At Heathrow’s Departures: Which Destinations are the Most Popular?


New York (JFK)

The city that never sleeps doesn’t really need any introduction, after all, who wouldn’t want to go to New York?

Some go for the shopping, others for its Broadway shows or its fabulous museums.Many go to visit famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. There are also plenty of green spaces – no fewer than 1,700 parks and playgrounds, of which the famous Central Park is only the fifth largest!

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As Emirates’ hub and the busiest airport in the world, many travelers from Heathrow to Dubai will be continuing on somewhere else.

However, with an average temperature of 26°C/78 °F and more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Dubai is also a popular destination for holidays in the winter months. Vacationers are attracted by the many ultra-luxurious hotels, more than 600 miles of coastline and designer shops, among many other attractions. It’s also home to the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa which has 163 floors and is 828 meters tall.

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Serving 322 direct worldwide destinations, Amsterdam Schiphol is a major hub, as well as an interesting destination for tourists.

This laid-back, compact city is easily explored on canal boats, on foot or by bike – the city’s residents cycle around 1.25 million miles every day. Highlights of Amsterdam include the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum – you could also join the roller bladers for a spin around the Vondelpark. If you’re visiting in Spring, a short bus or train ride away in Keukenhof, you can see seven million tulips in Europe’s largest flower garden.

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Hong Kong

A One World Alliance hub often used by those visiting East Asia, people also visit Hong Kong for the shops, restaurants and nightlife.

There are over 50 restaurants with Michelin stars as well as simple restaurants serving local cuisine, while you can shop in everything from smart malls to boutiques and night bazaars. Because it’s duty-free, there are bargains to be had, with the largest discounts in the two weeks before Chinese New Year in early February.

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Of the 19 destinations available from Heathrow by A380s, these four are the most popular. Which is your favorite?

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