Delayed and cancelled flights

  • 19 Dec, 2014
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Last week a computer glitch at the air traffic control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire, caused a partial closure of UK airspace.

Flights were grounded across the country, and the knock-on effect left thousands of passengers awaiting their flights with no idea about when they might be able to leave.

Even after the problem was rectified, delays extended throughout the evening and into Saturday morning, where there were nearly 40 cancelled flights and there was a backlog of flights to clear.

For many passengers this may have been the first time they have been affected by something like this, but we all know that it doesn’t take much to disrupt the flow of traffic through the UK airports, especially the major ones such as London Heathrow and Gatwick. When situations like these do occur it is important to know where you stand when your flight is delayed or cancelled; whether it be due to weather, technical difficulties, or problems on a more severe scale.

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Fly with EasyJet on exciting new Summer 2015 routes

  • 16 Dec, 2014
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easyJet's new routes

It’s a cold and dark December, so what could be better than planning your Summer holiday? EasyJet has announced some exciting new routes for Summer 2015, including three from London Gatwick airport: Figari, Stuttgart and Brindisi. We take a look at all the new options available for your next Summer getaway – from beach breaks to culture packed city trips!

Starting on the 29th March 2015, flights to the German city of Stuttgart will be operating twice a day, Mondays to Fridays, and once a day at weekends.

Stuttgart is a destination which serves both business travellers and tourists alike. Known to many as the birthplace of Mercedes Benz and Porsche, it is still an important part of the German motor industry and yet the city (sixth largest in Germany) prides itself on its green credentials. Blessed with many parks, lakes and gardens it is also home to the longest pedestrian thoroughfare in Germany, the Königsstrasse. This is where you will find great shopping opportunities and eating places.

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No more paper counterparts! UK driving licences change

  • 04 Dec, 2014
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Driving Licence

Just recently I booked in my car for its service, and was told “bring both parts of your driving licence”. It’s such a normality these days but, as of the 8th June 2015, this will no longer be necessary.

Following on from the abolishment of the paper tax disc earlier this year, the DVLA have decided to get rid of the paper driving licence – opting for an online, digitised system. You are now able to log in here with your postcode, driving licence number and National Insurance number to view your licence details.

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Ebola screening to start at Heathrow and Gatwick airports

  • 13 Oct, 2014
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Baggage claim at airport

In the wake of mounting pressure on the government to follow America’s example in introducing screening for Ebola at airports, an announcement was made last week, following advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

Enhanced screening measures will be introduced at London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports as well as at Eurostar terminals. Passengers facing screening will be those travelling from affected regions of West Africa (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) where measures are already in place for screening those leaving the country.

Interestingly, the World Health Organisation is of the opinion that screening those leaving a country is more effective than trying to screen those entering a country. Currently there are no direct flights from affected countries to the UK although travellers can obviously fly on a non-direct route transiting through a number of countries.

Those facing screening will have to give details of their recent travel history, their contacts and their onward travel arrangements. They may also be assessed by trained medical personnel rather than Border Force officers, particularly if they have a fever.  Advice will also be given on what to do should they develop symptoms after entering the UK. Read More

New rules for flying with kids to South Africa apply from 1 Oct 2014 (Postponed)

  • 09 Sep, 2014
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Update 17 September 2014: It has been announced that the new rules for flying with children to and from South Africa have been postponed from 1 October 2014 to June 2015.

With several Airport Parking Shop team members heading off to South Africa later this year, we thought we’d remind our users that new rules of travelling with children will apply from 1 October 2014.

If you are flying to, from or transiting through South Africa with a child under 18 years of age, you will have to adhere to these rules.

Both parents travelling with a child who is under 18

You must produce an unabridged birth certificate of each child which shows details of the parents of the child, as well as a child’s valid passport. The birth certificate has to be full and shows details of the parents of the child.

One parent travelling with a child who is under 18

Where only one parent is accompanying the child, the following has to be presented:

• an unabridged birth certificate (full);
• consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate, authorising them to enter or depart from South Africa with the child;
• a court order granting them full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship or where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.

You should travel with these documents in case you are asked to provide them. Read More