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VFD discussion[edit]

  • Delete. Redirect to London is OK by me as well. An airport is listed as a rare exception to get its own article per Wikitravel:What is an article?, but this one wasn't discussed and was a copyvio from Wikipedia to boot. Personally I'd rather not see articles for airports unless there is a good reason for such an article to be created. -- Ryan 19:44, 20 January 2007 (EST)
  • Keep - as a redirect ~ 06:41, 4 February 2007 (EST)
  • Keep - As Article ~ Heathrow being the busiest international airport on earth (according to Capital Radio some time ago), it should be worthy of description. Perhaps in more detail MiddleEastern 11:41, 4 February 2007 (EST)
  • Keep as article - I agree with MiddleEastern - there are numerous bars/restaurants/hotels here, and it's hardly in London - it's about 30 miles out of the centre, and only just inside the M25. Plus, as it is one of the main hubs for international flights, people will be passing through here and spending time waiting for connections, where they may well want a hotel/meal/few drinks, so it makes sense to keep it as an article in it's own right. -- Tim 08:45, 14 February 2007 (EST)
  • Keep. Heathrow is the sort of mega-airport that warrants an article. It's arguably its own district of London. - Todd VerBeek 09:47, 14 February 2007 (EST)
  • Problem with all this is that maybe it "could be" an article, but in point of fact, it is not one as of today. If someone wants to turn this into at least an outline, go for it, but I see no point in keeping something around that's completely empty and could fit gracefully into the obvious city article. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 10:03, 14 February 2007 (EST)
Started. In fact, I'd be pleased to see most of the Heathrow information in the London article moved here, because it features an unusually specific level of information about where to eat etc, in what is (for all practical purposes) a region article. - Todd VerBeek 11:06, 14 February 2007 (EST)
Looks OK to me. Keep; I think there's a clear consensus on this one, so will deal with the paperwork shortly. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 11:23, 14 February 2007 (EST)

Outcome: Kept. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 11:26, 14 February 2007 (EST)

Does this case mean that we can also convert information on other huge airports into separate articles, as long as there's at least as much information as it's here now? --DenisYurkin 04:21, 15 February 2007 (EST)

Wikitravel:What is an article specifically mentions huge airports as an exception. So I guess the answer is yes. — Ravikiran 05:22, 15 February 2007 (EST)
I'd prefer to be very careful with this. Separate articles make sense for special cases like Kansai International Airport, which serves three major cities and is not located near any of them, but these are very much the exception, not the rule. Jpatokal 11:54, 15 February 2007 (EST)
Maybe it should be mentioned then at Wikitravel:What is an article what are good/bad examples? Like:
  • Good: airport serving multiple cities
  • Good: airport having at least N terminals
  • Bad: all the rest?
--DenisYurkin 14:11, 15 February 2007 (EST)

Aer Lingus Gold Circle Club Lounge, T1[edit]

Wondering whether anyone knows whether it is possible to access the Aer Lingus Gold Circle Club Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 1 from the International Departures Lounge (not Irish/Domestic departures). I would be very grateful if anyone who knows could let me know please. Thanks ! 02:34, 15 April 2007 (EDT)

Bus route 285[edit]

I find that my Zone 1,2,3 travelcard on Oyster is accepted on the 285 bus from Feltham Station to Heathrow Central, despite it being a long way outside those zones. I've never been sure if this is some technical oversight or whether it's an intended feature (I've not seen it advertised) but it's worked every time I've tried it. The article doesn't quite say the opposite (it could be referring to the train part of the journey) and I'm wary of saying for sure that it will work for everyone. Can anyone else confirm/refute this?

[I fear the above contribution (mine) is based on ignorance (mine) of how bus ticketing works in London. I've now been told that any Oyster card will give you access to any bus so my 'discovery' is nothing of the sort. Hat, coat, door etc.]

Article content[edit]

I've been doing a fair bit of work on this article recently and have appealed in the traveller's pub for suggestions as to exactly what information should be in a major airport article as there aren't any template or star atricles of this type to use as a guide.

Meanwhile I've plunged forward and added information on the changes that are currently occurring at the airport, getting around the airport, facilities, etc. I've also added an unusually detailed amount of information on how to get to and from Heathrow. This contains more detail on the subject than is normal for Wikitravel. My reasoning for this is that for most people an airport is not a destination unto itself. People are coming and going all the time: It's a transport hub - that's its purpose in the world. When somebody lands at an airport they're generally going to be far more preoccupied with getting out to their actual destination than what they can do there. I hope you agree with this rationale (because it took a fair amount of research!). Phlip 11:58, 17 June 2008 (EDT)

I think it's excellent work, and it is definitely not an outline article. Albeit the language could be improved here and there, i think the overall quality is up there, so I promoted it to guide status, the only thing really missing is a map - but feel free to revert it if anyone disagrees. Sertmann 14:20, 2 September 2008 (EDT)

Dot 2 Dot[edit]

The website says this firm is no longer operating and suggests SkyShuttle. Can someone update the information? 16:47, 8 May 2010 (EDT)