I know from watching shows on TV that Anglo-Indian activity around this area is pretty considerable. To me, it might be a cheaper way to see a different group of expatriate Indians. But is one airport a better destination in such a trip than another? Are all UK airports in London or Luton? Or are those the international airports that feed air traffic to smaller regional airports throughout the country?
The UK's major international airports ate London Gatwick & Heathrow. Altho many regional airports do international flights they are generally seving budget airlines to European destinations or charter flights.
Luton is an outlier of London, about the same distance from the city as LGW or Stanstead.
We have international airports in London (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead), Luton, Birmingham, East Midlands (Nottingham), Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Aberdeen.... the list goes on. Leicester does have a tiny tiny airport but I think only small light aircraft land there.
Bit confused about what you mean by 'Anglo-Indian activity' do you have friends there? What would you like to see/do on your trip? That would help us to help you in what airport to suggest to you.
Birmingham and East Midlands are the international airports closest to Leicester. London Heathrow would be a better bet than Gatwick if you want a quicker getaway straight from the airport toward Leicester, Gatwick, south of London and you are likely to have to travel via central London to head out to Leicester if you land there.
I suggest you check flights to all potential airports in and outside of London. Some carriers are reducing international flights from outside London but worth checking all the same.
Leicester does have a very large ethnic minority, yes, although not all are Anglo-Indian. There are also very large ethnic minorities in many other UK cities and towns, such as Bradford, Birmingham, London etc etc.....
The UK has plenty of international airports, East Midlands being the nearest to Leicester. You are more likely to find a flight to Birmingham than to East Mids though, and Birmingham is also an easy trip to Leicester.
Our large airports do not feed traffic to other airports; the UK is not really big enough for that. You can get flights from e.g. England to Scotland or Northern Ireland, but it is faster to go by train from e.g. Luton or London to Leicester of Birmingham than to fly (once you have added in time for check-in,security etc etc).
Having said that, Leicester is also easy enough to access from Luton and the London airports, using either train or coach (long-distance bus).
I should perhaps clarify that 'Anglo-Indian' is not a term which is generally used in the UK. 'British Asian' is more common. The term 'Anglo-Indian' can have other connotations.
The Asian community in Leicester (and elsewhere) is largely made up of those with Indian, Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage (although there are many others with heritages from elsewhere).
I didn't really know what Brits call people whose ancestors were Indian. I've seen "Anglo-Indian" used for Englebert Humperdinck who I guess must have both European and Asian ancestors. I suppose I could use the term Desi or NRI that is familiar in the global Indian commmunity, but then I don't know how many people here would understand those two terms. But this thread is extremely educational. I had no idea that England had so many international airports.
I have never come across either Desi or NRI: I do not think they are terms used here.
I have seen the term 'Anglo-Indian' used (in the past, not nowadays) for those of mixed ancestry but never in relation to the communities we have in the UK.
British Asians may refer to themselves in terms of their heritage country (e.g. Pakistanis) or as British Asians or simply British or English.
You can fly direct from the US to a number of UK airports. There are no US flights from East Midlands, but from Birmingham you can fly from NY and 11 other US cities.
I imagine the flights FROM these airports to major airports are more common than the opposite. Probably they can't fill a plane in the US with Birmingham as the destination. At least, I'd be surprised.
There is certainly variation in scheduling, of course.
Continental and BMI fly to and from NY regularly, and NY can obviously act as a hub for other US locations > UK.
Have a look at www.skyscanner.net You will, I suspect be surprised at the availability of flights from the US to UK airports other than those around London.
I think Continental fly NY>Birmingham direct more-or-less everyday. BMI fly NY to Dublin, and from there you connect with a flight to Birmingham.
Always wondered about a flight with a stop in Ireland.
Very easy. Also, if you wanted to stay a few days in Ireland, there are several flights per day from Dublin and Belfast to Bham and more to other UK airports.
I always thought people did IR-UK travel on the ferry.
Maybe in days of yore Jim, welsome to a world of low cost cattles class flights. Ferries still run of course
Flying is often cheaper than using train + ferry. And quicker.
Ferries tend to be used mostly by those who are taking their own cars.
I guess I see some of the arguments. What I wonder is whether they scan the luggage of people riding trains and ferries. Flying has been made into a trial these days.
Luggage is not, as far as I know, scanned when travelling between the UK and Ireland by ferry + train. There is always a police presence at ports, of course. But the security risk is no longer what it once was, thankfully.
All luggage has to be scanned when flying, even internally, because of EU regulations. It is not a major hassle anyway, imo.