10 minutes
Where you might think you are...
Oslo, Norway

The low-key, accessible capital of Norway, rich with museums, and fjord-fresh air within easy reach.
... and where you really go
Oslo-Torp airport (as used by Ryanair and Wizzair airlines).
Distance from central Oslo: 75 miles
Drive time: About one hour 40 minutes
Where you might think you are...
London, England

One of the world's most exciting cities, with its instantly recognisable landmarks and celebrated cultural scenes
...and where you really go
...to London Oxford Airport, in the Oxfordshire village of Kidlington.
Distance from London city centre (approximate): 60 miles
Drive time: About 1hr 26 minutes
Where you might think you are...
Stockholm, Sweden

One of the world's most picturesque capital cities, with terracotta buildings standing grandly by the waterside.
...and where you really go
Stockholm Skavsta airport, some way to the southwest of the Swedish capital.
Distance from Stockholm (approx): 66 miles
Drive time: About 1hr 17 minutes.
Where you might think you are...
Barcelona, Spain
The vibrant Catalan city in Spain, blessed with Gaudi architecture and some raucous nightlife.
...and where you really go
Barcelona Girona airport. (Beware also Barcelona Reus airport, which is about the same distance away).
Distance from Barcelona (approximate): 65 miles
Drive time: About one hour and 15 minutes away
Where you might think you are...
Hamburg, Germany

Where a band called the Beatles gained momentum in the early 1960s, a north German city famed for its bright lights and nightlife.
...and where you really go
Lubeck-Hamburg airport, considerably closer to the North Sea than you may have expected.
Number of miles from Hamburg (approximate): 45 miles
Drive time: About 53 minutes
Where you might think you are...
Robin Hood country

...to see the former stomping and shooting ground of Britain's most celebrated philanthropic outlaw, the man in Lincoln Green and the bane of the Sheriff of Nottingham's life.
...and where you really go
Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, which is, in fact, in an entirely different county to the one widely accepted as Mr Hood's former territory (Nottinghamshire).
Distance from Nottingham (approximate): 40 miles
Drive time: About 1hr 10 minutes
Where you might think you are...
Tokyo

The quirky high-rise capital city of Japan.
...and where you really go
Narita Airport, a good way east of your final destination.
Distance from Tokyo (approximate): 46.3 miles
Drive time: About 1hour 15 minutes

As regular city break travellers know only too well, an airport's name does not necessarily match the destination it is supposed to serve. Here are a few examples:

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