Posts Tagged ‘Gatwick’


[Telegraph] London hubs experienced the most flight delays among airports in Britain between July and September last year, with nearly a third of passengers (31 per cent) delayed at the capital’s five airports last summer, new figures from the Civil Aviation Authority reveal.

A runway at Gatwick Airport, the worst for summer delays

A runway at Gatwick Airport, the worst for summer delays

Gatwick was the worst, with 43 per cent of its summer flights departing at least 15 minutes behind schedule, followed by Luton and Heathrow, ranked second and fourth worst overall, respectively.

Stansted and London City Airport fared best among London airports, finishing in 10th and 19th place, while Jersey and Manchester rounded out the top five UK airports with the most delays in the third quarter of last year.

Britain’s airports had its busiest summer ever, with more than 78 million passengers passing through one during the three summer months. The result was the worst flight punctuality of any summer period since 2010.

On-time flight performance dropped three per cent to 73 per cent, while the average delay time per flight across the 24 airports surveyed was 15 minutes, a one-minute increase on the same period in 2014.

“Airlines are accommodating the continuing strong passenger demand by carrying the extra passengers on larger aircraft, rather than increasing the number of flights significantly,” said Tim Johnson, CAA Policy Director.

“The strong passenger demand and a……

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The Telegraph
9th March, 2016


 

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[Sky News] Passengers are told to contact their airlines for the latest information after the runway is shut for over an hour to all flights.

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At least 19 incoming flights were diverted and dozens more delayed following a suspected oil spillage on the runway at London’s Gatwick Airport.

No planes were allowed to land or take off from around 10.15am on Monday until the runway reopened just over an hour later.

The airport urged passengers to check for an update on individual flights directly with their airlines.

An airport spokesman said “Arriving and departing flights recommenced from Gatwick at 11.38am.

“The runway closure has caused some flights to be diverted to other airports in the area and there will be delays to some departing flights

“Friends and family waiting for passengers should contact the relevant airline for the latest information.”

Details of the spillage, and its cause, were not disclosed, but reports suggested oil had leaked from a jet on landing.

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Sky News
29th February, 2016



[BBC News] Passengers are facing widespread flight disruption after a computer failure at the UK’s air traffic control centre.

Vicky Lane, a passenger on a grounded London to Dublin plane at Gatwick said: “We’ve been stuck on a Ryanair flight… for over an hour.

“The doors are open and we’re really cold. I’m not sure when we will be leaving.”

Another passenger, on a flight to Paris, said his plane had “circled around the Lake District for half an hour before turning back to Edinburgh”.

Ed Bott told the BBC he was: “Currently sitting on the tarmac. None the wiser. Waiting for news as to what’s happening.”

Aviation journalist David Learmount said the IT problem would cause “major disruption” but would be resolved by Saturday.

“This impacts not just people within the UK, it impacts flights heading here from anywhere – anything heading this way will be told some of them can’t be accepted, and they will have to go back to where they flew from or consider diverting to other countries,” he told the BBC.

The RAF – which has its own air traffic control systems – said the UK military was unaffected.

According to one travel expert, the compensation bill from the disruption could run into tens of millions.

“The airlines will already be racking up the costs,” Independent journalist Simon Calder told BBC News. “Simply refunding passengers’ fares is going to cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“The airline also has an unlimited duty of care to put people up in hotels, to feed them and everything else, until they can get them to their destination.”

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BBC News
12th Dec, 2014

 


 

 

 

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[Reuters] Struggling British airline Flybe will quit its main London hub at Gatwick airport and has pushed back the delivery of 16 new aircraft to help it return to profitability.

In April the carrier forecast an underlying loss for the year to the end of March. Photo

In April the carrier forecast an underlying loss for the year to the end of March. Photo: Wikipedia

Europe’s largest regional airline also said it had axed 590 jobs, or 22 percent of its UK workforce, despite saying in January it would cut only 300 jobs when it unveiled a cost-cutting plan designed to end a two-year run of losses at the pre-tax level.

Flybe floated its shares on the London Stock Exchange at the end of 2010 and has since suffered from high fuel costs, falling passenger numbers and higher airport charges, especially in London.

The company, which counts British Airways parent IAG and billionaire investor George Soros among its largest shareholders, said on Thursday the measures would save it GBP£30 million (USD$45 million) in costs in 2013/14, GBP£5 million ahead of its previous target, with more than half coming from the job cuts.

