Air Southwest Oyster deal for London flights
Thursday 4, March 2010
Air Southwest customers flying from Plymouth and Newquay to London can now buy Oyster cards on board, giving them quick and easy access to London's transport network.
Oyster is an electronic transport smartcard that enables passengers to pay for journeys on the Tube, Docklands Light Railway, London Buses, Tramlink, London Overground, Thames Clippers river services and on all National Rail services in Greater London.
The cards are available on all Air Southwest flights from Plymouth and Newquay to London City and Gatwick Airports for just £22, including £20 of travel credit.
The deal with Transport for London means Air Southwest is the only airline flying from Newquay that sells the cards, and is the first airline at London City Airport to offer the service.
Mike Coombes, commercial director at Air Southwest, said: " This is all about giving Air Southwest customers from Plymouth and Newquay hassle-free travel in London, whether they are flying to London City Airport or Gatwick, without having to buy tickets."
Customers arriving at London City Airport can use the Oyster card to board the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which puts them within minutes of the City or Canary Wharf.
Thanks to the DLR more passengers leave London City Airport by public transport than any other airport in the country, and Air Southwest's Oyster initiative has been applauded for improving access to the transport network.
Giles Bailey, Head of Group Marketing Strategy and Integration for Transport for London, said: " This is our first partnership into London City and we're delighted to be working with Air Southwest on promoting the Visitor Oyster card as a quick and easy way of accessing London's public transport network."
Richard Gooding, Chief Executive of London City Airport said: " This is a great partnership that we hope to see repeated on other scheduled services into London City. The airport is committed to giving passengers the smoothest journey possible and this will add to that."
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