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Air Southwest Oyster deal for London City flights

02/03/2010

Air Southwest has teamed up with Transport for London (TfL) to become the first airline to sell Visitor Oyster cards on flights into London City Airport, the UK’s leading business airport, located in the heart of London’s financial district.

Passengers on Air Southwest’s flights to London City can buy a Visitor Oyster card on board for just £22, which includes £20 of travel credit.

Air Southwest operates two daily return flights to London City Airport from Plymouth and the surfing mecca of Newquay in Cornwall.

The deal with TfL allows passengers to buy Visitor Oyster cards before they arrive in the capital giving them quicker and easier access to the transport network and thereby allowing them more time to make the most of their trip to London.

Oyster is an electronic transport smartcard which enables passengers to pay for journeys on the Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Buses, Tramlink, London Overground, Thames Clippers river services and on all National Rail services in Greater London.

Thanks to the DLR, more passengers leave London City Airport by public transport than any other airport in the country and by purchasing a Visitor Oyster card, they avoid having to queue for tickets.

Air Southwest’s commercial director Mike Coombes, said: “This is all about giving our customers a hassle-free journey into London. With their Oyster card they can go straight from our aircraft onto the Docklands Light Railway and be in the City or Canary Wharf in minutes.”

Giles Bailey, Head of Group Marketing Strategy and Integration for TfL, said: “This is our first partnership into London City and we’re delighted to be working with Air Southwest on promoting the Visitor Oyster card as a quick and easy way of accessing London’s public transport network.”

Richard Gooding, Chief Executive of London City Airport said: “This is a great partnership that we hope to see repeated on other scheduled services into London City. The airport is committed to giving passengers the smoothest journey possible and this will add to that.”

Air Southwest’s daily return flights from London City Airport to Newquay and Plymouth start from £49 including taxes, charges and baggage. The airline also operates four daily return flights from London Gatwick on which Oyster cards are also available.

Editors note

Photography shows:

1. Air Southwest cabin crew with giant Oyster card.

2. Cornish surfers Sarah and Sarah waiting for the next DLR (Docklands Light Railway) train at London City Airport.

Air Southwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plymouth-based Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market. The group owns and operates Plymouth City Airport and its interests span regeneration and transport.

Air Southwest flies to the following destinations:

Newquay to: London City Airport, London Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Bristol, Dublin, Cork, Newcastle, Glasgow, Grenoble

Plymouth to: London City Airport, London Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Bristol, Jersey, Guernsey, Dublin, Cork, Newcastle, Glasgow, Grenoble

London Gatwick to: Plymouth, Newquay

London City Airport: Newquay, Plymouth.

Leeds Bradford to: Bristol, Plymouth, Newquay

Manchester to: Bristol, Plymouth, Newquay

Bristol to: Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Plymouth, Newquay

Jersey to: Plymouth

Guernsey to: Plymouth

Dublin to: Newquay, Plymouth

Newcastle to: Newquay, Plymouth

Glasgow to: Newquay, Plymouth

Cork to: Newquay, Plymouth

Grenoble to: Newquay, Plymouth (winter ski flights)

For a full archive of Air Southwest press releases please visit: www.airsouthwest.com/news

About TfL

Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for the Capital’s transport system, managing London’s buses, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground and London Trams. It also runs London River Services, Victoria Coach Station and London’s Transport Museum. As well as running London’s Congestion Charing scheme, TfL manages a 580km network of main roads, all of London’s 6,000 traffic lights and regulates taxis and the private hire trade.

Oyster cards are electronic transport smartcards that can be used to travel on all TfL and National Rail services in Greater London.

The Visitor Oyster Card is a specifically branded version of the Oyster card for the visitor market. Visitor Oyster is available with various amounts of pre-loaded pay as you go credit. The Visitor Oyster card sold by Air Southwest will cost £22 and includes £20 pay as you go credit pre-loaded onto the card. Passengers can easily top up their credit at Tube stations, Travel Information Centres and thousands of Oyster Ticket Stops in shops across the Capital

Further information

Contact Geraldine.Nolan@Londoncityairport.com

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