Reduced Gatwick Express service 7 & 8 March 2015

Gatwick Express services will this weekend be reduced to a half-hour service due to engineering works.

Saturday 7 March 2015:

• Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 29 and 59 minutes past each hour.
• Trains will depart Gatwick at 05 and35 minutes past each hour.

Sunday 8 March 2015:

A bus replacement service will operate between the hours of 00:30 and 06:00

• Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour.
• Trains will depart Gatwick at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

RS09 car theft – why you should always use a Gatwick Approved Operator

Here’s why you should only use a Gatwick Approved Operator for your Gatwick meet and greet parking.

Book a non-approved parking company and you’re basing your decision on trust; you’re trusting that what the company says on its website is true – after all, there’s no industry accreditation proof to support their claims.

According to its website RS09 offers “the number #1 choice for Airport Parking in the Gatwick area”. However, all may not be as it appears on its website.

The BBC’s XRay programme, aired on Monday (23 February 2015) in Wales, revealed one very unhappy customer who returned home for his holiday in Spain to find that his car had been stolen from RS09’s car park.

The Burns family booked a week’s parking with RS09 in August last year however, when the family arrived back at Gatwick after their holiday, their car wasn’t there to meet them.

Here’s how events unfolded:

  • Mr Burns phoned RS09 and was told that his car wouldn’t start.
  • An hour later, still no car, so another call to the parking company, only to be told a lorry had to be brought in to start their car.
  • An hour later, still no car, only a phone call from RS09 asking Mr Burns what colour his car was.
  • FIVE hours after the Burns family arrived back at Gatwick, RS09 rang to inform the family that their car had been stolen.

Almost a month later, after spending more than £1,000 on car hire, Mr Burns was informed by the Police that his car had been found in a car park near Horsham.

This isn’t the first time the BBC has investigated RS09, nor is it the only non-approved Gatwick Operator to be investigated by the BBC for failing to live up to the promise of “secure parking”.

If you’re looking for safe, secure Gatwick meet and greet parking, you should always book with a Gatwick Approved Operator.

Reasons to book a Gatwick Approved Operator:

  • Their car parks have been inspected by the Police and awarded ParkMark approval – car parks are inspected annually to ensure standards are maintained
  • All employees are CRB checked and fully insured to drive your vehicle
  • Trading Standards has investigated the company and awarded them their Buy With Confidence award
  • Your car will be collected and returned to the terminal forecourt

Don’t forget, Gatwick Airport states on its website:

“Gatwick Airport strongly advise against using any parking supplier who is not an Approved Off-Airport Parking supplier as these other companies may not have any industry accreditation.”

Safe, secure Gatwick meet and greet

Want to book Gatwick meet and greet parking that meets Gatwick Airport’s and Tranding Standards’ high standards? Then book your parking with a Gatwick Approved Operator.

At the time of writing (25 Feb ’15) only the following companies are approved by Gatwick:

  • ABC Gatwick
  • Airparks
  • APH
  • Cophall Parking
  • Diamond Parking
  • ECO Parking
  • Help Me Park
  • I Love Meet and Greet
  • Just Valet Parking
  • Maple Manor
  • Meteor Meet and Greet
  • Ace
  • Tudor Rose

Engineering work to affect Gatwick Express this weekend

The never-ending saga of engineering works continues to take its toll on rail services between London and Gatwick Airport.

This weekend’s Gatwick Express services will be reduced to a half-hourly service operating at the following times:

Saturday 28 February 2015

  • Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 29 and 59 minutes past each hour.
  • Trains will depart Gatwick at 05 and35 minutes past each hour.

Sunday 1 March 2015

A bus replacement service will operate between the hours of 00:30 and 06:00, then:

  • Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour.
  • Trains will depart Gatwick at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

Why Hackney cabs can’t pick up from Gatwick forecourts

Have you ever wondered why you can’t get an ordinary Hackney cab to pick you up from one of Gatwick’s terminal forecourts?

You’re not the only one. The question was raised by Amin Mirza, the chairman of Crawley Hackney Carriage Association, at a Crawley Borough Council meeting held last November, the Crawley News reports. Mr Mirza also asked whether a rank could be set up at the airport.

