Passengers headed for London airports over Christmas are set to experience disruption as National Rail begins a period of intensive engineering works. Gatwick Express train services from London Victoria will stop for the next ten days, reassuming only on January 4th.
Travellers are now much closer to a door-to-door experience as Amadeus Selling Platform’s latest module enables travel agents to sell airport express tickets as they book a flight or hotel. Heathrow Express is the first to launch this tool with Airtrain in Brisbane to follow in 2016. For many travellers, arriving at a destination airport is the easy part - working out how to get to the city centre once there is often an altogether different story.
Travelport has announced travel agencies in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics can now earn commission on Heathrow Express tickets booked through Travelport Smartpoint. The announcement follows the launch earlier this year of Travelport’s industry-first solution, offering airport express services to travel agencies through a plugin on its Travel Commerce Platform.
Heathrow Express plans to run a normal service should this week’s proposed London Underground strike go ahead. Heathrow Express trains will run between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes. Trains will operate according to the normal timetable.
In its first ever UK advertising sponsorship deal, Tata Communications joined forces for the ‘We’re the connection’ campaign with Heathrow Express. Tata Communications’ logo, along with colourful photography and surprising facts about the company’s capabilities, will ‘wrap’ the air-rail link’s fleet – with the images emblazoned across the exterior of the trains.
Heathrow Express plans to run services every 15 minutes during shortened operating hours if a threatened 24-hour walk-out by Network Rail workers goes ahead from 17:00 on Bank Holiday Monday. Should the RMT and TSSA unions’ strike by signallers and maintenance staff take place, on Monday the normal Heathrow Express timetable will be in operation until 18:30, and on Tuesday services will run between 07.30 and 18:30.
Screens have been installed at Heathrow Terminal 2 showing passengers live price and journey time comparisons between taxis and the airport’s train service to central London. The screens - a world first - combine real-time traffic, weather and Heathrow Express train service information into one user-friendly data feed, or ‘journey comparison generator,’ at the terminal’s baggage reclaim zone.
From this Friday children will be able to travel free on the Heathrow Express. The airport train service has run its ‘Kids go free’ offer in the past for limited periods of time. But from Friday March 27th, as the Easter holidays begin, it becomes a permanent fixture.
Britain’s biggest scheduled airline and two train companies are making international travel easier for their customers in Wales and the West of England. A single booking will now combine air and rail travel, with hassle-free connections, thanks to a new partnership between British Airways, Heathrow Express and First Great Western. From December 5th these tickets will be available to book through travel agents for travel from 11 First Great Western stations.
Members of Iberia Plus, the frequent flyer programme for Spanish airline Iberia, can boost their Avios balance further thanks to an extension of the partnership between Heathrow Express, Avios and British Airways. Along with global British Airways Executive Club members and UK members of the Avios Travel Rewards Programme, Iberia Plus members will get up to 400 Avios points when buying Heathrow Express tickets online.
Heathrow Express, the main line linking London to the airport, has been closed by fire as thousands of passengers attempt to board flights for the Christmas holiday. The branch route to Heathrow was shut after water penetrated a line-side transformer at its junction with the Great Western main line earlier, causing a fire.
Heathrow Express is set to unveil its fully refurbished trains, part of a £16 million investment into the brand that has seen a new corporate identity launched and developed since March 2012.