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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.


The Best Way to Start and End your Long Haul Holiday

Posted by admin on July 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm. Filed under: Gatwick Airport Transfers

If you take a look out of your window right now, chances are you will be looking at overcast, if not entirely grey skies. Indeed, even though the UK is officially in the middle of summer, you could be forgiven for thinking autumn has arrived early. Of course, this is not something new. Indeed, we all know just how unpredictable the great British weather can be and that is why so many of us try to escape overseas for some guaranteed sunshine whenever we can.

Like most sun-seekers, you will most likely choose to travel by air when going abroad. Although it is not always the most enjoyable form of transport, air travel gets you to your destination far quicker than any other means, therefore you can enjoy more time in the lovely sunshine. As well as being quick, air travel is also the most convenient travel option as most regional international airports run plenty of scheduled flights to sun-drenched Mediterranean resorts.

However, it is fair to say that the convenience of air travel can come to something of an abrupt halt whenever you want to fly further afield. To be sure, whilst people who live in London and the Home Counties have plenty of options when it comes to long haul flights, travellers who live elsewhere in the UK are significantly limited.  This is because regional international airports do not operate anywhere near as many scheduled flights to Asia, the Far East, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and the Americas as London’s Heathrow Airport.

Therefore, if you live far away from the South East of England and want to jet off to an exotic long haul destination, you will first have to fly from your local airport into London so that you can get a long haul flight from Heathrow. Naturally, this is less than ideal as many of the UK’s domestic flights land at Gatwick Airport – a full 50 miles away to the south east.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that the train is the best way to get from Gatwick to Heathrow. Sadly, this is seldom the case. Indeed, this travel option involves getting the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station and then getting on the Underground so that you can catch the Heathrow Express train from London Paddington. As well as being very expensive, this transfer option is also incredibly stressful as it requires you to load, unload and carry your suitcases in very busy areas and deal with unreliable train times.

A much better option is to book a Gatwick Airport taxi through us here at Airport Cars UK as we can simply pick you up from Gatwick and take you straight to Heathrow – no fuss, no stress.

So, if you live far away from London and want your long haul holiday to start and end in the best way possible, make sure you book your Gatwick transfers with us here at Airport Cars UK.


How to REALLY Enjoy a Weekend Break

Posted by admin on April 25, 2012 at 8:14 am. Filed under: Gatwick Airport Transfers

Comedian Micky Flanagan once did a hilarious bit of stand-up about how no-one REALLY enjoys a weekend break. As much as we cracked our sides nodding and laughing, we reckon you CAN enjoy a weekend break with a bit of clever planning and maybe a few stiff drinks!

Do your research and pick somewhere you really want to go. A weekend of art in Barcelona, a weekend of love in Paris – you’re only going to be there for a few days so pick somewhere rich with the things you’re actually interested in.

Pay close attention to getting to and from the airport. We can take care of your London airport taxi this end, but what about when you land at the other end? Some airports like Tokyo Narita and Barcelona Girona are several hours outside the city itself. Be sure to book a taxi from Gatwick or Heathrow to keep your return stress-free.

Don’t over-plan and spend the whole time rushing about. Choose two or three things for each day but assume you won’t get them all done. Are you on a break or a military mission?!

Enjoy eating and drinking. For most folks, relaxing is all about sitting back and tasting the good life, so make sure you actually DO sit back and enjoy yourself!

Don’t take your mobile phone or computer. Give the number of the hotel as an emergency contact and then switch off for a few days before our Gatwick airport taxi ferries you home.


Kids Plus Airports Can Equal Smiley Faces

Posted by admin on February 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm. Filed under: Gatwick Airport Transfers


With some careful planning and support from ourLondon airport taxi company, smiley faces can indeed be expected. Kids and airports – and travel in general! – often don’t mix. But we’re experts with kids of our own, so we asked our long-suffering employees/parents to come up with a list of essential kit items and great time savers. Travelling from Gatwick to Tokyo, Heathrow to Adelaide, or just Heathrow to Gatwick, here are our top tips!

•    Plan transfers well in advance. Book a Gatwick airport taxi, a tuk-tuk to the family hostel or whatever transport you’ll need to get your brood fully from A to B. It sounds a bit simplistic, but knowing the enemy is half the battle!

•    Give the kids their own bags full of distractions. Books, colouring pencils, games consoles – don’t burden yourself with something they can carry themselves. Our teams found kids loved the independence!

•    Minimise what you’re carrying. The bane of parents on long journeys is often having to carry eighty-five different toys, sweaters, drinks, passports and balloons at once! Try to make each family member responsible for their own items.

•    Avoid sitting around for long periods of time (unless they’re asleep!) Airports are great places to learn, so go plane spotting, study other cultures and play the biggest game of Eye Spy, ever!

Travelling with kids is about calm, motivation and organisation. Let us sort out your taxi to Gatwick airport, leaving you to police the little monsters without airport transfer stress!


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