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


Ebola screening to start at Heathrow and Gatwick airports

  • 13 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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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


A year in numbers: what we did in 365 days

  • 09 Oct, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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APS-11-years

As we celebrate the 11th anniversary of the launch of Airport Parking Shop, we look back at the significant changes that have taken place in its 11th year.

It all began in 2003, the year when the music charts were dominated by the now-classic “In da Club” by 50 Cent and fashion boomed with fedora hats and popped collars. This was the year Airport Parking Shop was first launched, as one of the pioneers of the upcoming trend of comparing… pretty much everything.

Little did we know that 11 years later we would still be enjoying doing what we know best: getting the best airport parking deals for our users.

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Exploring Andalucía, the land of sunshine

  • 19 Sep, 2014
  • Will Davies
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Andalucia-sunset

With a team as multinational as we have here at Airport Parking Shop, it’s no wonder we all travel on regular basis – whether to visit family in Lithuania, go whale watching in South Africa or attend a wedding in Sweden. I was lucky to spend a month in Andalucía, Spain this summer and have put together a short guide to exploring this stunning region. Enjoy!

The Andalucía region

For someone whose father has lived in southern Spain for quite a while, Andalucìa almost started to feel like a second home to me. You just can’t beat the heat, the slow pace of life and more importantly, the Spanish beer!

Andalucía refers to a large region of southern Spain, stretching from the border of Portugal, over to Murćia on the east coast and up to Cabeza Del Buey, which is a good 430 kilometres inland. It is immersed in history and its capital, Seville, holds the title of being the hottest metropolitan city in the whole of Europe. With its completely different way of life and culture, this place has something for everyone.

Where to stay

Andalucía boasts 33 thousand square miles of sun-soaked land, so choosing where to stay (or maybe where to explore in some cases!) can be a difficult task for many holidaymakers and explorers alike. However, having travelled quite a bit around the Andalucìa region, I know a few hidden gems that will leave an imprint on your memory forever. I spent a month in southern Spain this year and this time, I ventured east of Malaga. Read More