OmniServ buys OFJ Connections

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In addition to airport buses, OFJ Connections operates a smart coach fleet for crew transfer duties. This Plaxton Cheetah was caught on camera at Waterloo Bridge, London. MIKE SHEATHER

All change for two airport transport specialists

Passenger assistance provider OmniServ has acquired OFJ Connections and OFJ Airlinks, two sister companies which provide bus and coach transport for passengers and airline crew at London Gatwick Airport – according to Passenger Terminal Today.

OFJ has contracts with several partner firms and airlines at Gatwick, covering terminal transfer services, crew and passenger coach movements, car park shuttle buses and associated third party operations. OFJ also has operations at London City Airport.

Ernie Patterson, Chairman of OmniServ, said: “As part of our strategy to develop and expand our services at Gatwick Airport, I am pleased to announce that OmniServ has acquired the entire share capital of OFJ Connections Ltd and OFJ Airlinks Ltd, effective from December 1, 2016.

“This transaction builds on our existing UK aviation bus activities while increasing our breadth of services at Gatwick Airport, where we now employ some 700 people across our Blackjack Promotions, Red Handling and airport (SEGS) operations.”

The existing management team at OFJ will report in to Ian Mitchell, Head of Ground Transportation at OmniServ, who is also a member of the executive leadership team.

OmniServ already provides services across a range of customer-facing contracts at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh and Liverpool airports.

Employees act as ‘ambassadors’ who provide directions and manage passenger flow around the terminals; act as VIP hosts and drivers for inter-terminal buses; and provide assistance where needed for passengers with mobility issues or other challenges (PRM), or unaccompanied minors.

Additionally, OmniServ’s subsidiary, Blackjack Promotions, provides staff for retailers and consumer-facing brands running marketing campaigns in public areas and retail spaces.

OFJ Connections’ Heathrow business was sold to Rotala earlier this year. For £1.3m. As part of the acquisition, Rotala acquired a vehicle fleet, which had a fair value of £0.65m, but did not assumed any other assets or liabilities.