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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #181
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Gatwick second runway would hit fewer people than Heathrow expansion, says airport boss

A second runway at Gatwick would hit fewer people than expanding Heathrow, the Sussex airport's boss has said.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick, also dismissed the prospect of a third runway at Heathrow as “unlikely” as he vowed to march onto the west London airport’s “turf” by opening up new routes to the Far East and other emerging economies.

In an interview with The Standard, he was very sceptical about the idea of a Heath-Wick “virtual hub” airport, by joining up Gatwick and Heathrow with a fast rail link, stressing that it would be expected to cost billions.

The proposals for a “Boris island” airport in the Thames Estuary faced economic, safety and access challenges, he added.

Mr Wingate, a former managing director at Stansted, emphasised that Gatwick could expand until the mid-2020s with the use of the existing runway and currently has plans for 45 million passengers a year.

Under an agreement with the local community, a second runway could not be built before 2019.

But experts believe that the Government may eventually back such a development. “Clearly the density of population around Stansted and I’m sure it’s the same for Gatwick as well is less than the density of population around Heathrow,” Mr Wingate said.

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Southend Airport's revival gets under way

Travellers in the South East will have another airport from which to escape Britain next week, when easyJet starts services from London Southend.

From Monday, it will begin flights from the airport – situated between Southend and Rochford – to Barcelona, Amsterdam and Belfast, and from Wednesday it will begin services to Alicante and Faro.

It is hoped this will be the beginning of a comeback for the airport, which, during the Sixties, was Britain’s third-busiest, behind Heathrow and Manchester. At its height it flew nearly 700,000 passengers each year to destinations including Paris, Ostende, Rotterdam and the Channel Islands, but competition from cross-Channel ferry services and the growth of Stansted and Luton airports saw it fall into rapid decline.

The seeds of its revival were sown in 2008, when it was bought by the Stobart Group, which has invested more than £100 million in regeneration. At present it has only one service: Aer Arann’s service to Waterford, Ireland. By the end of the year, there should be at least a dozen.

In addition to those services beginning next week, easyJet is planning to add flights to Ibiza (from April 28), Malaga and Majorca (May 1), Jersey (May 2), and Geneva (December), and Aer Arann is to start flying to Dublin on May 10.

EasyJet, which this week ran an advertisement promoting the airport: (“An apology to the tanning salons of Essex. We can now fly all of your customers from London Southend to Spain, Portugal, the Balearics and beyond. Sorry about that,” it read), said it hopes to fly 800,000 people to or from Southend in the coming year.

Carolyn McCall, the airline’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to help put Southend Airport back on the map and we are sure that its fast, efficient and customer-friendly terminal, along with its great rail links to London, will make it a popular choice with our passengers.”
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Atlasjet is launching daily flights from London Stansted to Turkey on 5th May 2012. The private Turkish airline aims to provide a better quality flight for business or leisure travel from Stansted.

Known in Turkey as ‘the airline which loves its passengers the most’, Atlasjet is renowned for its high levels of customer service. Offering EkonomiPlus and Business class services, Atlasjet’s Stansted flights benefit from convenient early afternoon departure times. The airline’s great value EkonomiPlus fares from London Stansted to Istanbul Atatürk start from £138 return including all taxes and service charges. Atlasjet prides itself on transparent pricing and EkonomiPlus fares include generous 30 inch leg-room; complimentary food and beverages; 20 kg luggage allowance and allocated seats. Passengers can choose from a complimentary soft drink, beer or wine served with their delicious in-flight meal. Each aircraft has a dedicated Business class section with even roomier seats and 30kg luggage allowance.

From Sunday-Friday, Atlasjet flies direct to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, the popular choice for business and leisure travellers alike. Enchanting Istanbul is set at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, known as much for its rich cultural and historic heritage, as for its cosmopolitan nightlife and eclectic range of hotels. Saturday’s flights head to Antalya, the jewel of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, steeped in history and close to beach resorts and international golf courses.

