Hotel refurbishment near Aberdeen and Heathrow Airport

A major £3m hotel refurbishment has recently been unveiled at the Jurys Inn, in Aberdeen. The building’s 147 bedrooms have had a major make-over, a large amount of work has taken place redeveloping the hotel’s meetings and events space. Continue reading…

Heathrow lounge wins customer award!

A huge congratulations goes to London Heathrow Airport’s terminal 2 “Plaza Premium Lounge” for picking up the Priority Pass Global Airport Lounge of the year award! The award, now in its 12th year, is based on ratings and reviews from members of Priority Pass, an independent lounge membership organisation, boasting over 1,000 airport lounges throughout more than 500 cities worldwide. Continue reading…

How to get to Twickenham from London Heathrow

If you are lucky enough to have tickets to a game at the famous Stadium in Twickenham, well done! If you are coming from abroad for these great games during the Rugby World Cup, flying into Heathrow is your most convenient option. Continue reading…

The answer for angry UK air passengers

The Civil Aviation Authority has recently announced plans to create an independent ‘Aviation Ombudsman’ for UK air passengers to vent their anger and resolve disputes with many airlines. Continue reading…

Heathrow Airport, a return to the summit?

For the first time ever, Heathrow Airport passengers have recognised the airport as the ‘Best in Western Europe’ at the 2015 World Airport Awards.

The airport’s award winning facilities were also recognised, as it went on to win the ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ for a sixth time, whilst also picking up an award for the best Terminal; Terminal 5 has now won this award for the fourth year running.

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Heathrow airport parking can now be compared on a mobile app

From autumn 2014 users of smartphones and tablets can compare real-time prices and availability of airport parking at 30 leading airports across the UK, available from 8 car parking providers.

Speaking of the app, Paul Maunders, the director and co-founder of Fubra Limited, said "The free Airport Parking Shop app is an exciting extension of our existing website, which has been a trusted booking companion for over a decade to many leisure and business travellers”.

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Heathrow to Swansea western rail link could be completed by 2021

Network Rail revealed on February 5 that it had developed plans for a new rail link between Reading and Slough on the Great Western Main Line to London Heathrow airport.

The Western Rail Access to Heathrow study was undertaken in response to a request from the government in which they expressed support for the plan in July 2012.

Heathrow Express train on similar lines to Swansea

Network Rail had taken into consideration four separate plans before opting for a junction between Langley and Iver stations as well as a 5 km tunnel to Terminal 5 at the airport.

A steering group consisting of Network Rail, the Department for Transport, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Slough Borough Council and Heathrow Airport is now working to develop the scheme.

The new link will make it possible for businesses to connect directly with Heathrow, which would open up fresh opportunities for trade abroad and make it considerably faster and easier for leisure travellers to catch flights.

It also will mean that passengers in Cardiff and Swansea could have their travel time to Heathrow decrease by up to 45 minutes and 53 minutes respectively to get to Heathrow.

Travellers originating in Reading could possibly have as much as 27 minutes shaved off their journey. Subject to a satisfactory business case and agreement of terms with the aviation industry, planning authorisation could be sought.

If granted, Network Rail would most likely begin rail construction at the end of 2016, with construction of the 5km tunnel beginning in early 2018. The project could tentatively be completed in 2021.

Watch this space but it looks like getting from Heathrow to Swansea is going to get easier and easier!