Press release -
OXFORD BUS COMPANY INCREASE AIRLINE SERVICES TO HEATHROW AIRPORT
The Oxford Bus Company has announced it will increase the frequency of its Airline coach service to Heathrow Airport from Monday 17 May 2021.
It coincides with the news of the UK’s travel green list and the anticipated increase in air travel. Initially this will be focused on domestic flights and a small number of overseas destinations. Services between Oxford and Heathrow Airport will operate hourly daily from May 17. The service connects Oxford with Lewknor, High Wycombe Coachway and Heathrow Airport. The Airline service to Gatwick remains suspended. However, it is expected the service will return later this summer, as international travel opportunities return.
Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company Managing Director, said: “This is another positive development and our first step in supporting people wishing to take international or domestic flights. Our Airline service to Heathrow has been operating right through the pandemic and is a key part of connectivity to Heathrow Airport and we look forward to welcoming back more of our customers. We are in continued talks with our airport partners and are confident of re-introducing the Gatwick service as the number of countries on the green list grows.”
Customers are asked to check the website for full details of the timetable and to pay for tickets using contactless payments or the app. Enhanced cleaning regimes on all vehicles are being maintained and carefully monitored. With social distancing guidelines for buses and coaches also relaxed by government the capacity of Airline coaches will be close to normal for customers as all seats are forward facing.
The Airline Flyer ticket which provides one ticket for an entire local bus and coach journey to and from Heathrow Airport also remains available. The ticket is designed to encourage passengers to take a bus to connect to the Airline coach service. It means when passengers buy an Airline Flyer ticket their local bus journey on an Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel bus is free. It applies to single, day, next day return or period return Airline coach tickets.
Coaches include at seat trays to accommodate laptops and tablets, plus USB charging points and power-sockets. There are also monitors on-board, with sat-nav displays to enable passengers to check progress on their journey, just as they would when on an aeroplane. The coaches also boast free Wi-Fi, wheel-chair access and much improved luggage capacity for passengers’ suitcases and bags.
The Oxford Bus Company has kept the people of Oxford moving since 1881. Our services now span the width and breadth of Oxford and also take passengers to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. In addition, our City Sightseeing Oxford hop-on, hop-off open topped bus company provides enjoyable tours of Oxford. And our sister companies, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses provide convenient travel services across South Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire respectively.