Flybe will exit Gatwick in March 2014, after agreeing a deal to sell its 25 take-off and landing slots at London’s second-largest airport to easyJet for GBP£20 million. “No business can swallow cost increases of more than 100 percent over five years and Flybe simply cannot bear such punitive rises,” Flybe chief executive and chairman Jim French said.

Flybe said it had also pushed back the delivery of 16 Embraer E175 aircraft to between 2017 and 2019, which would reduce pre-delivery payment charges due this year by 20 million pounds.

The aircraft were previously due to arrive in 2014 and 2015.

Since Flybe’s 295 pence-per-share float, its shares have fallen 80 percent, cutting the company’s market value to 43 million pounds from 215 million at launch.

“Flybe is exposed to the regional UK market which is not seeing the same growth as London is,” said analyst Alexia Dogani at brokerage Liberium. “London airports have become more expensive for small regional airlines to operate (from) … and therefore Flybe has not been able to attract as many passengers for its routes.”

It is not the only smaller airline to have suffered. Last year, loss-making Spanair and Hungarian flag-carrier Malev ceased operations, leaving gaps in the market that larger low-cost carriers like easyJet have been quick to exploit.

European carriers including Germany’s Lufthansa AG, Franco-Dutch Air France-KLM and Spain’s Iberia have also cut thousands of jobs over the last year and reined in capacity growth.

Flybe flies to Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Isle of Man from Gatwick. Selling its Gatwick slots would substantially reduce its London operations to just the few flights it runs out of Luton airport, some 50 kilometres north of the capital.

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Reuters
23rd May, 2013



[IOL Travel] British Airways is to take on budget airline rivals by charging less if passengers travel with just hand luggage.

British Airways is to take on budget airline rivals by charging less if passengers travel with just hand luggage.

British Airways is to take on budget airline rivals by charging less if passengers travel with just hand luggage. Photo: Wikipedia

The airline said the cheaper fares – initially to be offered on flights from Gatwick to five destinations – will give passengers “more choice”.

Holidaymakers with luggage to check in will not pay more to compensate for the lower “hand baggage only” fares, BA insisted.

The move will be seen as an attempt to compete with low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet.

Peter Simpson, BA’s director at Gatwick, said: “The introduction of our hand baggage only fare is all about giving our customers more freedom to choose the kind of flying they want. Many British Airways customers on Gatwick short-haul breaks choose not to check in a bag as they’re already taking advantage of our generous two-bag hand luggage policy.

“Those who still want to check in a bag will simply pay the same price they do now.” …..

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Daily Mail
21st Feb, 2013



[BBC News] A proposal to expand Gatwick and Stansted airports so they can compete with Heathrow has been put forward by Gatwick Airport‘s chief executive.

Gatwick wants three airports to compete but campaigners want demand spread across the UK

Gatwick wants three airports to compete but campaigners want demand spread across the UK. Photo: Gatwick Airport Ltd

Stewart Wingate said both the airports in West Sussex and Essex should expand.

The plan would see three airports of a similar size competing with each other and spreading the economic benefit and environmental impact, he said.

But anti-expansion campaigners said the South East had enough air capacity and demand should be spread across the UK.

Several plans have been put forward to increase air capacity in London and the South East including expansion of Gatwick, Heathrow, and regional airports.

There are also three plans to build airports in the Thames Estuary off Kent, and a proposal to build a four-runway airport on Goodwin Sands near Deal.

Mr Wingate said: “What we’re promoting is a model which sees the airports of the South East competing with one another.

“What that means for us is a second runway going into Gatwick and subsequently a second runway going into Stansted.”

But John Byng, vice chairman of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, said the prospect of a second Gatwick runway was “worrying” and added: “It will create much more noise and disturbance for local people.”

He said: “There are lots of services that would be further overstretched by the expansion of Gatwick and what’s more it’s not needed.

“There is plenty of capacity in the South East for the flights that are needed. There isn’t an airport in the country that’s full except Heathrow.

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BBC News
1st Feb, 2013



[Telegraph]  Gatwick Airport will resurrect proposals for a second runway this summer as it ramps up efforts to become London’s main gateway to booming economies in Asia.

GIP will publish a “master plan” next month setting out what the airport will look like in eight years’ time.

GIP will publish a “master plan” next month setting out what the airport will look like in eight years’ time.

