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British Airways ‘Dream Team’ surprise customers for Sport Relief at Gatwick

Stars including Gary Lineker & gymnast Louis Smith, served customers at Gatwick on the check in desk and assisted them with their bags, in an effort to raise money for sport relief.

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Max Whitlock helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport by becoming a baggage porter for the morning. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Customers checking in to British Airways today are getting a very unique experience as British Airways Dream Team show their support for sport relief.

The airline has created a celebrity Dream Team made up of sporting stars who helped travellers on their journey in exchange for a donation.

Gary Lineker with a young British Airways customer and staff at Gatwick to raise money for Sport Relief(Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Retired footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker, as well as gymnast Louis Smith were assisting customers as part of British Airways’ Dream Team.

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Gymnast Louis Smith helps on the check in desk. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Richard Whitehead helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport on the bag drop (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways

Also on the BA Dream Team were gymnast and five-time Olympic medallist, Max Whitlock; British athlete Richard Whitehead; former sprint and hurdling athlete Colin Jackson; television presenter Helen Skelton; Olympic champion Sally Gunnell; former rugby union player Ugo Monye and rugby union player, Ben Foden.

British athlete Colin Jackson (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Gary Lineker lays his skills on the table (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Helen Skelton (C) helps British Airways customers at Gatwick by checking in passengers (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Sally Gunnell (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sally Gunnell OBE has also just been announced as Age UK West Sussex’s official ambassador for the Vélo South 100-mile cycle. For more on that story, click here.

Ugo Monye (L) and Ben Foden help British Airways customers with baggage at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sports personalities (in white) L-R: Max Whitlock, Ugo Monye, Richard Whitehead, Helen Skelton, Louis Smith, Sir Chris Hoy, Sally Gunnell, Colin Jackson and Ben Foden pose for a photo with British Airways staff whilst helping to raise money for Sport Relief at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

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Gatwick launches UK’s first electric car sharing service

The 100% electric vehicles produce zero emissions which supports Gatwick’s carbon neutral status.

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Ten 'Blue City' electric cars on Gatwick's airfield.

In a UK airport first, passengers, staff and local residents can now reserve and pick up a 100% electric car at Gatwick – and return it to any of 300 compatible pick up/ drop off points across London or back at Gatwick – the airport announced yesterday.

The service – similar to schemes popular in other parts of the world – is being rolled out in partnership with Bluecity, the only company to operate a pan-London electric vehicle car sharing service with 100 cars currently available in total.

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Discussions are also ongoing with local authorities and business groups about expanding the network further in London and in areas surrounding the airport.

Operating in a similar way to existing cycle schemes across the capital, ten cars and charging points are currently available on Gatwick’s South Terminal forecourt. This is Bluecity’s first airport hub and discussions are in progress to increase capacity.

The new point to point service gives people using the airport a convenient, zero emissions travel option for getting directly on and off the airport and is purposely designed to be easy to locate and use, with customers able to reserve a car in seconds via the Bluecity app.

Local residents are also encouraged to use the service and Gatwick staff have also been offered the opportunity to trial the service for free.

A standard journey in a Bluecity car from central London is also an affordable travel option to the airport. The four-seater’s drive from Central London to the very front of the airport will cost around £15 in moderate traffic.

The service is also flexible and works both ways, so that those travelling to Gatwick from the capital can pick up a car at any of the London-based charging points and drop it off at the airport.

Car sharing is also growing in popularity in the UK and this new partnership represents another first in Gatwick’s journey to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. Gatwick is accredited as a carbon neutral airport, uses 100% renewable electricity and 44% of passengers currently get to the airport by public transport.

The 24,000 staff on Gatwick’s airport campus and local residents are also being encouraged to use the new electric car sharing service.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Guy Stephenson said:

“Gatwick leads the way on airport innovation and this UK airport first not only offers a new, flexible option for getting on and off the airport, it also improves air quality.

“When it comes to electric car sharing schemes, few companies have experienced the success of Bluecity and its parent company. Given the popular demand for similar electric car sharing services in other parts of the world, this new service has the potential to take off in the UK and we are proud to be at the forefront of this transport revolution.”

Bluecity’s Managing Director Christophe Arnaud said:

“We are particularly proud of this milestone agreement with Gatwick Airport and look forward to our collaboration for years to come. We believe this new service is a fantastic solution for travellers. Our cars are powered exclusively with 100% renewable energy making the service the greenest and most affordable transport option to and from Central London.”

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