You don’t have to have your own private jet to have a private airport experience in Dublin or London – YVONNE GORDON checks out some VIP options which might suit the business traveller.
If you’re a frequent traveller from Dublin Airport and want to avoid the hassle of check-in and queues, or have a private meeting before your flight, check out the private terminal at Dublin Airport.
Dublin Airport Platinum Services is a small terminal right beside Arrivals in Terminal 1. You can drive right up to the terminal and when you arrive, you are shown to a private suite with refreshments, coffee-making facilities, a desk and comfy chairs and sofas, while you wait for your flight. There are also showers, audio-visual facilities and larger meeting rooms which hold up to 200 people. They will take care of check-in for you and transfer your luggage to the airline, so you don’t have to go near the airline desks or queues, and there is a private security screening area.
When it’s time to board the plane, a chauffeur will be provided to drive you directly to your aircraft so there are no long walks to the gate. The terminal also handles private aircraft and there is a service for arrivals which includes baggage and immigration. The service starts at €130 per person each way plus Vat, catering is extra, see dublinairport.com/Platinum_Services or call (01) 814 4895.
At London Heathrow Airport, the Heathrow VIP Black service includes collection from your UK address by chauffeur, arrival at a dedicated entrance and a private lounge to relax or work in. They also look after luggage and check-in, security screening is conducted at the suite and you are driven directly to the aircraft.
The service is available for those travelling in first or business class on any airline that flies to the airport (it is not available for economy passengers) and starts from £2,750 plus Vat for three people, see heathrowvip.com.
At London Gatwick Airport, as well as two other airports (Barbados & Grenada and Antigua), Signature Elite Class offers a private airport experience with a private lounge, luggage handling and a chauffeur to your airport, starting from £450 plus Vat for the first passenger. Additional passengers are from £200, see signatureeliteclass.com.