Oxford Bus Company’s Airline coach service will increase its number of journeys to Gatwick airport from 17 July, due to increased passenger demand as people return to international and domestic travel. The operator had previously increased service frequencies to Heathrow airport to every 30 minutes following the lifting of all UK travel restrictions. At that stage its service to Gatwick had remained at every two hours, but with patronage continuing to increase, services will now return to pre-pandemic frequencies, the operator has said.
The service provides connectivity between Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Oxford and High Wycombe. It also offers passengers the option to book tickets up to 11 months in advance.
Luke Marion, Oxford Bus Company Interim Managing Director, said: “After more than two years of reduced timetables and working hard to re-build patronage we are pleased to be returning our Airline services back to normal service levels.
“Demand for our Airline service has been steadily increasing, and with the summer holidays beginning we expect this trend to continue. It’s great to see people returning to travelling and we look forward to welcoming more passengers back to the Airline. Based on customer feedback we have invested in digital booking technology and a function that enables people to book tickets 11 months in advance to help passengers plan their journeys, with flexible ticket options in case plans change. Currently passengers are experiencing changes to air travel timetables and so this function is proving to be very helpful to our passengers.”