Immigration Experience at London Heathrow and Manchester Airport

by Mridula on February 21, 2013

in Air Travel,Canon D350,Heathrow,London,Manchester,Photography,UK

Between 2007 and 2011 I traveled to UK (for work) 5 times. I was going through London Heathrow thrice and Manchester twice. From London I would then travel to Oxford. And from Manchester my destination has been Lancaster. I actually liked Oxford City a lot. I would spend sometime in London as well but I am not a big city person, I never have been. If I have to choose between Oxford and Lancaster Oxford is special for me.

All my flights to Manchester have been via Dubai with Emirates. There is no direct flight between Delhi and Manchester so we fly via Dubai. While this means I get a lot more time to watch back to back movies I do arrive very tired these days. When Ii said this to someone they told me that was because I was getting old. Well, they have a point!

Flying over Delhi to Dubai

Somewhere on a Flight from Delhi to Dubai

On the other hand Delhi London flights were direct, gave me ample opportunity to watch movies and didn’t leave me that tired. I have been on British Airways, Virgin and Jet Airways and all were fine. I am actually a big fan of international flights as I can drink a glass of wine and watch movies. While watching movies I try not even to blink but sometimes the wine defeats me and do doze off.

But when it comes to the immigration experience Manchester beats Heathrow any day. I understand that Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world and the volume that they handle is staggering. But even then, the queues are daunting and the behavior of the staff unpredictable. I remember one visit where the lady seemed to be miffed about something and it was not a pleasant experience. I did not say the customary thank you at the end of it. She found no reason to stop me in the end,

On the other hand Manchester is a breeze. The staff is courteous and they seem to be more willing to smile at least in the end.

So even though I miss Oxford but if I have a choice of landing between Manchester and London I would pick up Manchester for its immigration experience.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

arumugameaswar February 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I agree with you with regard to Heathrow as I had been there once and had a bitter experience.


Mridula February 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Arum probably goes with the territory they handle huge volumes. But yes there motto seems to be illegal immigrant till proven legal!


Mridula February 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Shalu and I have been to all the three places :D

Vishal and then you need to write about it as well.


Vishal Rathod February 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

Need to experience this

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Shalu Sharma February 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I think there is a connection between Manchester, Amsterdam and Delhi. But I could be wrong.


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