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Local transport company CrewFlyer partners up with megabus.com

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Low cost coach operator megabus.com has announced a new partnership with local based transport company CrewFlyer.

  • First megabus.com route between Gatwick and Brighton
  • Tickets available at megabus.com from today
  • Connecting services between Brighton, Gatwick and Heathrow available

Low cost coach operator megabus.com today (16 November) announced a new partnership with Brighton based transport company CrewFlyer.

From today, passengers travelling between Brighton and Gatwick Airport will be able to purchase tickets for travel on CrewFlyer services from megabus.com – part of international transport group Stagecoach. The new services will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Offering a luggage allowance of two hold bags and a hand bag or laptop bag, passengers taking the service will be offered complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cappuccino on departures from Brighton Coach Station.

Mark Venables, Managing Director for megabus.com on a CrewFlyer coach

Mark Venables, Managing Director for megabus.com said: “This is a very exciting partnership for us and we’re delighted to be able to introduce this brand new route to our network for our passengers.”

Adam Miller, Managing Director for CrewFlyer Ltd on a megabus.com

Adam Miller, Managing Director for CrewFlyer Ltd said: “We are really thrilled to be working with megabus.com to expand their network into Brighton. We have been offering our services to Gatwick staff using our fleet of brand new vehicles and are delighted to welcome aboard megabus.com customers and believe that with both companies’ commitment to customer service, reliability and value, customers on this route can look forward to a much improved service between Brighton and Gatwick”.

The new service is now available online

In addition to the service connecting Brighton to Gatwick Airport, the new partnership will also offer a new connecting service between Gatwick and Heathrow airports. This will enable passengers to buy tickets from Brighton to Heathrow and return using CrewFlyer from Brighton to Gatwick before changing onto a megabus.com service from Gatwick to Heathrow.

Tickets, starting from £1 (plus 50p booking fee) are on sale from today and are currently available until the beginning of January.

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Gatwick introduces new Shanghai route

“Long-haul connections to China and other non-European nations will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain” – Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO

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Gatwick has today announced a new long-haul connection from London Gatwick to Shanghai – China’s largest city – as Gatwick say they recorded year-on-year long-haul growth of +20.8% during July.

The new service will be flown by China Eastern – the country’s second biggest airline – and will connect the UK to one of the world’s leading business centres, providing over 70,000 seats and more than 3,700 metric tonnes of new cargo capacity each year.

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Shanghai is seen as the showpiece of China’s dramatic economic growth and, like London, is a global financial centre. It is also the leading city driving the Yangtze River Economic Zone – a region accounting for 20% of China’s GDP and responsible for a third of the country’s imports and exports.

The launch of the new route follows the busiest July in Gatwick’s history, which saw the volume of cargo handled by the airport grow by +28.8% year-on-year as a direct result of its soaring long-haul growth.

Gatwick say their Asia routes grew by +134.8% compared with July last year, while the airport’s US connections continue to prove popular, with New York +67.5%, Boston +58.7% and Las Vegas +32.5%. Tampa saw a +5.3% increase in passenger numbers in July, ahead of the launch of new Norwegian flights from Gatwick to the Florida city this October.

The new China Eastern Airlines service to Shanghai will begin on 7 December 2018. The Airbus A330-200 will depart from Gatwick on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:00 and will fly to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said:

“I’m delighted to welcome China Eastern to Gatwick and look forward to the start of this vital new link to Shanghai which, like London, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important cities and business hubs. Starting from such a strong position gives this new route every chance of success, as it will be popular with business passengers travelling between the two economic centres, as well as leisure passengers keen to sample the excitement of China’s largest city.

 “July’s traffic figures demonstrate that Gatwick’s long-haul network is driving the airport’s growth. These connections to China and other non-European countries will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain as we become more reliant on them to generate vital growth through trade and by exploiting the other business opportunities that they provide.”

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