Pioneering scheme equips Edinburgh Airport to sell London rail tickets
Passengers travelling from Edinburgh to London’s airports will for the first time be able to purchase their express rail tickets into the capital from ticket agents in Scotland.
The idea has been brought in to encourage passengers to use the train travelling out of the airport, as research revealed that customers could save a combined £163m a year and 234 million minutes if they took the train from the airport into London, rather than relying on taxi services.
Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express, Stansted Express and Luton Thameslink started the scheme on 17 March, with a sales team deployed in Edinburgh to sell passengers rail tickets for their onwards London journey before they boarded the plane.
Chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, said: “The Edinburgh – London flight routes are a vitally important economic artery for Scotland and the rest of the UK and this new service will strengthen that.”
Dewar added that success was built upon offering passengers choice, arguing that “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”.
Director of the Heathrow Express, Fraser Brown, added: “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 18 million minutes and over £17m. Heathrow Express provides a fast, premium service that takes just 15 minutes.”
Julie Ryan, senior sales and partnership manager at Govia Thameslink Railway, also highlighted that by taking Gatwick Express, travellers could save a “staggering” 41 minutes compared to taking a taxi.
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