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Gatwick Airport Reviews

Gatwick Airport initially started as an aerodrome back in the late 1920s; the first terminal was built in 1935. Though, the major development of the airport was made in the 1950s. Now, Gatwick Airport is known to be the second-largest airport in London. Today, let’s discover more about the airport’s origins.

Aesthetics

Gatwick Airport Reviews-foodWith the airport that serves more destinations in the United Kingdom, LGW or London Gatwick Airport had carefully prepared for the number of passengers that travel through them every day. Their information centers are handled by a multi-lingual staff and they’re operational for 24 hours. This  is one  of the ways of knowing the whereabouts of the airport’s facilities.

There are several restrooms located throughout the airport, and showers are available at the Regus Express Business Lounge. There are also free charging ports at the airport, just to keep your devices fully charged. To stay connected? WiFi connection is free for the first two 45 minutes. Because, it will require you to sign up again after the first 45-minute consumption.Gatwick Airport Reviews-shops

Since the airport is open for 24 hours, they tolerate overnight travellers. But, it should be expected that the most available spot to sleep on is the floor, though their benches have armrests. Food establishments are not all open for 24 hours as well; they operate depending on the stores’ varying schedules. The same goes for the stores, but three of the duty-free shops are open all-day long.

Directions

Gatwick Airport Reviews-national-expressThe cheapest way to get to and from London and LGW is by airport bus services. But, there are also other means of transport, such as the National Express which approximately takes 2 hours’ travel time. Taxis can be more accessible because they can take you to London in just an hour. If by means of driving, the airport is directly accessible from the M23 motorway.

Location – Traffic – Service

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Gatwick Airport is about 28 miles south of London. LGW operates as the hub for British Airways, and had successfully accommodated 40,269,087 passengers last year. The public international airport has more destinations served in the United Kingdom compared to other London airports. Gatwick Airport’s top destinations are Barcelona, Dublin, Malaga, Amsterdam, Madrid, Dubai, Geneva, Copenhagen, Alicante, and Faro. LGW has only 1 runway and 2 terminals.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Gatwick Airport Reviews and News

We tried to read 503 London Gatwick Airport reviews posted on Skytrax, and the only thing we noticed was that travellers were not that happy with LGW’s services. Majority of the feedback are complaining about the airport’s long and unorganized lanes. One reviewer even said:

“I think that Gatwick airport is one of the worst I use as a chauffeur. Short stay car park never fully open and very difficult to navigate. No heating in arrivals. Even writing this the phone signal connection is bad. I can’t believe they think they should have an extra runway as they can’t even manage what they have now.”

Though, on a positive note, a plan of creating a link rail between Gatwick and Heathrow Airport is being on project and they will consider it being called “Heathwick” once it’s done.
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Contact Information:

  • Airport Code:            LGW
  • Phone Number:        +44 844 892 0322
  • Website URL:            RH6 0NP, United Kingdom
  • Address:                    http://www.gatwickairport.com/

Conclusion

Despite the low rating online with 4/10, Gatwick Airport had been more than keen on managing their ways to fix their flaws. They’ve been continuously working on developments and adjustments for their future in the travel industry. It was never easy to accommodate thousands of passengers on a daily basis. But, even so, LGW is on the 45th rank on the top 100 airports in the world.

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Parkopedia Reviews

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Eugene Tsyrklevich

The online parking encyclopedia traces its roots back to 2009, and was founded by Eugene Tsyrklevich who also serves as the travel company’s CEO. The name Parkopedia is a combination of the words parking and encyclopedia. Think of Wikipedia, but for parking spaces.

What is Parkopedia?

Parkopedia is where you can find a lot of information about parking: where a space is available, if it can be booked, if it can be paid for by credit card or if you’ll need coins. Their aim is to be a Wikipedia for all things parking-related. Parkopedia combines the two concepts in order to allow people to find the cheapest and most convenient parking available, no matter where they are or where they are going.Parkopedia Reviews-features

Parkopedia is the world’s largest parking information provider used by millions of drivers every month online and through its iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone apps. The travel site mobile app works in 75 countries, across 6,308 towns and cities with no fewer than 38,018,900 parking spaces. It can be accessed online, by SMS, as a mobile app or inside the car navigation systems of some of the world’s most recognized car brands.

Parkopedia’s information also appears inside the navigation systems of companies including Audi, BMW, Ford, Garmin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Peugeot, Toyota, Volvo, and VW.

Navigating through the official site of Parkopedia, it’s quite noticeable that the web page is similar to an online library search site. Thus, it gives you the option to “Where would you like to find parking?” The website of Parkopedia gives you more of the option to download and install their mobile app from the App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Store. Options to get the link are found at the bottom left or at the top right of the page.
Parkopedia Reviews-pageTravellers could also add parking maps to their website, license their parking data or promote their parking space. Either of which, the features are found at the center of the page next to the search box.

