Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express, Stansted Express and Luton Thameslink, recently launched the first ever mobile sales team at Edinburgh airport for air passengers flying into London.
The Edinburgh to London flight path is the busiest air route in the country and research has found that Scottish passengers flying to London could save themselves £163m and 234m minutes per year if they all ditched taxis for the express train transfers between the four aforementioned airports and central London.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “The Edinburgh – London flight routes are a vitally important economic artery for Scotland and the rest of the UK. This new service will strengthen that.
“Our success at Edinburgh is built upon offering our passengers choice and to now have the option of purchasing express rail tickets into central London here at Edinburgh Airport will make a London arrival all the smoother and is bound to be a popular service.”
Fraser Brown, Heathrow Express director, said: “We are delighted to be working on this project – the first of its kind – as it serves to highlight the time and money savings passengers can make in using the train. If all the passengers from Edinburgh to Heathrow took Heathrow Express rather than a taxi into central London, they would save over 18m minutes and over £17m. Heathrow Express provides a fast, premium service that takes just 15 minutes.”
Andy Camp, commercial director of Stansted Express said: “Passengers flying into Stansted have the greatest opportunity to save as a typical taxi fare into central London will cost £120.50, whereas the Stansted Express takes passengers into the heart of the Square Mile in Liverpool Street. With our new fares this year starting from £7 this also puts Stansted Express among the cheapest Stansted airport transport providers.”
Liz McAreavey, chief executive of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce said: “Enhanced connectivity between London and Edinburgh is a key driver of business and economic growth for both cities. The continued growth of Edinburgh Airport will only make this choice greater and connectivity stronger.”
Photo caption: Julie Ryan, senior sales and Partnership Manager, Govia Thameslink Railway; Cathy Craig, commercial director Scotrail Andy Camp, commercial director Stansted Express; Gordon Dewar CEO Edinburgh Airport and Fraser Brown director Heathrow Express