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Latest News

This will inform you of recent developments or changes the regarding the 24 hours operation of Gatwick Airport and the surrounding area.

 

 

 

January 19th 2012 - Air Asia withdraw the flights from and to Gatwick Airport

The withdrawal of operations will start on the 31st March 2012.

GatwickAirport authorities replied:

"We are very disappointed to be losing AirAsia X, which has been operating a direct route from Gatwick to Kuala Lumpur since October last year. AirAsia X has made the reasons behind its decision clear. The continued high fuel prices in 2011, weakening economic conditions in Europe and the impact of Air Passenger Duty (APD) alongside the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) carbon tax in the UK has resulted in the withdrawal of operations at Gatwick on 31 March 2012.

‘We hope we can welcome AirAsia X back to Gatwick. As a founding member of the Fair Tax on Flying Alliance, Gatwick is campaigning for the cost of the Emissions Trading Scheme to be offset against those of the Air Passenger Duty in the March 2012 Budget. We believe the Treasury must pay far closer attention to the impact of this issue as the decision by Air Asia X is clear evidence that the burden of additional taxation in all its forms is a material consideration for long haul airlines flying to the UK.

"We remain committed to helping our airlines grow, to investing in our facilities and delivering great service for passengers. Over five million passengers travel every year to over 40 long haul destinations from Gatwick and we continue to improve our long haul offer with Hong Kong Airlines operating a daily flight to Hong Kong from 8 March, in addition to Air China operating daily between Gatwick and Beijing from May. More recently Korean Air has announced a three times a week service from Gatwick to Seoul which will start on 29 April this year".
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January 10th 2012 - Griffin Project

In the co-operation with the Anti-Terrorist Squad at Gatwick Airport, the Tudor Rose team attended an anti-terrorist instructional seminar held at their hotel Hookwood Lodge.

PC Andy Blackstock and PCSO John Chisholm delivered a fine demonstration on how the staff at Tudor Rose can make an effective and concerted effort to helo reduce the risk of the terrorist attack on the airport.

Subjects discussed were suspicious activity, ground to air missiles, rocket launchers, lazer beams and a lot more.

Tudor Rose would like to thank Sussex Police for their time and effort in bringing to the team here a new awareness of the risks the public face everyday.
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December 22nd 2011 - Air China announces Gatwick to Beijing flights

Air China has announced it is to launch non-stop flights between Gatwick and Beijing.

The new Gatwick flights will operate four times per week from 2 May 2012 using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
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December 12th 2011 - New Gatwick Express ticket gates launched

Gatwick Express began testing new ticket gates at LondonVictoria and GatwickAirport stations today, 12 December 2012.

From today, passengers will no longer be able to purchase tickets on board the Gatwick Express trains – tickets can be bought online, from Gatwick Express Customer Service Hosts, who will be manning the gates, or from ticket offices or ticket machines – an extra eight ticket machines have been installed at both stations.

The ticket gates will be fully operational by 31 December.
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November 25th 2011 - Strike information

Public sector unions have voted in favour of industrial action on the 30th November 2011.

The industrial action will involve the UK Border Agency who look after passport control and immigration at all airports and is therefore likely to affect arriving flights at airports across the UK.

Unfortunately, is expected significant disruption for passengers arriving at Gatwick on Wednesday 30 November and would warn passengers to be prepared for considerable delays at the border zone all day.

We would advise passengers to contact their airline to find out what plans and arrangements have been put in place.

Gatwick staff will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and refreshments and we will keep passengers informed of latest developments through announcements in the terminals.

Gatwick Airport’s advice for passengers

+Passengers arriving into Gatwick on 30 November please:

  • Have travel documents, including passports, available and taken out of any wallets

  • Use automatic e-Passport gates (where available)

  • Have landing cards fully completed and ready

  • Stay in family groups.

  • +People collecting arriving passengers on the 30 November please:

  • Check live flight arrivals before you leave home

  • Contact the passenger you're meeting

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    November 23rd 2011 - Gatwick to Nice flights announced

    British Airways is set to launch a new service from Gatwick to Nice next year.

    Flights will commence in March 2012 and operate three times per day.

    BA will continue to operate it flights to Nice from Heathrow and London City Airports.top

    October 29th 2011 - Easy Jet increases Gatwick to Barcelona services

    Easy Jet has announced it will add an extra daily flight between Gatwick and Barcelona.

    The additional flights will commence on Friday 6 January 2012 bringing the total number of daily flights between the two destinations to six, and adding an extra 2500 seats per month.

