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The great Christmas getaway: Five million expected to fly from Heathrow

Posted by Airport Cars on December 21, 2014 at 9:14 am. Filed under: Airport News

The great Christmas getaway has begun with some 116,700 passengers expected to take off from Heathrow in one day.

As children finish the last day of term and adults put on their out of office message at work, more than 698,000 people will travel to join their families across the globe over the next seven days.

From December 19 through to Christmas Day more than five million people will make their journey from UK airports and to mark the occasion Heathrow have created an video to show the movement including a special journey from the North Pole as Santa and his reindeer deliver presents on Christmas Eve.

Normand Boivin, Chief Operating Officer at Heathrow said, “Heathrow is proud to help take passengers further on their journey around the world for the festive season. This is such a busy and exciting time at the airport and the visualisation captures the service we provide for the world.”

 

Festive cheer has been spreading at Heathrow’s terminals since the beginning of the month with T2 celebrating its first Christmas with a 2D interactive vinyl Christmas Tree which lights up when passengers tweet using #T2Christmas.

Merriment will continue during the mass getaway week with plenty of festive treats in store from airside passenger ambassdors handing out chocolates to children to arts and crafts activities across the terminals where staff will help passengers make everything from gift tags to Christmas cards.

Children will also have the chance to meet some of their favourite winter characters including Pingu and The Snowman as well as the much-loved Peppa Pig, plus Santa and his elves will be making fly-by visits to the terminals to give out sweets.

Carol singers from The Christmas Carol Company will raise the roof with performances across departures and arrivals.

And on December 25, just over 100,000 passengers are due to travel through the airport of which 16,677 will be in the air just before the Queen addresses the nation.

This year, Heathrow will also make sure festive flyers don’t miss out on the traditional lunch and will be treated to special turkey, sage and onion stuffing and Christmas pudding boiled sweets – Boarding Bon Bons – at 30,000ft.

Is Heathrow's departure lounge your next destination?
Is Heathrow’s departure lounge your next destination?

 

The sweets will also be handed out to passengers flying across all five terminals on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Mr Boivin added: “We wanted to bring to life the warm and exciting feeling everyone gets on December 25th and what better way to make sure flyers don’t miss out on the most exciting moment of the day than by recreating the quintessential Christmas dinner.

We tried a number of different flavour combinations, including cranberry sauce, mince pies and honey glazed carrots, but found that turkey, sage and onion stuffing and Christmas pudding really evoked the taste and sentiment of Christmas.”

For passengers who enjoy a spot of shopping or need a last minute gift, shops will be open throughout the festive period.

This month, new to Terminal 5 are designer Louis Vitton opening their first European airport store and iconic British retailer Fortnum & Mason’s first airport shop which carries hampers, teas and jams as well a savoury counter selling smoked salmon and caviar.

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Gatwick second runway plans: Pilot’s-eye view

Posted by Airport Cars on November 7, 2014 at 7:14 am. Filed under: Airport News,Gatwick Airport Transfers

Pilots eye view

The Airports Commission says there is a need for one additional runway in the South East of England by 2030.

It has shortlisted three options: building a third runway at Heathrow; lengthening an existing runway at Heathrow; or constructing a second runway at Gatwick.

Led by Sir Howard Davies, the commission is due to deliver its report in summer 2015.

The BBC’s Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott was taken up to the skies above Gatwick Airport for a pilot’s-eye view of what a second runway would look like.

The flight provided by Gatwick Airport follows a similar facility provided by Heathrow Airport in 2013.

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Airline food around the world revealed

Posted by Airport Cars on October 17, 2014 at 6:28 am. Filed under: Airport News

Unidentifiable meat, soggy pasta and stale bread rolls: Airline food from around the world revealed (but not ALL of it is unappetising)

Airline food often gets bad press. And, as these images reveal, it’s often for good reason. 

From being served bland, congealed clumps of food served in plastic containers, to dining on unidentifiable meat served in a sauce made with who-knows what, the choices (for those in economy) are sometimes limited.

Now what airlines serve at 30,000ft isn’t just confined to inside the plane. Passengers share their disaster meals on social media sites such as Flickr and Instagram to warn others what lies ahead.

One post from a traveller with American Airlines snaps their main course (pictured below), revealing meat in a brown sauce with a side of mash potato and what seems to be sweetcorn and red pepper stew.

