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Heathrow Express festeggia 100 milioni di passeggeri

Dall’apertura nel giugno 1998, sono stati 100 milioni i passeggeri che hanno utilizzato Heathrow Express , il collegamento ferroviario più veloce da Londra a Heathrow, con un tempo di viaggio di soli 15 minuti per i Terminali 2 e 3 (pochi minuti per Terminali 4 e 5).

Le celebrazioni si svolgeranno presso la stazione di Paddington dal 28 giugno al 4 luglio con una esibizione fotografica.

È probabile che anche l’aeroporto di Oslo (Flytog) festeggerà il  suoi 100 milioni di passeggeri nel mese di agosto. L’aeroporto di Oslo Gardermoen è più piccolo di Heathrow: ha 19 milioni di passeggeri all’anno  rispetto ai 48 milioni di Heathrow; è molto più lontano dalla città che serve (48 km, piuttosto che 24 di Heathrow). Un altro fattore importante è l’inverno norvegese!

Entrambi gli aeroporti Expresses sono stati aperti nello stesso anno,  1998: con l’apertura di Heathrow Express a giugno e il Flytog in ottobre.

Entrambi sono legati principalmente al servizio per i viaggiatori d’affari. Heathrow Express opera senza sosta ogni 15 minuti tra Londra Paddington e Heathrow Terminals 2 e 3: serve direttamente anche il Terminal 5 e il Terminal 4 con un cambio di treno presso i Terminals 2 e 3.

English Version

Heathrow Express is celebrating carrying 100 million passengers since it opened in June 1998. Part of the celebration will be a quirky photographic exhibition in Paddington station from 28 June to 4 July.
It is likely that Airport Express Oslo (Flytog) will celebrate their 100 millionth passenger in August. Oslo Gardermoen Airport is smaller than Heathrow – it has 19m terminating passengers a year, compared with Heathrow’s 48m – but it is significantly farther from the city it serves (48km, rather than Heathrow’s 24). Another important factor is the Norwegian winter!
Both Airport Expresses opened in the same year – 1998 – with Heathrow Express opening in June and Flytog in October. Both run up-market trains appealing to the business traveller. Heathrow Express runs non-stop every 15 minutes between London Paddington and Heathrow’s Terminals 2 and 3: it also serves Terminal 5 directly and Terminal 4 with a change of train at Terminals 2 & 3. Flytog normally runs every 10 minutes, with alternate trains running non-stop to Oslo Sentral and continuing to the western suburbs (places like Asker and Drammen, popular with frequent flyers and aircrew because the former airport – Fornebu – used to be on this side of the city).

It is the fastest Airport Express in the world, with an average speed of 152 km/h: this is because, when the site for the replacement airport was decided on, a key requirement was that the journey time between the airport and Parliament should remain the same even though the distance increased significantly!

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Andrew Sharp
Over 30 years experience in the transportation industry - mainly the rail industry in the UK. For 14 years Director-General of the International Air Rail Organisation, a world-wide group of organisations across the air and rail industry with an interest in rail links to airports. Retired in 2012 and now their Policy Adviser. Masters degree in Transportation and Traffic Planning from the University of Birmingham, and Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committees on Passenger Intermodal Facilities and Airport Terminals and Ground Access and their Aviation Sustainability Sub-Committee, and the Aviation Policy Group of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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