September 7 2017  |  Airline & Terminal News

Premium passengers make connections with BA car service at LHR

By Rick Lundstrom

British Airways is introducing a new service called Premium Transfer Drive at London Heathrow to ensure that passengers who are at risk of missing their connection are able to catch their onward flight.

The new scheme applies to customers travelling on a UK domestic flight, who are connecting on to either a short-haul flight in Club Europe, a long-haul service in Club World (long haul business class) or First, or who are Silver or Gold Executive Clubmembers.

British Airways’ team at Heathrow will track passengers, and where there’s a risk they will miss their connection, will provide an ‘airside’ car transfer between one flight and the next.

They will also send a message to the inbound aircraft, so the cabin crew can inform the passenger that a car will be waiting to transfer them, thereby alleviating any stress or worry.

“Missing a connection is one of the most stressful situations a customer can experience, so helping them through that journey and keeping them informed is critical,” said Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ new director of brand and customer experience. “The new premium transfer service will enable us to identify customers who are at risk of missing their onward flight, and proactively arrange to collect them by car, whisking them directly to their next flight.


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