Norwegian and No.1 Traveller announce partnership

Norwegian and No.1 Traveller have joined forces to allow Norwegian’s premium-class passengers to take advantage of the airport lounge provider’s services.

Norwegian was the first budget airline to launch flights to the US.

Record-breaking month for Gatwick

Gatwick had its busiest month ever last month when it saw almost 4.4 million passengers pass through its two terminals.

A total of 4,362,600 passengers passed through the airport in August – an increase of 8.2% on August 2013, and an extra 330,300 passengers.

In addition to the record-breaking passenger numbers, Gatwick also broke its own world record for the most number of air traffic movements in one day on a single runway – the airport handled 906 movements on 29 August.

In a rolling 12-month period (September ’13 to August ’14), passenger numbers stand at 37,257,000 – 6.4% more than the previous 12-months.

Lane closures on M23

Travellers driving to Gatwick Airport are being advised to allow extra time for their journey due to roadworks on the M23.

The roadworks, which began last Friday, 12 September, involve a lane closure on both carriageways of the M23 between Junction 8 (M25) and Junction 9 (Gatwick) between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

A contraflow system and speed restrictions will be in operation.

Work is expected to last until the end of November.

Busy summer season for No.1 Traveller

Gatwick lounge operator No.1 Traveller is celebrating after a record number of passengers used its airport lounges this summer.

No.1 Traveller, which operates lounges at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Edinburgh Airports and recently launched My Lounge at Gatwick’s North Terminal, has seen a 20% increase in passengers at Gatwick, a 62% increase at Birmingham and a 50% increase at Stansted.

Phil Cameron, Founder & CEO of No.1 Traveller said: “The lounge market continues to grow, especially for No.1, with a staggering increase in passenger numbers year-on-year. We’ve been able to broaden our market to include a more relaxed, cross-generational crowd with My Lounge, which is a much more inclusive experience and breaks through the perceived formality of traditional lounges. Allowing people a choice has immediately increased our appeal so we look forward to rolling out My Lounge elsewhere.”

Record-breaking day for Gatwick NATS

Gatwick has broken the world record for the most number of air traffic movements in one day for a single-runway airport.

The airport broke their own world record on 29 August when it handled a total of 906 air traffic movements – the equivalent of one aircraft every 63 seconds!

The previous record was 895, achieved in 2008.

Steve Anderson, NATS General Manager at Gatwick, said: “To achieve over 900 runway movements means everything has to be working in perfect sync – from optimising the order of arriving and departing flights through to fine tuning the arrival spacing. It’s something we have worked incredibly hard at over many years and the team can be rightfully proud of the service we provide.”

Air China flight makes emergency landing at Gatwick

Flights were disrupted at Gatwick on Sunday when the runway was forced to close to allow an Air China flight to make an emergency landing.

The 1.30pm flight, CA852, was on its way to Beijing but landed at around 3.20pm after sending out a ‘squawk 7700 code.

The flight landed safely with no injuries reported.

Gatwick v Heathrow after Boris Island ruled out

Gatwick is set to go head to head with Heathrow in the battle for airport expansion after the Boris Island option was ruled dead in the water by the Airports Commission.

Boris Johnson’s plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, nicknamed “Boris Island”, has not been shortlisted as an option by the Commission, which will make its recommendations on airport expansion to the government in the next parliament.

Responding to the announcement, Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Stewart Wingate, said: “This is an important juncture in the aviation debate because now Britain’s choice is clear; expand Gatwick and support genuine competition, lower fares and greater choice for passengers or expand Heathrow and return to the stale monopoly of the past and watch the cost of going on holiday, travelling for business and exporting goods and service go up.

“We believe Gatwick has the strongest case. It is the only option left on the table that can be delivered with more certainty than either of the Heathrow options, and it can be delivered without the significant environmental impacts expansion at Heathrow would inflict on London. It can be delivered faster than any other option, and at low cost and low risk.

“Furthermore, expanding Gatwick will ensure the UK is served by two successful world-class airports.”

The response from Heathrow Airport came from CEO, John Holland-Kaye, who said: “We have always agreed with the Mayor that Britain needs a successful hub airport to compete in the global race for jobs and growth. Heathrow is now the only hub left in the race. We would like to work with the Mayor to deliver Heathrow expansion in a way that benefits the whole country while reducing noise impacts for local people compared to today.”

Norwegian opens long-haul base at Gatwick

Norwegian is continuing to expand at Gatwick Airport with the opening of a new base for its long-haul flights.

The airline, which first opened a base at Gatwick in 2013, now has 90 pilots and 200 cabin crew based at the airport.

In July, Norwegian launched Gatwick’s only low-cost flights to the US: Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale.

London Bridge to Gatwick services suspended

Due to building works taking place at London Bridge Station, there will be no direct trains to London Gatwick Airport until Monday 1 September 2014.

The rebuilding of the station, which commenced earlier this year, is due to be completed by 2018 at a cost of £6.5bn.

Record numbers at Gatwick

Passenger numbers at Gatwick broke through the 4 million mark in July.

A total of 4,057,400 million passengers passed through the airport last month, the highest ever monthly total at Gatwick! The previous highest total was in August 2013 when 4,032,000 million passengers travelled through the airport.

July passenger numbers increased by 6% compared to July 2013 and must surely aid Gatwick’s bid for a second runway.

Contributing to the increase was a 10.5% increase in European scheduled passengers, an 8.9% increase in other long haul traffic and a 6.6% increase in North Atlantic passengers – assisted by Norwegian Air’s low-cost services to the US. Air transport movements were up by 2.8%, although cargo was down by 8.1%.

In a rolling 12-month period (August 2013 to July 2013) passenger numbers have increased by 6.1% to almost 40 million (36,926,700) compared to the previous 12-month period.

Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “The strength of Norwegian’s new low-cost long haul flights on new-generation aircraft is really encouraging. What passengers want is the convenience of flying from their local airport to the destination of their choice with fares they can afford.

“Building a third runway at Heathrow will diminish the choice available to British passengers, making it more expensive to go on holiday, to travel for business and to export goods and services. We support competition, reduced fares and two world-class London airports serving the UK as a whole.”