    Paul Simmons, Easy Jet’s UK Director, said: “Due to increased demand we are adding extra frequency on our popular Gatwick to Barcelona route, making it even more accessible for both business and leisure passengers in the region.

    “The fact that we are Gatwick’s largest airline reflects Easy Jet’s commitment to providing travellers in the region with the best choice of destinations, at convenient times and at the lowest possible fares.”top

    October 19th 2011 - Gatwick to Kefalonia flights announced

    Easy Jet has announced the introduction of a new service from Gatwick Airport.

    Gatwick flights to the Greek Island of Kefalonia will commence on 28 April 2012, operating three times per week until the end of October 2012.top

    October 19th 2011 - Gatwick to Kefalonia flights announced

    Easy Jet has announced the introduction of a new service from Gatwick Airport.

    Gatwick flights to the Greek Island of Kefalonia will commence on 28 April 2012, operating three times per week until the end of October 2012.top

    October 15th 2011 - Gatwick Airport opens new South Terminal Security area

    Gatwick pioneers use of technology to get each passenger through security in less than five minutes

    Passengers access security by swiping their boarding cards

    Screens displaying queue times for different colour coded lanes give passengers choice of which lane to use

    Gatwick Airport today announces the launch of its new South Terminal Security area. Opened by Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State for Transport, the state-of-the-art facilities will see passengers benefitting from a fast, smart and efficient security experience.

    Processing every passenger in under five minutes, 19 new security lanes will allow almost 5,000 people per hour to pass straight through into the departure lounge. This large, high-tech security area for the South Terminal will include 15 standard lanes for passengers, two dedicated lanes for families with young children and passengers with reduced mobility, and two lanes for premium travellers.

    Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport commented: “We’re committed to making the airport experience an easier, speedier and less stressful experience for our passengers.

    “We have improved every aspect of security - from the preparation area right through to the moment passengers hit the lounge - and are confident that the changes we have made will make a huge difference to all those travelling through the airport.”

    Spacious preparation area has been positioned ahead of the main security area specifically designed to help passengers get themselves ready to go through security. Large plasma screens giving instructions in five different languages also help passengers understand exactly what they can and can’t take through security.

    In addition, passengers travelling through the new security area in the South Terminal will benefit from security access gates where passengers simply swipe their boarding card or Smartphone displaying their boarding card*. Another useful and customer-centric feature of the new security area are the colour-coded lanes with screens displaying the actual queue time, enabling passengers to choose the lane they want to use.top

    October 14th 2011 - EasyJet increases Gatwick to Barcelona services

    EasyJet has announced it will add an extra daily flight between Gatwick and Barcelona.

    The additional flights will commence on Friday 6 January 2012 bringing the total number of daily flights between the two destinations to six, and adding an extra 2500 seats per month.

    Paul Simmons, EasyJet’s UK Director, said: “Due to increased demand we are adding extra frequency on our popular Gatwick to Barcelona route, making it even more accessible for both business and leisure passengers in the region.top

    September 12th 2011 - Gatwick to Fuerteventura flights announced

    Easy Jet is to launch flights from Gatwick to Fuerteventura.

    The new route will commence on 28 March 2012 and operate twice weekly.top

    September 9th 2011 - *** IMPORTANT FORECOURT INFORMATION ***

    Work is currently underway to re-design forecourts at Gatwick's South Terminal.

    Passenger numbers at the South Terminal are growing and so is the number of cars accessing the terminal Forecourts. The following changes have now been put in place at the forecourts in South Terminal:

    Private Vehicles

    Private vehicles dropping off passengers are to use the Lower Forecourt only. Gatwick Airport is doubling the number of car park spaces on the Lower Forecourt to accommodate this move including a disabled parking area.

    Private vehicles picking up passengers from the airport will be directed to use Short Stay Car Park 3 (orange). A new tariff which includes disabled parking in Short Stay Car Park 3 will allow 15 minutes parking time at a cost of £1. Express coaches and on airport car park buses will still use the Upper Forecourt to drop off and collect passengers awaiting onward travel.

    Taxis

    Gatwick Airport licensed taxi hire company Checker Cars will still use the Upper Forecourt. All other taxi operators will be directed to use the Lower Forecourt to drop off and pick up will be from the Short Stay Car Park 3.

    Car rental and official airport car valet will still be accessed via the Lower Forecourt.