Atlasjet has an extensive network of domestic and international flights, with connections via Istanbul to Ercan in North Cyprus, Bodrum, Dalaman, Adana and Izmir in Turkey, as well as connecting flights to Tehran in Iran.
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Caribbean Airlines to fly from Gatwick to Trinidad

Caribbean Airlines will provide an extra travel option from London Gatwick this summer with the launch of a new service to Trinidad. The carrier will offer four weekly flights to Port of Spain from 14 June, serving the island's main international gateway of Piarco airport.

Furthermore, a schedule of three weekly services will provide the option of one-stop connections via Barbados from 16 June. Caribbean Airlines will operate the flights using a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with cabins offering in-seat power outlets, entertainment and flat-bed seats in business class.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick airport's chief commercial officer, said the service will provide access to the important business hub of Trinidad for corporate travellers and also open up an 'exciting' new option for holidaymakers.

He added: 'This new route demonstrates our ongoing success in attracting new airlines to Gatwick as a result of our ongoing multimillion pound investment programme aimed to deliver the best airport experience for all passengers.'

Icelandair, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Air China are among the other carriers that have recently announced plans to launch new flights from the UK airport.
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Network Rail begins work for Heathrow Crossrail services

Network Rail has begun work on the Stockley Interchange in west London, a ‘crucial part’ of the Crossrail network that will allow Crossrail services to operate to and from Heathrow.

When Crossrail services begin, even more trains will travel along the Great Western main line so work is needed to improve capacity.

The current junction at Stockley allows trains to leave the main line and continue to Heathrow Airport.

Network Rail, on behalf of Crossrail Limited, will build a new single track viaduct for all trains from Heathrow towards London. Work is due to complete in 2017. Existing train services to Heathrow will continue to run throughout.

Stockley Interchange will allow Crossrail trains to join the branch to Heathrow without delaying – or being delayed by – fast trains to the west, thus increasing ‘capacity and reliability on the extremely busy Great Western main line’.

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 70km (43.5 miles) of track and 28 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.
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London 2012: Heathrow airport unveils Olympic terminal

Heathrow has unveiled a new temporary terminal to cater for athletes and officials involved with London 2012. The terminal has been built solely for "Games Family" departures, and will be used for the three days after the closing ceremony on 12 August.

More than 10,000 athletes and 37,000 bags will be diverted away from the other terminals during the period. Some 80% of Olympic visitors are due at the airport, with 13 August expected to be Heathrow's busiest day ever.

Jonathan Edwards CBE, former Triple Jumper and Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World Champion, said the Olympics was the pinnacle of an athlete's career, adding: "We don't want anything to hinder their performance so it's crucial we get their whole experience, from arrival to departure, right."

Construction of the terminal - which is roughly the size of three Olympic swimming pools - began in February in an area currently used for staff car parking on the south side of the airport.

The unveiling is a contruction milestone, meaning the building is now weather-proof. No flights will leave from the terminal, so athletes will be bussed to departure lounges.

With 31 check-in desks and and seven security lanes, athletes will take just 30 minutes to pass through the facility, according to BAA director for London 2012 Andy Garner.

Many will also be able to check in their luggage at the Olympic Village, ahead of arriving at the airport.

Heathrow says 27 June to 1 October will be its critical period - allowing time either side of the start of the Olympics and the end of the later Paralympic Games.

On its busiest expected days - 26 July and 13 August - it predicted passenger levels would increase from an estimated 95,000 on a usual day by 45% to 138,000.

Mr Edwards added that once the Games are over, the Olympians should leave London trouble-free. "When the athletes have done their hop, skip and jump, they can be forgotten," he said. "But that's not going to happen here. We've made sure athletes can leave smoothly while keeping Heathrow running."

Heathrow is expecting a 35% increase in baggage on 26 July and 13 August, with around 15% of the 200,000 items expected on those days likely to be oversized luggage such as sporting equipment.