However, turning left when boarding a plane is a different story – passengers can expect meals of a much higher standard.

One lucky flyer with Lufthansa’s elegant business class shared a photo showing their mid-air meal.

As well as being treated to hors d’oeuvres is stuffed free-range chicken with Sel rose, a type of curing salt, accompanied with a creamy kohlrabi salad with blueberries and rocket.

A glass of white wine and two bread rolls are on the side.

Here are 25 airline meals served around the world.

India's now defunct Kingfisher Airlines serves an in-flight meal of  curried chicken and Indian-style bread, roti on the side. There is also a spinach and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) tart and a creamy rice pudding for dessert

India’s now defunct Kingfisher Airlines serves an in-flight meal of curried chicken and Indian-style bread, roti on the side. There is also a spinach and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) tart and a creamy rice pudding for dessert

Japanese flavours from America's Delta Airlines: A starter of salmon sashimi and pasta shells, followed by vegetable salad of peppers, lettuce, carrot and purple cabbage, and an anemic-looking roll. The main course is rice with brocolli and teriyaki beef or chicken. A slice of cake completes the meal

Japanese flavours from America’s Delta Airlines: A starter of salmon sashimi and pasta shells, followed by vegetable salad of peppers, lettuce, carrot and purple cabbage, and an anemic-looking roll. The main course is rice with broccoli and teriyaki beef or chicken. A slice of cake completes the meal

Healthy food on Korean Air: A vegetarian offering of peas and beans served with what appears to be rice-stuffed marrow and a side of couscous. here is some fruit, a pickled vegetable salad and a bread roll as well 

Healthy food on Korean Air: A vegetarian offering of peas and beans served with what appears to be rice-stuffed marrow and a side of couscous. here is some fruit, a pickled vegetable salad and a bread roll as well

TransAsia Airways: Business class snack of two types of breads, a fruit plate of kiwi, rock melon, pineapple and watermelon, and yoghurt

TransAsia Airways: Business class snack of two types of breads, a fruit plate of kiwi, rock melon, pineapple and watermelon, and yoghurt

Singapore Airlines's economy class Chinese meal of noodles cooked with mushrooms and vegetables and topped with three slices of roast chicken. Also on the tray are pickled green chillies, one bread roll and fruit salad. There's a slice of chocolate cake for pudding

Singapore Airlines’s economy class Chinese meal of noodles cooked with mushrooms and vegetables and topped with three slices of roast chicken. Also on the tray are pickled green chillies, one bread roll and fruit salad. There’s a slice of chocolate cake for pudding

Economy breakfast on a Delta Airlines flight from London to New York of scrambled eggs, wedges, sausage, fruit salad and orange juice

Economy breakfast on a Delta Airlines flight from London to New York of scrambled eggs, wedges, sausage, fruit salad and orange juice

Iberia Airlines: Is that Jamón ibérico on the breakfast plate? It seems only apt that the Spanish airlines serves a selection of hams with its omelette, toast and and fruit on the London to Barajas flight

Iberia Airlines: Is that Jamón ibérico on the breakfast plate? It seems only apt that the Spanish airlines serves a selection of hams with its omelette, toast and and fruit on the London to Barajas flight

An inflight meal of rice topped with beef for Japan Airlines and served with a side of shichimi (seven-flavoured spice) pickled vegetables. The airlines collaborated on these particular meals with Yoshinoya Holdings, a Japanese beef-bowl restaurant chain 

An inflight meal of rice topped with beef for Japan Airlines and served with a side of shichimi (seven-flavoured spice) pickled vegetables. The airlines collaborated on these particular meals with Yoshinoya Holdings, a Japanese beef-bowl restaurant chain

Kingfisher Airlines, which has suspended all future bookings until further notice, served an Indian street food snack, Ragda patties (made from potato and chickpea flour) on its economy flight from Delhi to Bombay 

Kingfisher Airlines, which has suspended all future bookings until further notice, served an Indian street food snack, Ragda patties (made from potato and chickpea flour) on its economy flight from Delhi to Bombay

DrukAir 's economy meal  doesn't fare too badly. Bhutan's national carrier serves spicy tofu and vegetable noodles, with dragonfruit, melon and pineapple on the side, a yoghurt pot, a croissant and a muffin