    Off-airport car park buses and hotel courtesy buses will be accommodated within the coach station which has just benefited from a £1.5 million programme to improve facilities.top

    September 6th 2011 - Gatwick Airport launches ‘The Beehive’ - a new beer and bar for passengers

    Gatwick Airport aims to bring a buzz to the South Terminal with the launch of a brand new bar and restaurant named 'The Beehive'.

    Located before security on a newly created mezzanine level overlooking the recently renovated South Terminal arrivals, this new offering from J D Wetherspoon is well positioned to provide a welcoming environment for passengers arriving in the UK and for family and friends awaiting their arrival.

    To mark its opening, Gatwick will also see its very own specially brewed ale from Loddon Brewery, 'The Beehive Ale', on sale alongside a wide range of international draught beers.

    The food menu has been carefully designed to meet the needs of all passengers. For example, the eggs benedict at breakfast or a lighter lunch of roasted vegetable & couscous salad or gigante asparagus tortellini may appeal to the business traveller; for families, the gourmet burger range and smaller pasta dishes should prove popular with children.

    Passengers can expect a warm and welcoming dining area, a seating area for more relaxed gatherings and a main bar area which offers space to take in the view. Guy Stephenson, Commercial Director for Gatwick said: "The Beehive is set at the heart of arrivals where people need a friendly place to wait for and meet loved ones and reflects the modern, welcoming, customer-focused environment we are constantly striving to create.

    Gatwick and J D Wetherspoon will also be teaming up over the next few days to offer a prize to passengers who check-in at Gatwick using location based social media network Gowalla. A code will be revealed which can be redeemed for a special prize at The Beehive.

    The Beehive joins renowned restaurant brands Giraffe and Apostrophe which opened earlier this year offering passengers good quality international food.top

    August 30th 2011 - Lufthansa launches at Gatwick with daily service to Frankfurt

    Lufthansa chooses Gatwick to boost its services to Frankfurt

    Gatwick’s competing and winning new airlines, creating more choice for passengers

    Gatwick Airport has welcomed Lufthansa - the national flag carrier of Germany - by offering business and leisure passengers double-daily flights to Frankfurt, one of Europe’s biggest hub airports - from 30 October 2011.

    Flights will depart from Gatwick daily at 0950 and 1740, arriving into Frankfurt at 1225 and 2015, with the return leg leaving Frankfurt at 0845 and 1625 and landing back into Gatwick at 0910 and 1650. Lufthansa will operate the Boeing 737-500 aircraft which flies 120 passengers in a typical two-class cabin layout.

    Passengers already have over 200 destinations to choose from when flying from Gatwick - more than any other UK airport - and by connecting Gatwick to Frankfurt, Lufthansa has opened up even more travel opportunities. The airline offers flights from Frankfurt to 84 countries, which means passengers in the South East of England can explore far-flung places such as Beijing and Buenos Aires with far greater ease from their local London airport - Gatwick.

    The arrival of Lufthansa and its flights to Frankfurt - the largest financial centre in Germany and continental Europe - will help Gatwick build and strengthen its business travel offering. Over 50% of the seats on the Lufthansa flights from Gatwick are expected to be taken up by the business traveller.

    Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s Commercial Director said: “It is great to welcome Lufthansa and strengthen the links between the financial and economic centres of London and Frankfurt. Around 1.5 million passengers travel to Frankfurt from London each year so we expect a good take up on this route from Gatwick.”

    This is one of a number of airlines that Gatwick has attracted recently, others include Vietnam Airlines, Air Nigeria, airberlin, Norwegian, Aerosvit-Ukraine Airlines and Rossiya-Russian Airlines. They recognise that Gatwick provides a wide choice of onward travel possibilities and that of all of London's airports, Gatwick has the quickest and most direct link into central London.top

    August 26th 2011 - Gatwick is making it easier for returning holidaymakers

    Gatwick becomes the first airport to provide dedicated family lanes in the immigration halls

    New automated ePassport gates enable passengers to speed through immigration

    Gatwick, working in partnership with the UK Border Agency, has introduced improvements in the immigration halls that help to reduce queue times and provide a better service for those who might need it, including passengers with children and those with reduced mobility.

    Geoff Williams, Head of Security at Gatwick Airport said, ”We understand that the return journey can often feel long and exhausting. This is especially true if you are travelling with young children and you just want to get back home as quickly as possible.

