National Express has launched of a new round-the-clock service providing a daily direct link between the Gatwick Airport and Kent.
The coach operator is launching a 24/7 straight-to-the-terminal service, which it claims is the only means of travelling between Gatwick and Kent direct via public transport.
Starting in December, a dedicated National Express service will serve both terminals from locations throughout Kent eight times a day, with journey times taking around an hour. Tickets are already bookable.
Pick up and drop off points will include Canterbury, Chatham, Gillingham, Maidstone, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Travel times are expected to be up to 45 minutes quicker than rail, with all rail services involving at least one change.
The move signifies a significantly enhanced National Express presence at Gatwick. The operator already serves the airport from London, South Wales, the South Coast, the Midlands and East Anglia, operating hundreds of thousands of passenger journeys a year.
National Express Managing Director Tom Stables said: “Our new services to Gatwick offers for the first time a direct link from the airport to Kent by public transport and underlines our position as the UK’s number one provider of straight-to-the-airport travel”.
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at Gatwick Airport, said: “With so many passengers and employees regularly travelling between Gatwick and Kent, we are delighted that National Express will be providing a direct transport link.
“By increasing connectivity with Kent and providing the only direct public transport link we look forward to welcoming even more passengers to the airport.”