DrukAir ‘s economy meal  doesn’t fare too badly. Bhutan’s national carrier serves spicy tofu and vegetable noodles, with dragonfruit, melon and pineapple on the side, a yoghurt pot, a croissant and a muffin

This mishmash of cuisines comes courtesy of an American Airlines flight from New York to Tokyo. Passengers are offered a green salad, and two pieces of sushi with pickled ginger to start.  The main course is meat in a brown sauce with a side of mash potato and what seems to be sweetcorn and red pepper stew

This mishmash of cuisines comes courtesy of an American Airlines flight from New York to Tokyo. Passengers are offered a green salad, and two pieces of sushi with pickled ginger to start.  The main course is meat in a brown sauce with a side of mash potato and what seems to be sweetcorn and red pepper stew

Air France's main comprising a cheese and vegetable tart to start and a pasta dish of chicken and yellow capsicum. The tray also holds two baguettes, two bottles of red wine and a bottle of water. Dessert seems to be a berry and white chocolate mousse

Air France’s main comprising a cheese and vegetable tart to start and a pasta dish of chicken and yellow capsicum. The tray also holds two baguettes, two bottles of red wine and a bottle of water. Dessert seems to be a berry and white chocolate mousse

Garish plastic cutlery from Virgin Atlantic's economy flight meal sits uneasily next to an unidentifiable stew served with rice. There is also a salad with mayonnaise dressing and a bread roll. The best thing about this meal Gu chocolate dessert

Garish plastic cutlery from Virgin Atlantic’s economy flight meal sits uneasily next to an unidentifiable stew served with rice. There is also a salad with mayonnaise dressing and a bread roll. The saving grace comes in the form of the Gu chocolate dessert

Taiwan's EVA Airways Hello Kitty jet serves an adorable business breakfast set of tofu, miso soup, tomato and vegetable salad, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette), rice, pickles, and prawns with broccoli and mushrooms

Taiwan’s EVA Airways Hello Kitty jet serves an adorable business breakfast set of tofu, miso soup, tomato and vegetable salad, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette), rice, pickles, and prawns with broccoli and mushrooms

The inflight business class meal from TransAsia Airways offers rice with vegetable and stir-fried beef and a salad of leaves, tomatoes and asparagus as well two bread rolls. Pudding seems to be a square cake with seeds and nuts. The airline provides proper cutlery and even gives passengers individual ceramic salt and pepper shakers

The inflight business class meal from TransAsia Airways offers rice with vegetable and stir-fried beef and a salad of leaves, tomatoes and asparagus as well two bread rolls. Pudding seems to be a square cake with seeds and nuts. The airline provides proper cutlery and even gives passengers individual ceramic salt and pepper shakers

Setting the standard: Lufthansa's elegant business class hors d'oeuvres is stuffed free-range chicken with Sel rose, a type of curing salt, accompanied with a creamy kohlrabi salad with blueberries and rocket. A glass of white wine and two bread rolls are on the side

Setting the standard: Lufthansa’s elegant business class hors d’oeuvres is stuffed free-range chicken with Sel rose, a type of curing salt, accompanied with a creamy kohlrabi salad with blueberries and rocket. A glass of white wine and two bread rolls are on the side

Aero Mexico's Clase Premier breakfast is a serving of a bread roll, traditional huevos rancheros with ham and a side of fruit salad with mango, honeydew, watermelon and a single grape. End the meal with a sweet muffin. Note the crystal salt and pepper shakers as well the napkin-wrapped cutlery

Aero Mexico’s Clase Premier breakfast is a serving of a bread roll, traditional huevos rancheros with ham and a side of fruit salad with mango, honeydew, watermelon and a single grape. End the meal with a sweet muffin. Note the crystal salt and pepper shakers as well the napkin-wrapped cutlery

Drukair, the national carrier of Bhutan serves a sizeable meal for its business class passengers of stir-fried noodles with vegetables and shrimps, and a poppy seed roll. Orange juice or water to drink as well as a serving of fruit salad and creamy yoghurt.

Drukair, the national carrier of Bhutan serves a sizeable meal for its business class passengers of stir-fried noodles with vegetables and shrimps, and a poppy seed roll. Orange juice or water to drink as well as a serving of fruit salad and creamy yoghurt.

