Gatwick Express service changes this weekend

There’s more disruption to Gatwick Express services again this weekend.

Timetable as follows:

Saturday 28 March 2015

• Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour.
• Trains will depart Gatwick at 05 and 35 minutes past each hour.

Sunday 29 March 2015

Prior to 06:00, a bus replacement service will operate.

From 06:00, trains will operate at the following times:

• Trains will depart London Victoria Station at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour.
• Trains will depart Gatwick at 05 and35 minutes past each hour.

 

 

Gatwick: second runway will be privately financed

While the debates and arguments continue over whether it should be Gatwick or Heathrow that is allowed to expand, Gatwick has announced that it will not seek a penny of taxpayer money if it gets the go ahead to add a second runway.

The airport claims a second runway will be entirely funded by private finance, whereas, adding a third runway at Heathrow will require £5.7 billion of taxpayer funds.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “We have given a guarantee to Government that we will deliver our second runway project by 2025 and we won’t ask for public funds to help us do it.

“In contrast, Heathrow needs more than £5 billion from the taxpayer for tunnelling of the M25, major work on the M4 and A4, and many rail improvements. The taxpayer is essentially being asked to pay twice for these projects – once through their taxes and then again through the many years of disruption they will cause.

“By choosing to expand Gatwick, the UK gets the extra runway capacity it needs – with the economic boost that it will bring – while allowing the Government to fund other projects up and down the country that will benefit everyone, not just Heathrow.”

Gatwick to Vienna flights announced

British Airways is set to launch Gatwick flights to Vienna later this year.

From 17 September, the airline will operate six flights per week (Monday to Fridays and Sundays) using an A320 aircraft.

BA’s Gatwick to Vienna service will be reduced to four times per week (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) in October.

Gatwick Express service update

Warning to Gatwick Express travellers:

There will be disruption to Gatwick Express services this Saturday, 21 March, until 6:10 on Sunday 22 March 2015.

Saturday 21 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.

Be aware that departure times may be different for early morning and late night services.

Sunday 22 March 2015:

A bus replacement service will be in operation between the hours of 00:30 and 06:00.

From 06:00, a normal Gatwick Express service is expected to operate

Gatwick sees 24 consecutive months of passenger growth

An increase in destinations offered and more passengers per plane enabled Gatwick Airport to increase passenger numbers by 7.2% in February compared with February 2014.

More than 2.4 million passengers passed through the airport in February, an increase of 165,177 on the same period last year, making February the 24th month of consecutive passenger growth.

Passenger numbers have now topped more than 38.4 million in a rolling 12-month period (March ’14 – February ’15).

An additional 16 destinations (Paris Charles de Gaulle, Florence, New York, Warsaw, Fort Lauderdale, Kaunas, Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Strasbourg, Puerto Vallarta, Pamplona, Bodo, Tunis, Plovdiv, Luxor and Erbil International in Iraq) were available from Gatwick last month compared with February 2014, helping the airport to achieve increased numbers in all areas except UK domestic and Channel Island flights.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said, “Two years of consecutive month on month growth is a tremendous achievement and shows the benefits of greater competition and low cost travel. We are also benefitting from the huge investment we’ve made in operating the world’s most efficient single runway airport.

“But our continued growth has limits – we are now unable to meet demand across much of the year and are just a few years away from hitting full capacity. Creating more airport capacity in London and the South East will be one of the biggest decisions facing any new Government.

“Expanding Gatwick would be a genuinely exciting opportunity, and help to create a choice of two world-class gateways for UK and international travellers, promoting competition to keep travel affordable for all. A new runway at Gatwick is deliverable sooner, at lower cost, and without the overwhelming environmental obstacles that face Heathrow.”

Engineering works to affect Gatwick Express services 15 March

Engineering works will once again affect Gatwick Express services this weekend.

A half-hourly Gatwick Express service will operate on Sunday 15 March until 4am on Monday 16 March 2015.

Sunday timetable:

• 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.

 

Ryanair sees significant passenger growth

Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” campaign appears to be working after the company announced a 29% increase in passenger numbers in February.

The airline handled 5.8 million passengers in February compared with 4.5 million in February 2014.

In a rolling 12-month period, passenger numbers are up 9% to 89.1 million.

SMEs favour Gatwick expansion

The results of a recent YouGov poll indicate that small- and medium-sized businesses are in support of a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

A total of 40% of SME leaders running manufacturing and construction firms were supportive of an extra runway at Gatwick, compared with 32% in favour of expansion at Heathrow.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “An expanded Gatwick will deliver more competition and choice and, crucially, for businesses across the UK, it will have the dual benefit of better connectivity to London as well as a stronger network of airports around the country.

“A strong network of airports around the UK will provide cheaper airfares, more choice and better services for all travellers. A third runway at Heathrow, however, would restrict competition, reduce choice and connectivity, and restrict the growth of airports outside London.

“Expand Gatwick and the country gets two world-class gateways within a competitive network of airports and everyone will benefit from cheaper airfares through vigorous competition.”

New KFC drive through for Gatwick?

Could we be seeing a KFC drive-through restaurant at Gatwick after all?

A second application has been submitted to build a KFC drive through at Gatwick Airport.

A plan for the site – on land off Ring Road North at Gatwick’s South Terminal – was rejected last July due to the number of trees that would be lost.

The new plan involves the felling of far fewer trees – 51 that would have been lost will remain – and any that will require cutting down will be replaced.

Overall, the new restaurant plan offers 61 parking bays and is 12% smaller than last year’s plans.

A decision is expected to be made by Crawley Borough Council Planning Department by 31 March 2015.

Warning of overnight roadworks on M23

Delays are expected on the M23 from now until the beginning of April.

Resurfacing works will take place overnight, between the hours of 8pm and 6am, on the southbound carriageway at Junction 9 (Gatwick Airport).

Two lanes will be closed and a 50mph speed restriction in place.