On the move: Airport Parking Shop mobile app is launched

  • 05 Nov, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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The look of our new airport parking shop mobile app

Still buzzing from all the excitement of our last challenge of building a responsive website, the team here at Airport Parking Shop decided to make things for UK travellers even easier. Our mobile app – Airport Parking Shop mobile app – was launched in October, making it a useful addition to the apps developed here at Fubra Ltd.

The app is free to download from App Store and Google play and was developed in preparation for the inevitable change: we forecast that by January 2015 more than half of the visitors to Airport Parking Shop will be accessing it on a tablet or smartphone. Read More

Top 10 Ski Resort Picks For Winter 2014/2015

  • 04 Nov, 2014
  • Alice Fowler
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Chair-lift at ski resort

Have you been to or seen the exciting Ski and Snowboard Show event at Earls Court this weekend just gone and are now raring to book your skiing holiday? With the peak ski season fast approaching, let’s take a look at some of the places that we think you should consider when booking. Whether you want to hop across the Channel to some of the great European resorts or venture a little further afield, we’ve got some great places to look at!

Courchevel, France

Courchevel in the French Alps is part of the popular Three Valleys, the largest linked ski area in the world. There are plenty of runs in Courchevel itself to keep you occupied, from beginner to experienced alike, but the whole Three Valleys area is so easily accessible that you quite literally have one of the largest skiing playgrounds on your doorstep!

Both Geneva and Lyon airports serve the resort, with Geneva being some 30 km closer. Flights to both Geneva and Lyon are available from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester airports.

Courchevel hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics, and amongst many other activities you can also enjoy skating at the Olympic rink.

Chamonix, France

Not, perhaps, for the tranquil-seeking, crowd-adverse amongst us, Chamonix is a beautiful but bustling French resort below the impressive mountain of Mont Blanc in France. Its incredible slopes and tricky terrain has drawn skiers from around the world to seek out the thrills of these runs, but there is something for everyone, regardless of ability. It is unavoidable in Chamonix to experience some queues and waiting around, but there is a reason for this hubris, and it is evident in the quality of the skiing.

Similarly to Courchevel, the resort is accessed by Geneva and Lyon airports. Geneva is the closest of the two, being only 88km away, and benefits from a wide range of flights available from the UK. There is however, a direct TGV service to Chamonix from Lyon airport, despite the extra distance. Read More

Fee for Aberdeen Airport drop-offs

  • 30 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Drop off fees at Aberdeen Airport

It will now cost £2 to drop off passengers at Aberdeen International Airport, it has been announced.

The charge for Aberdeen Airport drop-offs and pick-ups will apply for a stay of up to 15 minutes in the airport’s forecourt. The decision has been made in an attempt to address local congestion and safety concerns.

The forecourt is managed by an ANPR system which recognises number plates, and exit barriers which will control the duration of the driver’s stay on the forecourt. Those who exceed the maximum stay time will be issued a PCN (penalty charge notice).

Motorists who will be staying for more than 15 minutes will be advised to use the Short Stay car park facility. To compare Short Stay and Long Stay parking prices at Aberdeen airport, click here.

*Updated June 2016*

Airport trains amongst the most crowded

  • 28 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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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

Blackpool Airport closes

  • 21 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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Blackpool Airport Closed

Photo credit: calflier001

Less than two months ago the owners of Blackpool Airport, Balfour Beatty, announced that unless a buyer was found quickly the airport would close. The airport had been losing money over several years to an annual tune of £1.5 to £2 million. Sadly no buyer was found and so on Oct 15th at 5p.m. the final commercial flight took off for the Isle of Man and the airport closed officially an hour later. Flights to the rigs in the Irish Sea will still operate but there will be no more commercial flights.

It may have been the smallest airport in the UK but Blackpool had a long and rich history. It was one of the first aviation sites in the country when it opened in 1909 and was known then as Squires Field Airfield. That same year, a crowd of 200,000 were entertained by the famous French aviator Henri Farman.

Another famous name in the world of aviation history to have a link with Blackpool Airport was Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo to Australia. In 1941 she was carrying out wartime duties and set off from the airport on what was to be her final flight to RAF Kidlington. Her aircraft was found in the Thames but her body was never recovered. Tragedy struck the airport again in 2006 with the crash of a helicopter carrying Centrica workers to their oil rig.

Blackpool’s commercial flights have long been popular with all sorts of passengers. In 1936 it started operating commercial flights to the Isle of Man, branching out in the 1970s to Spain and what was then known as Yugoslavia. Read More