Parkopedia Reviews of Customers

We looked at several Parkopedia reviews; we found comments at the Google Play Store, and iTunes. The good news: they got an overall score of a 4/5-star rating. The bad news is the most recent feedback are actually complaints. On a positive note, one reviewer recently said, “Find places to park wherever I go I hate paying for parking. This app finds me free or cheap parking in every city I visit.”
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How To Reach Them?

  • Website URL:                   http://www.parkopedia.com/
  • Contact Number:             +44 77 2952 1888
  • Contact Email:                 support@parkopedia.com
  • Contact Page:                  http://www.parkopedia.com/contact-us/
  • Head Office Address:       24 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HF, United Kingdom

Conclusion

After reading through several comments and reviews about Parkopedia, we are convinced that this travel site is one of the best reliable sources to find parking you prefer. It might have been that Parkopedia was recently established, but the idea was actually a great help for people like us who travel to places we are not aware of: especially since some places have their own parking rules. Have you used Parkopedia before? Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

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Since it has been a year, we will be starting to write new reviews about the travel sites we once wrote about last year, just to give you a heads up of the current status or changes of a particular online travel agency. Things can change in a span of a year, that’s why we decided on re-writing some of the written travel search engines and give you the freshest feedback for 2016.

In this review, we will be re-talking about Just The Ticket.

Just The Ticket Reviews 2016

Just The Ticket was founded in 1986 as a retail and corporate travel specialist. They are a proud member of Civil Aviation bonding scheme ATOL and International Air Transportation Association. Just The Ticket is currently headquartered in Marylebone Street, London. According to their company description, they provide excellent service with a team of professional staff. One thing noticeable about them is that they are proudly showing their membership in IATA and  the Civil Aviation Authority.

How does Just The Ticket Work?

Since the last time we wrote a review about Just The Ticket, they haven’t changed their interface ever since. It’s still not modernized and it’s quite complicated to navigate and use. In a nutshell, their overall layout is pretty plain, and I think that attribute is not good for the agency. There are a lot of ways they can improve their website through simple design and innovation.

pageMoreover, Just The Ticket offers various types of travel services including flights, city breaks, hotels, car hire, and more. A customer first needs to click the travel service he or she wants to avail of before going to the actual booking page. Most agencies these days include the booking page wherein customers need to fill out information like origin, destination, etc on their homepage. The site was developed by Adactus; it looks like there hasn’t been any development.

Just The Ticket also provides tailor made holidays and has specialist products, which include online brochures, where travelers will find an enormous choice of long-haul holidays. Unfortunately, Just The Ticket doesn’t have a mobile application for mobile services.

Just The Ticket Reviews 2016 From Consumers

There aren’t many reviews for Just The Ticket, but obviously, their site needs to be fixed. However, Just The Ticket might be providing excellent service to their customers; maybe they care more about customer satisfaction than fame? Or they don’t care about anything but just sales. We wouldn’t know, due to the no-progress even after a year of writing a review about them. The company slogan “The Discount Air Ticket Specialist” now doesn’t fit them.
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How To Reach Them?

  • Website URL:                    http://www.justtheticket.co.uk/
  • Contact Number:              020 7291-8111 / +44 20 7291 8122
  • Contact Email:                  sales@justtheticket.co.uk
  • Fax Number:                    020 7291-8129
  • Head Office Address:        3b Marylebone Street London W1G 8JB

Overview

It doesn’t seem like Just The Ticket has any plans to make an upgrade. Like really, they got a lot of room for improvement. We can’t expect a travel app from them, if their interface alone was left out from being noticed. On a positive note, they encourage clients to visit their office in London. They also have two separate phone lines to provide domestic and international travel services.

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London Stansted Airport Reviews

London Stansted Airport traces its roots back to 1943 and was used during World War II by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces as a bomber airfield and as a major maintenance depot. After the war, it was taken over by the Air Ministry and was used for housing German prisoners of war. It was in 1946 when this establishment was finally used to provide air carrier services. In this review we’ll be looking at London Stansted Airport (STN)

London Stansted Airport’s Facilities

We had noticed the gradual ranking down of London Stansted Airport. On a positive note, let us share the different airport facilities at STN.

Voyager EntertainmentThere is an information desk located in the international arrivals area and it’s open for 24 hours. London Stansted Airport used to have shower rooms at each arrival area but we’re not quite sure now after renovations. Medical attention such as pharmacies are located at the security area. For gaming entertainment (big kids), Voyager Entertainment offers video games located at the land side and airside of the airport.

There are various restaurants, cafés and bars before and after security at London Stansted Airport. These include Italian restaurants, a sushi bar, fast-food outlets and a British-style pub.

There are numerous shops throughout the terminal, which range from duty-free outlets (for passengers leaving the EU) and designer shops to newsagents. A free shopping collection service is available for passengers travelling within the EU.

