Premier Inn set to open new airport hotels

Premier Inn set to open new airport hotels

Premier Inn will be opening four new hotels at London’s main airports from Autumn 2011.

The budget hotel chain will open two hotels at Heathrow and one at Gatwick and one at Stansted, creating a total of 1,570 new rooms.

Premier Inn is spending more than £125 million on the developments.

The Heathrow hotels will open at Terminal 5 and will have 400 bedrooms; the one at T4 will have 240 beds.

The Gatwick hotel will be its second property at the airport and will be built at the North Terminal. It will have 630 beds and direct access to the airport.

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The Stansted property will have 300 bedrooms.

Mark Anderson, commercial and property director of Premier Inn owner Whitbread, said the move was a signal of confidence that the UK was moving out of recession and that air travel demand would pick up.

“As air travel returns to long-term growth, we see opportunities to build our presence at airports,” he said.

“The success of the budget airlines has shown that there is an increasing demand for low-cost travel and that includes accommodation.”

Premier Inn already has a number of airport hotels including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Luton and Manchester.

Premier Inn is one of the few hotel brands that has bucked the trend of the global downturn.

Its success is based on business travelers downgrading from four- and five-star properties to more affordable brands.

It has worked hard at delivering a product that business travellers want such as Wi-Fi and functional rooms, combined with convenient locations.