To ease pressure on Heathrow, charter flights and private jets will use other airports such as Stansted. Airport owner BAA said it was spending more than £20m on the Games, none of which was public funds.

In addition to the temporary terminal, the money will be spent on building lifts to handle Paralympians' wheelchairs, providing extra media facilities, and recruiting and training 1,000 volunteers to meet and greet passengers arriving for the Games.

Heathrow said it did not believe the Games presented a higher security risk but it was recruiting 250 security staff "in part to give us more resilience during this summer".

It said UKBA would be able to use dedicated immigration lanes for the arrival of accredited Games Family members, athletes, coaches, officials, accredited media and other individuals. The agency is building a "pool of volunteers to work at Heathrow to ensure an efficient border control process during the peak arrivals period".

Heathrow is set to test its procedures in the coming weeks and the airport has 50 full-time staff working on its Olympic programme. It said that number was likely to increase significantly as the Games approached.
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Ministers are to study a contentious proposal to fly A380 superjumbos in and out of London’s Heathrow airport late at night.

Emirates Airline, the Gulf carrier, says it can cut noise levels by flying the big airliners into Heathrow on steeper-than-normal descents, and landing them part way down the hub airport’s runways, reducing the number of homes in west London affected by the din from jets.

In return, the airline wants permission to fly the A380s in and out of Heathrow up to 1am, and restarting operations at 4am. The move would be fiercely opposed by campaigners, but could enable Emirates to increase the number of daily flights to its Dubai hub from five to seven.

The proposal could provide Heathrow with a means to increase significantly the number of flights from the airport, following the government’s decision to rule out a third runway because of environmental concerns and a campaign by local residents objecting to jet noise.

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Heathrow airport passes 70m passenger milestone

UK's busiest airport sees 70 million passengers pass through its terminals in a 12-month period for the first time.

Britain's biggest airport has hit a new milestone with more than 70 million passengers filing through in the space of 12 months – although Heathrow's owner admits the increase in its record-breaking year is largely down to Easter.

While BAA has pointed to fuller planes and the airport's "resilience", the variation in the Christian calendar means that the Easter bulge in traffic has occurred twice in the last 12 months, this March and in April 2011.

The Easter factor generated almost 7% more passengers in March 2012 compared with the previous year, with 5.7 million people passing through Heathrow's terminals last month. The load factor, or proportion of plane seats filled by passengers, was also up by 4.2% for the month, which BAA says continues an upward trend.

However, Heathrow rise underlines Stansted's ongoing decline, with traffic down 4.7% from the previous year.

BAA's chief executive, Colin Matthews, said: "Reaching 70 million passengers at Heathrow is a major milestone, demonstrating the resilience of the airport in an otherwise challenging economic environment."

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Stansted calls for better links to London

Stansted airport is urging the government to improve the train link between central London and the airport as a way to boost the economy.

Where Heathrow is full and Gatwick more than three-quarters full, London’s third-biggest airport by passenger numbers processes only 18m a year of the 35m it could handle. The journey time to London has put off some customers, says Nick Barton, managing director. Half of those who use Stansted arrive by public transport – the highest portion of any big UK airport.

If journey times between London’s Liverpool Street Station and Stansted could be reduced from at least 45 minutes to half an hour, he argues, it could attract more airlines and a higher inflow of Europeans visiting both for business and leisure.

“Connectivity between airport and financial destination is critical,” Mr Barton told the FT. His team is urging Network Rail, the owner of Britain’s rail infrastructure, to include a commitment to cutting the journey time in its investment plan for the next five years, a programme due to be adopted in whole or in part by the Department for Transport this July.

The timing coincides with the government’s aviation review, which is set to address the problem of limited airport capacity in the south-east of England.

Better use of Stansted, which caters mostly to low-cost carriers, would only go some way towards easing the pressure on Heathrow, a hub airport dependent on transfer passengers. But Mr Barton argues that adding more routes at Stansted, which sits in a region rich with small and medium-sized businesses, would boost trade between the UK and the rest of Europe.

