Gatwick bid to become a low carbon airport

Hold on to your hat, Gatwick says it’s ready to become a new low carbon airport.

As the discussions around Gatwick constructing a second runway continue, they have appointed Simon Sturgis, an expert in carbon emissions analysis, to support their efforts to become the UK’s leading low carbon airport by 2025. Continue reading…


Travel to central London from Gatwick airport using only your Oyster card!

Transport for London (TFL) have started 2016 with a new scheme that allows customers travelling into the city from Gatwick airport to use their Oyster cards and Contactless cards.

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Hopes are high for resumption of Gatwick-to-Newquay route

It was not just keen surfers and other holidaymakers who were dismayed recently by news from Newquay Airport but, more importantly, those conducting business in the south-west of England.

Newquay holiday makers at Perranporth in Cornwall

First Flybe announced the end of the London Gatwick to Newquay service from the end of March 2014 and then easyJet decided that insufficient demand meant that a year-round service would not be viable for them either. Continue reading…


Gatwick could see 40m passengers in 2021

The bosses at Gatwick Airport have revealed their latest growth plan for the following decade.

It suggests that by 2021 the airport could see 40 million passengers passing through it every year (34 million passengers currently use the airport each year). Continue reading…


Passenger numbers up at Gatwick

Gatwick Airport has announced that its passenger numbers for the year up to the end of March have risen by 6.9% compared to last year.

Passenger numbers rose to 33.8 million, and at the same time the pre-tax loss was reduced to £48.6 million, down from £62.5 million in the same period in 2011.

Turnover at the airport also increased by 8.6% to £517.4 million.

However, it also said that some of the rise in passenger numbers was due to the Icelandic volcano in 2011 which badly affected business and prevented many people from using the London hub.

But even taking this into account, the passenger numbers were still up by 3%, representing a significant payoff for the large amount of investment in the airport over recent years.

Indeed, Stewart Wingate, the chief executive of the airport, said that it had seen “passenger growth every single month over the course of the year”.

Gatwick is currently investing £20 million every month to improve facilities for passengers, and this investment is set to continue to the tune of £435 million over the next two years.

Part of the airport’s recent success is down to the addition of new routes to Asia and emerging markets like China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Vietnam which have helped to boost passenger numbers further.

There is also speculation that Gatwick could be about to try and win permission for a new runway in the near future.

The government has already said no to a new runway back in 2010, but now there is more pressure for London’s airports to expand to maintain the reputation of the city as an international transport hub.


No. 1 Traveller open their 1st Super Lounge at Gatwick

On the 17th May 2011 No. 1 Traveller opened their brand new super lounge in the North terminal at Gatwick Airport.

The lounge offers passengers a Travel Spa, Airport Lounge and Business Centre.

The lounge should revolutionise the airport experience by making passengers’ time waiting for flights enjoyable.

The lounge costs £20 to enter and includes a bistro style food menu, fully tended bar, mini cinema room, games room and free Wi-Fi.

What makes this super lounge different is the Spa where customers can take advantage of luxurious showers, have a massage, enjoy a manicure, have a hair cut and even experience a garra rufa fish foot massage.

Business travellers should consider using the Business Centre where passengers can take advantage of individual computer systems, email, printing and fax facilities as well as private meeting rooms which can be rented out for as little as £12.50.

The new lounge modernises Gatwick Airport and the airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, Robin Longden is overjoyed by the introduction of the new lounge. Robin Longden made the following statement: 

“At Gatwick, we want our passengers to feel as if their holiday starts right here at the airport and not at the point at which they reach their chosen holiday destination.

“Our £1 billion investment programme is geared towards making the passenger experience more pleasant and enjoyable – providing better, speedier check-in products, shorter queues at security and delivering more modern, spacious departure lounge areas.

“The new No.1 Traveller lounge in Gatwick’s North Terminal will complement the improvements being delivered across the entire airport.”

No. 1 Traveller are so confident about their new type of super lounge they are already planning to open a grander lounge at Heathrow Airport in August 2011.

The new lounge sets a new standard for airport lounge and it will not be long until the other airport lounges are following No. 1 Traveller’s example.


Trade Nectar Points for flights at Gatwick

Beginning on March 22 2011, Nectar Card holders will be able to trade their points for flights at Gatwick, Bristol, Manchester, and any other UK airport served by easyJet.

Nectar, whose slogan is “you deserve it”, rewards shoppers for spending cash at particular supermarkets, websites, and high street outlets.

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Will water bottles to be allowed on flights again?

EU approval has been granted for a new X-Ray airport scanner that is sophisticated enough to tell the difference between water and liquid explosives.

The machine, which has been both researched and developed in Britain, could soon be set for EU-wide usage, leaving airport passengers once again free to take water bottles on flights.

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