Budget chain expands airport portfolio
Four new budget Premier Inn hotels providing 1,570 rooms at London"s leading airports are planned
Two properties at Heathrow and one each at Gatwick and Stantsed are to open from autumn 2011.
A 400-room Premier Inn is planned for Heathrow Terminal 5, and a 240-room property at Terminal 4.
Gatwick North Terminal will have a 630-room hotel and Stansted a 300-room property.
The Gatwick hotel is claimed to be the first airport terminal-based budget hotel in the UK.
Premier Inn parent company Whitbread has entered into agreements with companies owned by the Arora Family Trust to lease the hotels at the three airports. The agreements are conditional upon obtaining planning permission and other consents.
Commercial and property director Mark Anderson said: "As air travel returns to long-term growth, we see opportunities to build our presence at airports.
"The success of the budget airlines has shown that there is an increasing demand for low-cost travel and that includes accommodation."
by Phil Davies
Monday, September 14, 2009