Gatwick airport is moving ahead with its Gatwick Connects service in 2017 with more airlines partners, and helped by the forthcoming terminal switch.
According to Gatwick’s commercial director Guy Stephenson,
“It is inevitable that the low-cost carriers will be providing feed traffic to long-haul in some form.”
Stephenson says that the conversation between low-cost carriers (LCCs) and full service airlines is around the LCCs “wanting to preserve as much of the simplicity of what they do”, while at the same time putting a value against the cost that would be incurred.
Stephenson said that he thought “they will overcome the problems”, and with IT upgrades and the sole location of Easyjet in the North Terminal, along with long-haul carriers such as Virgin Atlantic, this would make the process easier.
“There is no question for our North Terminal airlines, having Easyjet consolidated in there, and quite a lot of our long-haul airlines in the North Terminal, it provides an interesting opportunity for them.”
Stephenson also pointed out that whether airlines decide to fully interline (ie: check baggage right the way through) or simply want to use Gatwick as the airport where a connection occurs, allowing self-connection in various forms, the airport had invested both in the physical infrastructure, including four baggage desks with two each in the North and South terminals, as well as in new IT upgrades.
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