Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

  • 27 Jan, 2015
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Young mother breast feeding her baby at home

It’s 2015. It’s the year that Back to the Future suggested we would have hoverboards and flying cars. This may not be the case, but it’s certainly about time airports came into the 21st century, and we headed to Twitter to find out if that was the case.

Firstly, we wanted to check out if UK and Ireland airports were loud and proud tweeters, or simply the begrudging “we tweet because we have to” kind of crowd. Secondly, we didn’t just want to ask them some benign question that no one cares about, we wanted to ask them something that really mattered. Something that is not obvious from a quick trip to their website.

So we asked 28 UK and Irish airports via Twitter:

“Do you have dedicated mother and baby rooms for nursing mums?”

The results, needless to say, were very interesting. Take a look at our summary of airport facilities according to their responses, and discover exactly what we found out. Read More

The future of the airport journey: travelling alone

  • 08 Jan, 2015
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Some important trends over the last ten years are set to make travelling a different experience than it was. Let’s take a look at some of the changes that have been happening to see where we are all headed in 2015!

Future of airport trends

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Airport trains amongst the most crowded

  • 28 Oct, 2014
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Overcrowded trains

If you have ever needed to be convinced that driving yourself to the airport instead of using public transport is the right thing to do, then the recent news of overcrowded trains should do the trick.

A new Government League Table has revealed the ten worst trains for overcrowding and the bad news for airport users is that two of these ten serve two of the UK’s major airports: Heathrow and Manchester.

With punctuality rates often poor, rail fares soaring and profits for the operator on the increase, it is little wonder that passengers are angry at the situation. Some have gone so far as to claim that if animals were being forced into such cramped conditions the rail operators would be prosecuted under EU law.

The most crowded airport service (fourth overall) was the 06.33 Heathrow Express from Paddington with 806 passengers travelling in a space designed for 476, 69% over capacity.

Although London is the worst area for overcrowded trains, the service for Manchester Airport also appeared twice in the league of overcrowded trains. The 06.30 service from Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough, operated by First TransPennine Express, took fifth place, operating at 66% over capacity with 275 passengers crammed into a space designed to carry 166 passengers. In eighth place was another First TransPennine Express service: the 06.30 train from Scarborough to Manchester Airport operating at 56% over capacity. Read More

Southend Airport Named Fastest Growing in Europe

  • 20 Feb, 2014
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Southend Airport Terminal

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London Southend Airport was named the fastest growing airport in Europe in a survey of 300 airports, carried out by Airline Network News and Analysis. It revealed that the airport experienced a 57% increase in passenger numbers in year 2013, growing from 617,556 in 2012 to 969,950 in 2013.

Terminal extension

It is an exciting period for the Essex-based international airport as it opens a brand new £10m terminal extension, boasting a larger departure lounge, updated baggage reclaim section, more check-in desks, a new impressive arrivals area and 5 more plane stands.

Some of the new facilities – such as the arrivals area – have already been open to passengers in June 2013. The improvements are said to help the airport cope with the growing demand and growing passenger numbers.

Boosting passenger flights

A runway extension was also welcomed at the airport back in March 2012 with the latest Instrument Landing Systems also being added.

It was hoped that the runway extension, along with the new terminal, would help boost passenger flights and so far the results have been very impressive. Southend Airport has witnessed a 465% increase in the amount of passengers handled for their 10 busiest routes in 2014. The biggest increase saw passengers handled in flights to Geneva go up by 300%, as 61,712 used the Essex based airport to fly to and from the Italian Riviera.

Flights to and from Berlin and Amsterdam also saw a large increase. Routes to/from Berlin had a 74% increase in passengers whilst Amsterdam saw a 34% increase, making a total of 270,600 passengers.

On top of this, two ‘industry veterans’ have been brought into the airport by the owner to attract more airlines and to boost the impressive passenger flight stats even further.

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