Overview of the Air Transport Industry
Air Transport businesses facilitate the transporting of passengers and freight to other destinations via air. When air transport is mentioned, people automatically think of aeroplanes, but people can also travel by helicopters and even hot air balloons
There are about forty operating airlines within the UK and the largest are British Airways and Easyjet. People wishing to travel to other places within Europe and the rest of the world will take a flight from their nearest or most convenient airport unless they need to fly from a specific airport as some smaller airports do not fly to every destination worldwide.
The busiest London airports are Gatwick and Heathrow with Heathrow being the biggest airport in the UK and the third busiest globally. Recent figures show that approximately 191,200 passengers arrive and depart on a daily basis at Heathrow.
Within the airport, there are Airline Ticket Agents who can issue flight tickets and give advice to passengers wishing to book direct, upgrade their existing flight or who are hoping to purchase a last minute bargain ticket. They are responsible for ensuring your luggage is correctly checked-in as well as checking that the contents of your hand luggage are suitable, they will also issue you with a boarding card which needs to be shown whilst making any duty-free purchases within the airport as well as shown to the aircraft crew before you board your flight.
Most airports have a variety of duty-free shops, restaurants and cafes and many travellers and holiday-makers enjoy arriving at the airport early to stock up on some essential duty-free bargains for their holiday such as alcohol, perfume and jewellery.
Within the airport, there are also people who work under the category Airline Support Services. If your luggage goes astray then the airline support staff will be on hand to assist.
People who wish to send items via air may need to enlist the help of companies who deal primarily with this. Pharmaceuticals are regularly shipped to different global locations as well as on a local and national scale, as are livestock, food and beverages as well as personal and household items. These companies can be sourced via an online business directory.
For those wishing to enlist a pilot and or airplane for private charter, then by looking under the heading Aviation Professionals and Services or Air Charters on an online business directory, will list local and international companies who offer this service.
As air travel has progressed, people are choosing to travel a lot further afield than before, and the quality of service that airlines provide has definitely improved. Nowadays, most airlines provide a variety of films and programs for passengers to watch on long haul flights. These may be viewed from small flat television screens which are suspended from the ceiling of the plane or sometimes they are integrated into the back of every passenger’s chair.
Many airlines offer this as a free service but ask that the passengers pay a small fee to purchase the earplugs that are needed in order to watch the films. There are in-flight magazines which can be found in the pocket of the seat in front of every passenger and a lot of airlines offer on-board food and drinks entirely free to all their passengers whilst some airlines make a charge for this. Companies that provide in-flight entertainment films and packages are contracted by the airlines. All films to be shown on-board have to be deemed suitable for all passengers and thoroughly researched for their suitability. To find out more about companies who provide this service, use a business directory, which will list individual companies, reviews about them and their contact details.