Redefine|BDL Hotels takes over Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton Gatwick Exterior

Redefine|BDL Hotels, the UK’s largest independent hotel management company, has announced that it has added Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport to its portfolio of hotels.

Hampton by Hilton, which offers 192 rooms, is linked to Gatwick’s North Terminal and brings the number of hotels managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels to 63.

The take over took place on Tuesday 1 March.

John Stuart, Redefine|BDL Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’re very excited about Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport joining the Redefine|BDL Hotels portfolio.

“The hotel sits in a prime location for both business and leisure travellers, with great access and links to Gatwick Airport, central London and Sussex.

“We will bring our wealth of experience in running airport hotels at Heathrow, Glasgow and Manchester to bear, ensuring all of our guests have a fantastic experience when they come to stay at Gatwick.

Gatwick targets 50% cut in carbon emissions

Gatwick Airport has appointed a carbon emissions analyst in its attempt to become the UK’s leading low-carbon airport by 2025.

Simon Sturgis will join the airport later this month to help Gatwick identify ways in which the airport can reduce its carbon footprint by half by 2020.

Gatwick’s current environment targets from 2010 to 2020 are:

  • 50% reduction in carbon emissions (30% achieved to date)
  • Maintain current zero breaches of legal air quality limits (on track)
  • 20% reduction in water consumption (achieved)
  • 20% reduction in electricity and gas consumption (17% achieved to date)
  • No untreated waste to landfill/ 70% recycling rate (achieved/ 48% achieved)

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick has ambitious expansion plans to meet rapidly growing demand, and these are matched by equally ambitious plans to develop the airport in the most environmentally responsible way possible.

“Carbon used in construction is often a hidden cost to the environment, but we know it is a significant contributor to an airport’s environmental footprint. I’m delighted that Simon has come on board and will help us reduce our carbon impact across the full range of activities so we can become the most sustainable airport around. “

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.”

ASL lands Monarch ground-handling contract

Monarch Airlines has announced that Airline Services (ASL) will be responsible for its ground handling at Gatwick.

In August the airline cancelled its Gatwick ground-handling contract with Swissport following delays that saw some passengers wait five hours for their luggage.

Michael Whitfield, Head of Procurement for Monarch Airlines said, “This is a significant change to Monarch’s operations at Gatwick airport and represents our commitment to customer service. ASL have spent an extensive period of time working with Monarch to plan for a successful start to operations. We would like to thank ASL and the LGW airport leadership for the significant contributions made in the planning phase.”

ASL offers ground handling at 11 of the UK’s major airports.

Morgan Sindall signs new Gatwick Deal

Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) has won a place on the new framework agreement for the provision of design, engineering, and architectural services that will support Gatwick Airport in its ambition to become London’s airport of choice.

It is MSPS’ second consecutive, three-year framework agreement with Gatwick Airport and adds to its current frameworks with London’s two other major airports, Heathrow Airport and with Stansted Airport, as its sole consultant.

MSPS has been responsible for delivering a range of design projects within Gatwick, which have included the South Terminal’s Pier One baggage facility and the South Terminal Airside Development project.

It has also delivered the Gatwick South Terminal Central Search project, which won the Low Carbon Project of the Year and the Public Building Project of the Year in the Lighting Design Awards 2013.

George McBride, sector director for Transport at Morgan Sindall Professional Services says that the company’s successes at all three major London airports confirms MSPS as an industry leader in the design of airport environments:

“To be chosen again is testament to our expertise and experience in understanding the needs of passengers and airport stakeholders, as well as in supporting London’s airports through the challenges of ensuring that they continue to be commercially competitive both nationally and internationally,” he says.

“Now that all London airports are under separate private ownership, there is real competition and the need to provide the best passenger experience and airport environment where the delivery of safe, sustainable and efficient projects is crucial.”

Derek Hendry, Construction Director, at London Gatwick says that the framework agreement will support its foremost strategy of becoming London’s airport of choice: “Morgan Sindall Professional Service’s broad range of skills will help us to build on the significant progress that has been made in the last four years and to deliver a world class experience for passengers.”

Aer Lingus extends Monarch maintenance agreement

Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s maintenance technical handling agreement with Aer Lingus has been extended.

The agreement means that MEAL will continue to provide support for Aer Lingus’ Airbus A320s at Gatwick.

Commenting on the agreement, Ian Bartholomew, Sales & Marketing Director for MAEL said, “The extension of this agreement demonstrates the high quality service level Aer Lingus have been receiving from us at Gatwick. We look forward to continuing this support”.

Dominic Ryan, Director of Maintenance and Engineering for Aer Lingus said, “We are delighted to be continuing our on-going working relationship with Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s at Gatwick.”

Q8Aviation Launches Fuel Service at Gatwick

Q8Aviation has launched a new jet fuel operation at Gatwick Airport and won its first customers, Air Nigeria and Caribbean Airlines.

Fadel Al-Faraj, General Manager of Q8Aviation, said: “Winning these contracts at Gatwick, one of Europe’s busiest and most strategically important hubs, is a very significant achievement for Q8Aviation. We have invested substantially in import and storage infrastructure to provide a safe, secure fuel supply and I am delighted to see that this strategy is proving successful.”

Q8Aviation is a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest oil producers. Fuel for Gatwick from Kuwait, is sourced from Kuwait and offers a supply chain that extends ‘from wellhead to wingtip’. Fuel is imported through Q8Aviation’s dedicated import facilities at Avonmouth and stored at the Hallen Fuel Depot, in which Q8Aviation has also invested, before being transported to the airport via the GPSS pipeline.

8 Solutions wins five year specialist deep cleaning contract for Gatwick Airport’s Data Centre

8 Solutions, the UK’s leading data centre healthcare company specialising in the deep cleaning and decontamination of critical environments, has won a five-year contract to provide technical cleaning services for the data centre at Gatwick Airport.

In May 2011, the company won a five-year contract to be Gatwick Airport’s supplier for critical facility cleaning services at 28 sites, however, the new contract will increase their remit to 33 locations.

John Blythman, Data Centre Manager at Gatwick Airport, says: “The regular deep cleaning of our facilities is absolutely essential to the smooth running of our technical locations at Gatwick. We were extremely impressed with the professionalism, dedication and skill of 8 Solutions’ technicians and we welcome them to the airport.”

8 Solutions is ISO 14644-1 Clean Rooms and Associated Controlled Environments accredited, but there is no mandatory enforcement of this standard in the UK.

Specialist deep cleaning improves the performance, power consumption and longevity of expensive IT equipment.