A meal served on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Taoyuan, Taiwan to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A serving of yoghurt, three slices of fruit and what appears to be salmon en croute served with tomato and broccoli, and a bread roll is on offer for economy passengers

A meal served on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Taoyuan, Taiwan to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A serving of yoghurt, three slices of fruit and what appears to be salmon en croute served with tomato and broccoli, and a bread roll is on offer for economy passengers

Clean flavours: Turkish Airlines' business class breakfast from Istanbul to Zurich is a simple offering of ham, a bread roll, feta, cucumber and tomato salad with cheese and olives. There is also a fruit salad and a serving of yoghurt as well as a small pot of sour cream

Clean flavours: Turkish Airlines’ business class breakfast from Istanbul to Zurich is a simple offering of ham, a bread roll, feta, cucumber and tomato salad with cheese and olives. There is also a fruit salad and a serving of yoghurt as well as a small pot of sour cream

Tuna with apple and celery, roasted mystery meat and rice, bread roll and green tea cake economy class meal on Singapore Airlines

Tuna with apple and celery, roasted mystery meat and rice, bread roll and green tea cake economy class meal on Singapore Airlines

Air Canada's London to Toronto economy flight passengers were served this overcooked cheese omelette, watery spinach and crusty tomato sauce. An insipid fruit salad plus yoghurt pot and oddly-shaped roll completed their meal

Air Canada’s London to Toronto economy flight passengers were served this overcooked cheese omelette, watery spinach and crusty tomato sauce. An insipid fruit salad plus yoghurt pot and oddly-shaped roll completed their meal

Top marks for presentation: Cathay Pacific's business class breakfast is an exercise in minimalism. A neatly folded omelette is served with a single slice of ham, one chicken sausage, a lone tomato and three brocolli florets. A soft crossaint,  a small salad and a mug of coffee completes this airline's simple repast

Top marks for presentation: Cathay Pacific’s business class breakfast is an exercise in minimalism. A neatly folded omelette is served with a single slice of ham, one chicken sausage, a lone tomato and three broccoli florets. A soft croissant,  a small salad and a mug of coffee completes this airline’s simple repast

Sandwiches for lunch: Aero Mexico's New York to Mexico City repast of ham and cheese sandwiches, salad, chocolate cake and bread roll, all which come wrapped in clingfilm 

Sandwiches for lunch: Aero Mexico’s New York to Mexico City repast of ham and cheese sandwiches, salad, chocolate cake and bread roll, all which come wrapped in clingfilm

This Air France economy meal is yet another variation of chicken and pasta, served with a bread roll for a double carb hit. There is also what appears to be a tart for dessert

This Air France economy meal is yet another variation of chicken and pasta, served with a bread roll for a double carb hit. There is also what appears to be a tart for dessert

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Blackpool Airport Announcement

Posted by Airport Cars on October 9, 2014 at 9:19 am. Filed under: Airport News

INFORMATION ON BLACKPOOL AIRPORT WEBSITE

We regret to announce that no agreement has been reached to secure the future of operations at Blackpool Airport. The airport operation has been making a loss for a number of years and unfortunately there is no option for the company other than to close.

This is a very sad day for the airport which has a proud aviation history and a loyal, appreciative customer following. We would like to thank all our dedicated staff who have delivered exceptional service to passengers for many years.

The airport will remain open to the public until 15 October 2014 and we will endeavour to maintain operations as normal until this date, after which time commercial flights will cease.

It is recommended that passengers contact their airline to confirm travel arrangements:

Jet2.com www.Jet2.com/info

Aer Lingus Regional +44 0871 718 5000 for UK or +353 0818 365 000 for Ireland

Citywing 0871 200 0440

While the sales process announced at the end of August was a final attempt to secure the future of the airport, the airport’s management had spent many months prior to this announcement approaching organisations with a potential interest in the airport in an attempt to find a buyer.

Work is currently underway with the independent aviation businesses and tenants at the airport to understand if their operations can continue in the future. Working in partnership with the local authorities, regeneration plans are also being developed which will be designed to create future employment and sustainable economic development opportunities for Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

http://www.blackpoolinternational.com/airport/news-media/news/blackpool-airport-announcement-0

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