Interview: What a veteran airline employee advises travellers

Mr. Praveen (name concealed to protect identity) has been an airline employee for about three decades. Gold smuggling, coffin thefts, counterfeit passports etc he has seen it all!

“Security measures in the aviation sector are not stringent enough,” he says.. “we still have a long way forward towards perfection.”

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Liveblog: Stavanger to London

Most people think young ‘uns like us (read people who attend university) sit around all day eating at McDonald’s, getting wasted at a pub or engaging in otherwise useless shenanigans. They would be correct! Continue reading

What are the odds? Heathrow v Gatwick

I’m not a betting person. But if I was, I’d definitely be looking at the odds in the Heathrow v Gatwick story. Unless you’ve spent the past year under a rock (yeah!) you know everyone is talking about their problems against a third runway at Heathrow, a second runway at Gatwick or nothing at all (ergo, we’ve all been wasting our times!)

Nonetheless, people are putting money behind this great war of the airports. My spidey senses started tickling and I’ve tried to put together some numbers. This author does not favour any particular odds and advises caution.

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2 mins at Angel with China

Roughly 1.2 billion people ride the London subway each year. Most of them locals, rushing to work. We met China at the Angel underground station yesterday when she had a lull between peak travel periods.

She agreed for a quick chat but warned me we might be interrupted (which we were, by someone who had a particular sweet craving and someone who didn’t say thank you).

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Campaigners against Gatwick term consultation period ‘too short’

London has been gearing up for the battle of the airports for quite a while now. In case you haven’t heard of this yet, let the video below show you what you’ve been missing out on:

Four West Kent parish councils have called for more time to put together their answer to a public consultation to air quality.

A recent study looked at the air pollution levels near the airports between November 2014 and February 2015 and the Airports Commission has given  campaigners three weeks to prove air quality has declined near Gatwick. Continue reading

Heathrow V Gatwick in 4 graphs

Running an airport is big business. Millions of travelers pass through London every year.

Connecting traffic accounts for one third of passengers at Heathrow. At Gatwick, this number stands at less than 10%.

70% of passengers using Gatwick originate from within the UK, and 40% passengers using Heathrow are Britons.

Where do they go? What airlines do they prefer. Here are four charts from 2014 that tell us this. crunched some numbers for us.

  • Top 15 airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats where British Airways dominates the flight path

Top 15 Airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats (millions)

 British Airways most popular with Heathrow passengers

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London Tube Trivia: Did you know?

For a new-ish Londoner like me, travelling in the old City has its ups and downs. While the red bus is Iconic, it is the underground system that is the beating heart of London.

The London Tube system has been around for a hundred and fifty years. Don’t we all hear the trains creaking on sharp turns? Haven’t we all lamented over the catacomb-like tunnels?

Here’s a few things I found interesting: Continue reading