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Gatwick goes Scandi-chic as kikki.K moves in

The outlet is the Swedish stationery brand’s first airport store in Europe & has opened in Gatwick’s North Terminal.

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Renowned Swedish design brand kikki.K has opened its first European airport store at London Gatwick, allowing passengers the opportunity to bring the brand’s distinctive range of stylish stationery with them as they jet off across the globe.

The multi award-winning retailer, founded in Australia by Swedish-born entrepreneur Kristina Karlsson, has opened the 25sqm Little Boutique store – featuring the brand’s unique ‘kiosk-style’ store design – in the airport’s North Terminal.

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Passionate about creating beautiful Swedish design that inspires and empowers people to live their best life every day, kikki.K offers a broad range of products from their Energise Your Life, Own Your Story and Inspiration Collections at the Gatwick store, including the brand’s much-loved journals, gifts, accessories and greeting cards.

As they await their flight, passengers can also make sure they’re travel-ready with kikki.K’s The World Is Waiting Travel Collection. Featuring gorgeous leather passport holders, luggage tags and travel wallets, as well as inspiring travel journals to help capture and treasure every holiday moment, this essential collection is available in full at kikki.K Gatwick.

Plus, to add a more personal touch, products can be monogrammed for passengers in store – and pre-flight shoppers don’t have to worry about fitting purchases into their hand luggage, as Gatwick’s “carry on-board” service allows them to bring a kikki.K shopping bag onto their flight alongside the pre-existing hand luggage allowance.

kikki.K Gatwick is the retailer’s sixth stand-alone UK store, and follows the launch of its flagship Covent Garden outlet in December 2015. The global brand, created by Karlsson at her home in 2001 after a 3am brainwave, has also opened boutiques in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Kristina Karlsson, Founder, kikki.K said:

“It’s so exciting to see more and more of the UK fall in love with kikki.K, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be sharing our products with guests in Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. As one of London’s busiest airport terminals, Gatwick is an ideal location for a kikki.K Little Boutique. Travellers can enjoy our world-class guest experience, and shop our gorgeous range of curated travel accessories, stationery and gifts for friends and family.”

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:

“We’re very excited that kikki.K has chosen Gatwick as the home of its first ever airport boutique in Europe. As a distinctively high-quality design brand with a global following, kikki.K fits in perfectly with the wealth of quality retailers in Gatwick’s busy international departure lounge, and our passengers can expect a one-of-a-kind experience in this fabulous new boutique as they visit Gatwick in the weeks and months to come.”

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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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