Gatwick Might Do Itself a Second Runway Anyway

The generations-long fuss about expanding London's airport capacity may be about to take a new turn south, as perennial second option Gatwick could soon trump rival Heathrow's expansion plans by bringing a second runway online before Heathrow's new strip is completed. Read More >>

Passengers Forced to Squint at Terrible Staff Handwriting After Gatwick’s Info Screens Fail

Air travel isn't the most pleasant experience in the world. You have to get to the airport, deal with security, then hang around the overpriced shops and cafes while waiting for the gate information to pop up on a big electronic screen. So imagine the horror that must be unfolding at Gatwick today, where staff have been forced to roll out whiteboards and markers after an IT fail rendered those big screens inoperable. Read More >>

Airport Parking Scammer Dumped Cars in a Field, Court Told

The operator of boring-sounding business London Parking Gatwick Ltd is in court at the moment, charged with massively exaggerating the seriousness of his airport parking systems. As in, he's accused of picking up cars, driving them around for a bit, using them to get his shopping in and dumping the cars in a field. Read More >>

Gatwick Airport is Testing Self-Boarding Gates to Keep Planes Running on Time

These days it seems as though speaking to people is a rarity. Supermarkets have self-checkouts, fast food chains have machines that take your order for you, and airports have machines that let you check in and check baggage all by yourself. Now Gatwick is taking things a step further, trialling self-boarding gates to help improve departure times. Read More >>

Gatwick Plans Self-Driving Shuttle Buses

Gatwick Airport might end up being one of the first places when you can be both intrigued and nervous beyond belief while a computer drives a motorised vehicle by itself in public, as the transport hub is to test autonomous passenger connection buses this year. Read More >>

Gatwick Valet Parker Hit 130mph in Traveller’s Audi

We actually feel a shred of sympathy for an Audi driver today, after the owner of a fairly hot A3 found that it was smashed up to 130mph by the Gatwick Airport valet parker he handed the keys over to. Read More >>

Combine Gatwick and EasyJet for the UK’s Longest Flight Delays

Analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data covering the summers of 2015 and 2016 has revealed the most-delayed flights and the most delay-hit airports in the UK and Ireland, with the losers being the easily guessable combination of (a) EasyJet and (b) Gatwick. Read More >>

Gatwick Leaves Bags Behind to Make Everyone Extra Miserable This Weekend

Gatwick airport has been deliberately sending people off to their destinations without their bags this morning, because its baggage system wasn't working properly for a few hours. Read More >>

Bluetooth Beacons Are Now Helping People Navigate Gatwick Airport

Beacons are nothing new, but Gatwick Airport is throwing itself into using the technology in quite a major way, installing 2000 battery-powered devices to help provide location data. Beacons are useful when GPS can't work - indoors, mainly - and allow the airport to provide a variety of services via apps. Read More >>

BA to Squeeze 52 More Passengers on Some 777 Routes

British Airways thinks it can get loads more people on an aeroplane, by rejigging the internals of some of its Boeing 777s to increase the number of seats on an economy row from nine to ten. Read More >>

Gatwick Back in Business After Apparent Runway Hole is Patched

A brief spell of hell travelling in and around the south of England appears to be over, as the operators of Gatwick airport say they've patched up an alleged hole that opened up in the site's main runway. Read More >>

Airports Commission Torpedoes Boris Island

The long-running series of meetings looking at how to expand London's air travel bandwidth has ruled out the "Boris Island" option, with the Airports Commission officially eliminating the Thames Estuary hub plan from its options for future expansion. Read More >>

Plane Diverts to Gatwick as Passenger Throws Food and Prosthetic Leg at Cabin Staff

A Thomson Airlines flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh was forced to land at Gatwick, after a passenger went berserk. Swearing was recorded, food was thrown and a prosthetic leg was also reportedly chucked at the flight team. Read More >>

Tesco Wants You to Do Your Shopping By Just Scanning Virtual Shelves With Your Phone

Grocery shopping's such a bore, but what if you could just whip out your smartphone, take pictures of what you want, and have it delivered direct to your humble abode. That's what Tesco wants you to do on your way through Gatwick. Read More >>