    “That is why we have become the first UK airport to introduce lanes in the immigration halls dedicated entirely to families, and those who might need a bit of extra support. Staff who man these lanes have received extra training in customer service so that they know how to provide the right level of help. This has the benefit of making passengers feel more supported and it helps to reduce the length of queues across all the lanes. So, in fact, all passengers end up benefiting, not just those with children.

    “We expect other airports will follow suit, just as they did when we introduced family lanes at security.”

    The immigration halls also now have a selection of ePassport gates that enable EU passengers with biometric passports to get through passport control much more quickly and conveniently.

    The gates use facial recognition technology to compare a passengers’ face to the photograph recorded on the ‘chip’ in the passport. Once the checks are made, the gates open automatically.

    Carole Upshall, UK Border Agency Director for South and Europe said, ‘‘The newly installed automated biometric ePassport gates are now in use in Gatwick’s South Terminal which will speed up the process for passengers with a UK or European Union biometric passport.

    ‘The UK Border Agency is committed to maximising the use of technology to maintain a secure border whilst handling increasing volumes of passengers and we now have e-Passport gates at both Gatwick terminals, providing passengers with a secure, self-service alternative to the conventional manual control.”top

    August 19th 2011 - Gatwick resurfacing contract awarded

    Gatwick Airport has announced it has awarded the contract for resurfacing its runway to civil engineering contractor Volker Fitzpatrick.

    The runway at the UK’s second busiest airport and the world’s busiest single runway airport requires resurfacing every 11 years.

    Work will begin next March to resurface the 400,000m2 surface and will take place at night – around 130 metres of runway will be replaced at a time. Improvements to the runway’s drainage and replacement of the airport’s 1,900 runway and taxiway lights, fed by 530 kilometres of electrical cabling, will take place at the same time.

    David Wilson, Head of Airfield Capital Projects, said: “We are delighted that Volker Fitzpatrick is on board. With an excellent safety record and extensive experience of working in complex airfield challenging environments, Volker Fitzpatrick will help drive capital efficiency and quality, as we work to keep our critical asset in tip top condition.

    “With just seven working hours each night, we will remove and replace about 130 metres of runway at a time. The work will be planned and executed with military precision to ensure it is completed and inspected before the first flight is due to take off. I’m confident our team working in partnership with Volker Fitzpatrick, will rise to the challenge.”top

    August 2nd 2011 - Disruption to Gatwick train services continues after burst water main

    Yesterday’s burst water main is still causing problems on rail services to and from GatwickAirport.

    Gatwick Express is running a reduced service through the South Croydon area with trains operating half-hourly – on the hour and 30 minutes past from London Victoria, and at 20 and 50 minutes past from Gatwick.

    Southern is also reporting severe disruption to services. For more information go on www.southernrailway.com

    First Capital Connect is running a reduced service today and expects to operate approximately two trains per hour each way.

    GatwickAirport is advising passengers to allow extra time for their journey.top

    July 21st 2011 - Flybe and BA launch codeshare on Gatwick to Newcastle services

    Flybe and British Airways now operate a codeshare agreement on Flybe’s London Gatwick route from Newcastle International Airport.

    The new agreement allows Flybe customers to book seamless travel from Newcastle through to a number of BA’s Gatwick destinations including the Caribbean, Florida, Maldives, Mauritius and a significant number of European destinations – Flybe passengers can connect onto their BA flight with their baggage checked all the way through.

    Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “This new facility makes it a lot easier to use London Gatwick for onwards connections by British Airways and opens up many more travel options from your local airport offering savings in time and money. Whether you are considering taking the family to Florida or fancy a relaxing time in the Caribbean, this new arrangement makes it a lot easier. There are a number of European cities in Austria and Italy, for example, that BA serves only from Gatwick so these too are now much easier to reach.”

    Customers can take advantage of this seamless process by booking online on the British Airways website or by speaking to their local travel agent. Flybe flies to London Gatwick up to four times a day from Newcastle.top

    July 20th 2011 - BA reports 10% increase in families flying from Gatwick

    British Airways has seen a ten per cent increase in family bookings from Gatwick Airport compared to 2010.

    The airline reports that Florida is the number one destination for British Airways from Gatwick during the school holidays – BA offers 14 flights a week to the Sunshine State, with daily services to both Orlando and Tampa.

    Running a close second is BA’s Gatwick to Barbados flights.

    In July and August British Airways will serve around 7,000 child meals on flights from Gatwick, and cabin crew will give out over 26,000 special Paddington Bear Skyflyer packs to keep its young customers entertained.

