Posts Tagged ‘ Gatwick Airport ’

Gatwick plans for the future

Sep 9th, 2021 | By

Today, Gatwick Airport launches a public consultation on a proposal to bring its existing northern runway into routine use alongside its main runway.

Saturday snippets: 27th of August 2016

Aug 27th, 2016 | By

As the fun in Edinburgh ends, Adrian looks at the Dublin festivities next month as well as those on Sark and how the BBC reported driver-less taxis in Singapore.

It’s Friday rush hour

Apr 18th, 2016 | By

What possessed a planner to choose a Friday rush hour to remove one shuttle for operational testing?

Saturday snippets: August 22nd 2015

Aug 22nd, 2015 | By

Adrian welcomes cultural displays from Ukraine and Vietnam but only into London, ponders whether to become an engine drive and wonders how Thailand and Tunisia will fare over the winter season.

Why we don’t use our local airports

May 24th, 2015 | By

In a major study of over 542,000 passengers who flew abroad from the UK last year, Just about Travel has found that many people did not use their nearest airport.

Saturday snippets: 12th of April 2014

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

Lots of airline and ircraft news this week, even a House of Coomons debate on devolving APD to Wales with no success, so Adrian winds up the pre-Easter Snippets with some events over the break.

Saturday snippets – 26 October 2013

Oct 26th, 2013 | By

Another selection of stories about travel from the week just ending that includes rail, flights and another discovery in a car park.

Want passenger’s help? Think before you ask

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

As someone who has written hundreds of surveys over the years asking holidaymakers and air passengers their opinions of service, it really irritates me when supposedly experienced market researches annoy those willing to answer questions by making the survey unable to be answered.

Avoiding a catastrophic situation

Oct 18th, 2012 | By

Yesterday the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, said that the government needed to look at Heathrow’s capacity or there would be a ‘catastrophic situation.’ It was a necessity he said.

Vietnam: The Time is Coming

Aug 9th, 2011 | By

Package holidays to Vietnam, one of the fastest growing holiday destinations, may become a reality in the next few years now that Vietnam Airlines is launching a direct service from Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Pot and Kettle

Jun 10th, 2011 | By

My apologies. This story is two-weeks old but I missed it. Mea culpa. A reader spotted a press release on the Ryanair website and it really is just too good not to share with you.

The Competition Commission and BAA

Mar 30th, 2011 | By

This morning the Competition Commission has ruled that BAA must sell off Stansted and either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports. This follows from the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the sale despite the attempts of BAA to say that the travel market had changed quite a bit since the original ruling was given. What will BAA do now? Sell and give in gracefully or try and find justification for continuing its fight?

The Future for BAA

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By

This morning BAA announced its financial results for 2010. It made a loss but the chief executive calls this “robust” and confidently expects to present a “strong increase in profits” this year.
Now let’s get down to the important stuff. How is BAA going to treat its passengers in the future?

And the Snow Falls…And Falls

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By

For the last week or so, there has been snowfall over much of the eastern side of the UK. It has been unrelenting in places with stories of the lowest temperatures since records began and the usual heroic tales of the ability of people to get to work. For the traveller, this has been trying and much is made of the fact that other countries are prepared so why aren’t we? Is this fair criticism?
By tomorrow morning Gatwick will have been closed for 3 days. Why should this happen to one of the most important airports in the world let alone this country?

Flights of fancy

Feb 12th, 2010 | By

There’s one thing you can guarantee in the wake of the attempted plane bombing above Detroit in December: we’re all going to spend a lot longer at airports. CD Traveller profiles the capital’s four main airports to see how they measure up

“New” Gatwick

Dec 4th, 2009 | By

From today Gatwick is no longer run by BAA. Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), the owners of London City Airport, take over the running of the airport so what might be expected? In the short term, probably only cosmetic changes like signage, uniforms and names will alter. But what should happen in the longer term?

A problem with the old owners was that, by owning so many airports around London, competition was stifled so the first thing I should like to see is a wider net of destinations. Bring back more North American and Asia Pacific flights so there will be a true alternative to Heathrow and don’t let Gatwick drift into just being an airport for charter holiday flights and no-frills airlines.

Gatwick Sold…to a Rival?

Oct 22nd, 2009 | By

You will probably all be aware by now that Gatwick has been sold by the owners BAA to the owners of London City Airport, Global Infrastructure Partners. GIP paid about £1.5 billion which in normal times would be a bit of a bargain. Since it was virtually an enforced sale I suppose the other bidders, who included Manchester Airport Group, offered even less

BAA Decides to Fight To Keep All It’s Airports

May 20th, 2009 | By

BAA has decided that it isn’t going to give up any of it’s airports without a fight. It seems that they have decided to waste more of their money pursuing this idea despite the fact that, to just about everyone else, it seems like a good idea to stimulate a bit of competition. Could it be because of the price since recent estimates seem to value Gatwick at a lot less than they do?And yet it seems they have have thrown the towel in as
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Airport Signs are Scary

Feb 20th, 2009 | By

Unless you have been holidaying on the moon, you have probably noticed that there has been a bit of a general downturn in the economy. Doom mongers have almost been prophesising the end of life as we know it. (Although, to cheer you up slightly, houses are beginning to sell again in our village and some companies I know in marketing have noticed an upturn in the last two weeks)Imagine then walking from the gate through the walkway to get onto a plane at Heathrow
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