Contactless payments a hit with Gatwick rail passengers

Rail Transportation links to and from UK airports are coming increasingly under the spotlight, so many will welcome the news that more than 180,000 passengers have already used the new Oyster card system and contactless payments at Gatwick's railway station.

The technology was launched at the airport only a few weeks ago and in the week of February 22nd to 28th alone nearly 35,000 passengers' used Pay as you Go with Oyster or contactless. This figure represents 10% of the total number of passengers travelling to and from Gatwick by train.

Death of the tangerine ticket

Rail Minister Claire Perry recently claimed that the latest advances in contactless technology will mean the 'death of the tangerine ticket' as more people than ever use the systems to pay for their train travel.

The implementation of Oyster and contactless payments at Gatwick means that rail passengers benefit from seamless connections to and throughout the capital using one single ticketless system.

Rise of the tech-passenger

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at Gatwick Airport, said: "The roll out of Oyster and contactless payments at Gatwick is already helping to make journeys to and from the airport easier and ticketing considerably faster for thousands of our passengers."

"As the rise of the tech-passenger soars, rapid advancements in technology at Gatwick are bringing huge benefits for millions of passengers, offering them greater convenience when travelling and more control over their journey from curb and platform to gate," Stephenson added.

Millions of passengers using Gatwick are also benefiting from other advancements in digital technology which help to manage their experience at the airport itself.

There has been a steep increase in passengers using online check-in, self-service bag drops, mobile boarding passes and e-passport gates services, with the number of passengers checking-in online jumping from 33% in 2010 to 58% last year. Those passengers using a mobile boarding pass has increased from 0.9% in 2013 to 7.9% over the past two years.

As 20 million passengers flew out of Gatwick in 2015 this means around 11.5 million checked in online and 1.6 million used their mobile as a boarding pass.

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Date Created: 16 March 2016

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