    Silla Maizey, British Airways managing director Gatwick, said: “Thousands of families choose to travel with British Airways through Gatwick Airport every year. We make flying as easy as possible by offering families priority seating and a ‘feed kids first’ policy, which allows parents to help children with their meals before relaxing and enjoying their own while the kids are entertained with dedicated TV programmes and films on the in-flight entertainment system..”

    Over the past 18 months, Gatwick Airport has rolled out a number of family friendly initiatives to help take the stress out of travel for families, particularly those with young children in tow.

    In Spring 2010, Gatwick became the only UK airport to create separate security lanes – “assistance lanes” – to give families travelling with young children in buggies extra help through security after checking-in. It also created dedicated “kids’ zones” in the departure lounges of both terminals for children aged between 0-5 years to enable parents and guardians to relax while their children are kept entertained.

    To meet the demand for family holiday destinations from Gatwick, British Airways has also introduced the family favourite destination of Malaga to its Gatwick schedule, moving the service from Heathrow and almost doubling frequency to 27 flights a week.top

    July 12th 2011 - Air Asia to shift London services to Gatwick

    Malaysia-based budget airline Air Asia is expected to move its London route from Stansted to Gatwick Airport.

    According to officials from Air Asia X, Air Asia’s long-haul branch, the move will take place in October and has come about due to Gatwick offering “irresistible” rates for using its runways and facilities. Moreover, the company likely sees Gatwick’s larger number of connecting flights as another advantage over its north London counterpart, as well as its closer proximity to the centre of the British capital.

    Officials from Gatwick Airport have been trying to snag the long haul route from Stansted for several months, and reports also claim that Manchester Airport is seeking business from the Kuala Lumpur-based airline as well. Experts say that Heathrow is unlikely to see services from Air Asia, due to its high parking and landing fees as well as the fact that scheduling is already running at capacity.

    Gatwick currently handles just over 30 million passengers annually and is said to offer Britain’s best connections to Europe via some 90 carriers. Stansted handled about 18 million passengers last year, primarily from budget airlines, namely Ryanair, as well as Air Asia X, which through September will continue operating its six weekly flights between London and Kuala Lumpur’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal, where the airline offers connections to points around the Asia-Pacific region.top

    July 7th 2011 - Family friendly Gatwick

    Gatwick Airport has recently signed up to a new scheme to make the airport more family friendly.

    The new Family Friendly scheme, which has been launched by the Family and Parenting Institute, aims to make the UK more family friendly.

    Gatwick has already introduced a number of family-friendly ideas including separate ‘assistance’ security lanes and dedicated kids’ zones for babies to five-year-olds in the departure lounges of both terminals. Now the airport wants to modernise baby changing areas, trial the provision of airside prams, provide play areas for children between the ages of 5 and 10, offer facilities for teenagers, including mobile/laptop charging points and interactive games consoles and provide seating areas for young families plus offering porter services to assist families through the terminal.

    Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport said: “Millions of families choose to travel through Gatwick airport every year. We realise that travelling with children can be stressful, so we’re going out of our way to make their journey through the airport more enjoyable.”top

    June 30th 2011 - Vietnam Airlines to launch flights from Gatwick

    Vietnam Airlines is to launch direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from Gatwick Airport.

    The full-service airline will begin flights in early December from the North Terminal using a Boeing 777-200ER.

    Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive said: “These new long-haul routes are exciting news for Gatwick and for the 90,000 UK holidaymakers who travel to Vietnam each year who, this Winter for the first time, will be able to fly direct to Vietnam.

    “With Gatwick offering the first direct route to Vietnam’s two major cities, this provides a real opportunity for UK business to build and develop trading links in the South East Asian markets.”top

    June 29th 2011 - Potential delays at Gatwick due to strike action

    The Public and Commercial Services Union will strike from 19.00 on Wednesday 29 June to midnight on Thursday 30 June. Arriving passengers may experience delays at passport control during this time. Please help keep any disruption to a minimum by having your passport and travel documents ready for inspection.

    Gatwick Airport is working with UKBA to keep all disruption to a minimum for the passengers.top

    June 28th 2011 - Ryanair announces partnership with Gatwick Express

    Ryanair has announced a partnership with Gatwick Express offering savings for its customers when booking travel between London Victoria and Gatwick.

    The tie-up means Ryanair passengers travelling on the Gatwick Express service can save 10% on their ticket price – up to £5.50 per person.

    In order to take advantage of the discount, passengers must book their Gatwick Express tickets through Ryanair’s website and print their ticket before leaving home.top

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