Gatwick Airport to integrate social media into customer services

Friday 23, July 2010


Gatwick Airport to integrate social media into customer services


London Gatwick Airport is actively inviting passengers to feedback on Twitter by placing physical prompts around the airport. As part of a pilot programme, information screens will, from this week, carry messages, suggesting how comments can be fed back to the airport via the micro-blogging platform.


This is the first stage of a programme that integrates the airport's social media and customer service operations, and which will ultimately see Twitter being used as a feedback tool round the clock.


The monitors, which are located in the check-in areas will periodically display the following message - ’Are you on Twitter?  Get in touch with us @gatwick_airport and let us know about your experience at Gatwick today’.


Gatwick recently announced the launch of its new brand identity and its £1 billion investment programme which is set to deliver new, modern facilities at every step of the passenger journey through Gatwick. According to the head of airport communications, Samantha Holgate, "A large part of our rebranding and investment programme involves us providing our passengers with a more human and personal experience than what they might expect from an airport that sees 33 million passengers flying out to over 200 destinations every year.


"As a result, we are using online social tools as a way of talking and responding to customers as they pass through our doors.


"We do already respond to comments via our Twitter feed, however this now takes it one step further by actually integrating social media into the physical space of the airport. We're running this as an initial pilot to gauge interest and to allow us to make the necessary changes to our customer service response and information programme.


"Over the next few months, we aim to use social media as 24 hour response tool, so for instance no matter what time of the day or night, if a passenger is at check in and has a comment to make, we will be able to capture that comment and where appropriate action it there and then”.



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