WiFi (free for up to 60 minutes) is available, just connect to the ” _stanstedairport” network. Exceeding usage can be purchased and rates starts at £3 for 1 hour, £5 for 3 hours and £9 for 24 hours.

Directions

London Stansted Airport is situated next to junction 8a of the M11 motorway (which connects southwards to London) and is less than 20 minutes away from junction 27 of the M25 motorway (which circles the city).Driving
Other ways of getting to and from the airport are provided on their official site. Click the link below for a direct access on the page for directions:
http://www.stanstedairport.com/to-and-from-the-airport/

Location – Traffic – Service

The airport, owned by Manchester Airports Group, is situated 48km (30 miles) northeast of central London, in Essex.  STN is a base for a number of major European low-cost carriers, being the largest base for low-cost airline Ryanair with over 100 destinations served by the airline. It is the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. The international airport had accommodated a total of 22,519,178 passengers in 2015.

Airport/Terminal Map
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London Stansted Airport Reviews

Unfortunately, the one-terminal international airport had garnered an overall score of 2/10 rating on Skytrax. The main problem of the airport is delayed flights due to late and early gate opening and closing. Some passengers had even stated that STN is an airport to avoid due to its very slow service and unorganized lanes. It is quite noticeable that the most recent feedback are actually negative.

To see more London Stansted Airport reviews, click here.

Development Plan

London Stansted Airport is planning on developments to make a possibility of accommodating 40-45 million passengers on their single runway. Their targets include maximising the usage of their land area. This plan aims to maintain their number one position for public transport, unlock economic growth and create more jobs in their region. To see more of their development plan, click here.
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Contact Information:

  • Airport Code:                  STN
  • Phone Number:               +44 844 335 1803
  • Website URL:                  http://www.stanstedairport.com/
  • Address:                         Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted, Essex CM24 1QW, United Kingdom

Overview

We once wrote about London Heathrow Airport and who had thought that Heathrow remains on the 8th spot in the World’s Top 100 Airports in 2016, while Stansted went down to 95th from 73rd spot last year. Maybe STN should try to add a terminal to organize their flights and passenger traffic since customer concerns are more generalized to airports incapable of accommodating a lot of travellers.

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Since it has been a year, we will be starting to write new reviews about the travel sites we once wrote about last year, just to give you a heads up of the current status or changes of a particular online travel agency. Things can change in a span of a year, that’s why we decided on re-writing some of the written travel search engines and give you the freshest feedback for 2016.

In this review, we will be re-talking about Opodo.

Opodo Reviews 2016
The pan-European travel site was founded in June 2011 by an association of several European airlines including Air France, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, KLM and Lufthansa. Opodo has its registered office at Villanueva, 29, 28001, Madrid, Spain but is actually headquartered in London, United Kingdom and 12 other brand sites. 99.4% of the travel company is owned by Amadeus IT Group and also a member of European e-travel group, ODIGEO since 2011.
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The first leader of Opodo was Mr. Giovanni Bisignani, who was the former CEO of Alitalia and current CEO of IATA (International Air Transport Association).

Now lets see what is Opodo’s functionality:

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How does Opodo work?
Basically, if you access Opodo it’s easy to navigate because it promptly shows the option to search for the customer’s desired destination, either one-way or multi-stop. Recently, Opodo offers up to 20% saving if travellers will book a flight with a hotel reservation. The option for booking hotel reservations is based from 855,000 plus hotels worldwide. Opodo will initially let customers choose what kind of payment method they prefer prior to searching.
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However, given the strong side of the overall service of the page, the Opodo reviews 2016 were the main reason why we decide to write a review about them.

Opodo Reviews 2016 from Consumers
Since then Opodo had always been receiving poor comments from consumers. This overall rating got worse now. On SiteJabber, Opodo reviews 2016 show that the travel site had garnered a 0.1/5 score rating. What’s worst is the same concern was not solved. The reason why Opodo had been consistently receiving negative feedback is because some booking were not actually reserved with the airline and hotels. When you try to reach them, they are often unreachable. Customers consider themselves lucky if they’ll receive a response via email after a month long.
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How To Reach Them?

  • Website URL:                   www.opodo.com
  • Contact Number:             00 44 121 281 3360
                                            0044 800 368 3866 (Toll Free)
                                            Hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm
                                            Weekends and bank holidays 9am to 2pm (BST).
  • Head Office Address:       Waterfront building, Hammersmith Embankment,
                                            Chancellor’s Road W6 9RU London, UK

Points To Reconsider
Well in that case, it is safe to say that Opodo Customer Care Team lacks the ability to be responsive towards consumers’ concerns. This is in fact proven by a lot of Opodo reviews 2016 showing online and continuously adding up everyday. This review is somehow a reminder for travellers who are planning to book with Opodo. Stay away with them. Unless you are a hundred percent sure they won’t fake your booking and they won’t leave you hanging.

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