Posts Tagged ‘ London City Airport ’

Saturday snippets: 14th January 2017

Jan 14th, 2017 | By
skiing

Stonehenge, Club 55, Star Wars and medical assistance abroad compete with children’s attitudes to holidays in Adrian’s column this week. And there is the almost obligatory Southern rail story.



What is the point?

Nov 6th, 2016 | By
Customer satisfaction machine

As I pointed out many months ago this is customer service on the cheap and is just a sop to passengers to make them believe that the provider is really interested in what people think.



The Joys of London City Airport

Sep 18th, 2016 | By
London City Airport

Whatever it is they have, I wish they would bottle it and make it more widely available so that I could travel just as easily though other airports.



Music to be searched by

Aug 28th, 2016 | By
London City Airport

My favourite airport has just become less appealing. London City has become the first UK airport to pipe music into its main security search area.



Saturday snippets: 14th May 2016

May 14th, 2016 | By

Queues, a new rail service and the reopening of airlinks to Sharm El-Sheikh from Germany are some of Adrian’s thoughts this week.



Saturday snippets: 15th August 2015

Aug 15th, 2015 | By

If you travel to Thailand you buy a visa which is valid for just one month. Now the government has announced that there will be a visa multiple entry six-month visas which is expected is to be a huge boost for tourism. It still awaits cabinet approval which is expected to be a formality and the visas should be available before the end of the year in time for the peak winter season. Last month Thailand received 2.6 million arrivals, up by 37% compared to
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Skytrax Airport Awards

Apr 2nd, 2011 | By

On Wednesday evening in Copenhagen, Skytrax announced the winners of their airport awards. Never heard of them? Skytrax polls travellers across the world for their thoughts across 39 different categories. These surveys are always completed after the trip so that people can think for a day or two after the event so that a considered opinion can be given. And 11.38 million people from 105 different nationalities gave just that considered opinion.

The airport of the year was Hong Kong International Airport which, if you have ever used it, would be a popular choice



West Highland Railway Success

Feb 7th, 2010 | By

For the second year in a row, readers polled by Wanderlust magazine have named the West Highland Railway the world’s best railway journey which runs from Glasgow to Mallaig. This is how the BBC ran the results of the Wanderlust annual survey into what its readers preferred. They omitted to mention the other awards. It was, unfortunately, the only category in which a UK destination or attraction won a top award. (I don’t include best UK Airport which, obviously, had to be won by a UK entrant! Incidentally, the winner was London City)
The readers of Wanderlust are an adventurous bunch so don’t expect your average destination to featur



What’s an Airport For?

Jan 10th, 2010 | By

Last week The Sunday Times wrote a piece by Matt Rudd about how unfriendly airports are to children. It presupposes the question that airports are supposed to be friendly in the first place. Not just for children but for everyone.
Airports are there to enable you to catch a flight to somewhere so surely the prime aim is to get you through and out as soon as possible? If you are flying in then the same applies. It is get you off the plane and out into the real world. Then some bright spark decided to add duty free shops, then cafés, then restaurants, then shops, then lounges, then viewing areas and places where you can spend £20 on a ticket to win a car. All of a sudden they were bigger than villages. All they need is a Tesco or a Sainsbury and I can do my weekly shop there as well



“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