Details of the airport’s plans have emerged as its chief executive, Stewart Wingate, blamed rival Heathrow for giving foreign airlines a false impression that London was “closed for business”.

Gatwick, which has been owned by Global Infrastructure Partners since 2009, will publish a “master plan” next month setting out what the airport will look like in eight years’ time.

The airport’s bosses will also float two scenarios for how it could develop after 2020 – including the case for a two-runway airport.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Wingate said a second runway at Gatwick or Stansted would be less problematic – and costly – than either a new airport in the Thames Estuary or expansion at Heathrow.

The costs of building “Boris Island” seemed “prohibitively expensive”, he said, while a third Heathrow runway could cost in the region of £10bn-£15bn.

More people would be affected by the noise created by an enlarged Heathrow than at Gatwick or Stansted, the former BAA director added.

“There’s a noise contour which says that in and around Heathrow there’s about a quarter of a million people that live very close to…….

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[Original Sources: Crawley Observer / BBC News] Gatwick’s only runway had to close yet again this morning following another emergency situation.

A passenger to the BBC that after making a "nice smooth landing, there was an almighty bang and the plane suddenly lurched to the right

A passenger told BBC News that after making a “nice smooth landing, there was an almighty bang and the plane suddenly lurched to the right. Photo: Wikipedia

This incident again highlights how Gatwick Airport operations can possibly be severely affected by airstrip based emergencies, due to only having one runway available.

A tyre burst on a landing Boeing 737-300 this morning just before 11:30. The Ukraine International Airlines flight PS501 landed on schedule from Kiev Boryspil International Airport.

Gatwick Airport operational staff had to close the runway so that passengers could be safely taken to the airport’s South Terminal by coach.

One passenger told the BBC that after making a “nice smooth landing… there was an almighty bang and the plane suddenly lurched to the right”. The pilot managed to keep control of the aircraft, there were no injuries.

A spokeswoman for Gatwick Airport said to the Crawley Observer: “A Ukrainian aircraft landed earlier on today, as it did so a tyre burst.

“The passengers were safe, the plane was safe and there were no injuries on board.

“It was dealt with very quickly. The runway was closed for 10 minutes and it did not cause any cancellations or affect out bound flights. The passengers were coached to the airport.”

Ukraine International Airlines runs a daily return service into Gatwick from Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport.


Chris Newman for the Airport Informer
Original sources BBC News/Crawley Observer
15th May, 2014



[Breaking Travel News] Gatwick has continued its emergence as a serious rival to London Heathrow airport with the launch of its summer schedule.  

verage load factors were up 1.2 percentage points to 80.9 per cent in April 2012

Average load factors were up 1.2 percentage points to 80.9 per cent in April 2012. Photo: Wikipedia

Korean Air commenced services between Gatwick and Seoul on April 28th, followed shortly afterwards by Air China, which started flights to Beijing on the May 2nd.

However, passenger numbers were down 1.3 per cent on the previous April, primarily driven by the Easter holidays starting in April last year but in March this year, and the additional public holiday in April 2011 to mark the royal wedding.

Average load factors were up 1.2 percentage points to 80.9 per cent in April 2012, despite the year-on-year shift in holidays.

Air traffic movements were down 2.6 per cent year-on-year due to reductions in charter operations and some away-based carriers, offset by growth from Gatwick-based low cost operators and new long haul airlines.

Air Nigeria confirmed they will commence daily flights to Lagos from May 17th.

Gatwick will also welcome Caribbean Airlines on June 15th who are planning to operate a six times per week service Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Nick Dunn, Gatwick Airport’s chief financial officer said……

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Breaking Travel News
11th May, 2012



[Telegraph] Gatwick Airport has laid bare its ambition to rival Heathrow after announcing it had struck a deal with Air China over direct flights to Beijing.

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing Photo: Bloomberg News

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing Photo: Bloomberg News

Air China is the latest long-haul carrier to sign up to Gatwick, which is trying to build a reputation as an alternative gateway between the UK and emerging markets.

The airport has started flexing its muscles as Heathrow’s owner BAA battles with the Government over building a third runway.

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing.

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Global Infrastructure Partners owned Gatwick, said the airport – the UK’s second largest – could serve London “just as effectively” as Heathrow, where take-off and landing slots are…….

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By Nathalie Thomas
02 May 2012