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How far is Stansted from Central London?
It's almost 60km to Liverpool Street, which is at the eastern edge of Central London. The 46-minute travel time on the Stansted Express isn't too bad. It's only marginally further than taking the Tube to Heathrow or the Gatwick Express.
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Increase in passenger numbers at Gatwick

In the year ended 31 March 2012 Gatwick Airport saw a total of 33.819m passengers travel through the airport.

This was an increase of 2.172m or 6.9% although underlying traffic growth is estimated at 3.0%. There were a number of factors that affected passenger numbers in the prior year, most notably the disruption caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

An estimated 600,000 passengers did not travel in April 2010, and passenger numbers in May and June 2010 were impacted by sporadic closures to airspace above Gatwick and elsewhere in the UK and Europe.

The impact of the eruption of Grimsvötn in Iceland in May 2011 was less significant, with disruption limited to airports in northern parts of the UK. The prior year was also affected by industrial action at British Airways, operational issues across easyJet's network, and continental European air traffic control strikes. No such significant factors affecting traveller movements were noted in the year ended 31 March 2012.

Passenger numbers in April 2011 were increased as travellers took advantage of the closeness of the Easter holiday weekend, the additional holiday to mark the royal wedding and the early May bank holiday.

Gatwick did not experience any significant periods of winter weather disruption in the year ended 31 March 2012. The prior year was affected by heavy snowfall across the UK in November and December 2010, which meant an estimated 281,000 passengers did not travel.

Low cost carriers in Gatwick's largest market, European scheduled services, have made the most significant contribution towards the period-on-period increase. European scheduled passengers grew by 13.8% and represents 52.6% of total passengers for the year ended 31 March 2012 (2011: 49.4%).

European charter and other long haul traffic both declined to represent 13.5% and 13.4% of total passengers respectively (2011: 14.9% and 15.1% respectively). UK traffic remained stable at 10.8% of total passengers (2011: 10.8%).
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Support for £450m Heathrow link line

PLYMOUTH is backing a campaign to have a new rail link to Heathrow Airport, writes Keith Rossiter, Political Reporter. Journey times to Heathrow could be sliced by three-quarters of an hour if a link from the country's busiest airport to the main Great Western Railway is built.

The section of rail less than four miles long would spare passengers the journey into London Paddington and back to Heathrow, or the alternative of catching a coach from Reading.

Plymouth's rail task force has written to colleagues in the Thames Valley pledging its support to the Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH) project. The task force has written to the chief executive of Slough Borough Council, which instigated the project.

Clive Perkin, assistant director for transport at Plymouth City Council, said: "So much business traffic comes through Heathrow Airport that we need to look at how we work with other organisations to form a long-term plan to improve the connections we have. It is good for employment opportunities and potential investors in the region."

David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, said: "We need to look at all projects which have the potential to benefit the region's growth and we look at ways to support them both now and in the future. This scheme is in its infancy, but is already gathering pace.

"Early indications show that benefits for the city could create up to 100,000 more passengers, 30,000 fewer car journeys, 6,000 jobs created as well as up to £20million gross value added to the local economy."

The link is estimated to have a £450 million price tag but would improve the journey for 20 per cent of the UK population.
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EasyJet adds new routes for winter

Low-fare airline easyJet has announced a series of new routes for winter 2012. The budget carrier will start services from Gatwick Airport to the Isle of Man, Turin and Tallinn in Estonia.

From Southend Airport in Essex, easyJet is adding services to Geneva and Venice, while it will be starting a new Manchester to Tel Aviv service.

From Newcastle, the carrier will be flying to Amsterdam and it is also operating a new Bristol-Copenhagen service.

EasyJet also announced earlier this week that it was starting flights between Belfast International and Birmingham.

The route expansion has added more than 230,000 seats to easyJet's winter 2012 schedule, which now extends to 280 routes.
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