Apparently, according to Gatwick Airport’s response to the council, “there is little benefit to the customer from the two companies operating side by side.”

“Having one company provide the service becomes a far more manageable contract than individual contracts with in excess of 250 drivers.

“This allows one company to manage driver issues and, most importantly, quality control of both driver and vehicle standards – a key requirement of the airport contract.

“This type of concession agreement not only provides a good control of vehicle and driver standards it provides a supporting income stream to the airport to allow growth for the future.”

Changes to Gatwick Express on Sunday 22 February 2015

Due to overnight engineering works, a bus replacement service will be in operation between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport until approximately 6am on Sunday 22 February.

It is expected that, from approximately 6am, a normal Gatwick Express service will operate.

Two new Gatwick ski destinations announced

Monarch has launched two new ski destinations from Gatwick.

For the winter 2015/16 season, Gatwick flights will operate to the new destinations of Geneva and Innsbruck along with flights to Grenoble.

Commenting on the new route from London Gatwick to Geneva, Adrian Tighe, Chief Commercial Officer said, “A welcome addition to Monarch’s ski programme. During the winter months Geneva airport becomes one of the major hubs for skiers travelling to the French Alps. Accessibility to the slopes is less than a two hour flight away from London Gatwick to Geneva airport; making it incredibly convenient for our customers wishing to squeeze in a long ski weekend or short break.”

Flights for next winter are now on sale.

Gatwick passenger numbers up 5.5% in January

Gatwick passenger numbers are continuing to rise, as January became the 23rd consecutive month of passenger growth.

Figures recently published show that the airport handled 2,359,100 passengers in January, an increase of 5.5% (124,000 passengers) on January 2014, making it Gatwick’s busiest January.

Contributing to the growth were an 11.4% rise in North Atlantic passengers, a 7.6% increase in other long-haul passengers and a 7.1% rise in European scheduled passengers.

Although passenger numbers were up 5.5%, air transport movements rose by only 0.8%.

In a rolling 12-month period (February 2014 – January 2015) passenger numbers increased by 7.5% compared with the previous 12-months.

Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said, “As the world’s busiest single runway airport, we are achieving great things, and our continued investment in optimising every aspect of both the passenger experience and the operation of the airport, continues to pay off. The pattern of growth is set to continue but will come at a price and we will struggle to meet demand in future years.

“When looking at airport expansion, only Gatwick can deliver the economic benefit and the extra capacity the UK needs at an environmental cost it can afford. Gatwick expansion will also deliver more competition between airports serving London and the UK, as well as greater competition within airlines, offering passengers more choice and helping keep airfares lower.”

London City Airport given go ahead to expand

While Heathrow and Gatwick are having a very public battle to be given the green light for expansion, London City Airport has stayed under the radar and secured approval to increase its capacity.

London City’s plans for a £200 million investment, which was given the go ahead last week, will allow the airport to handle 111,000 flights per year, a more than 50% increase on the current 70,000.

Expanding London City Airport is expected to create 1,500 new jobs, plus 500 during construction, and double the economic impact to £1.5bn per year.

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport said: “The development of the airport will culminate in 2023 when, having constructed seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and terminal extensions to the west and to the east, the airport will be welcoming some six million passengers every year.”

Gatwick Express will not operate on Sunday 8 February 2015

Due to engineering work between London Victoria Station and Streatham Common lines there will be no Gatwick Express service on Sunday 8 February 2015.

Gatwick Express service disruptions this weekend

There are yet more problems on the rail network this coming weekend – Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February.

Engineering works means that the Gatwick Express service will operate half-hourly instead of every 15 minutes.

On Saturday 31 January, train times will be as follows:

  • London Victoria to Gatwick Airport trains will depart at 29 and 59 minutes past each hour
  • Gatwick Airport to London Victoria trains will depart at 05 and 35 minutes past each hour.

On Sunday, 1 February, trains will depart as follows:

  • London Victoria to Gatwick Airport trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past the hour.
  • Gatwick Airport to London Victoria trains will depart at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour.

Departure times may vary for early morning / late night services.