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Airport names oldest traveller

30 August 2012 09:19

The campaign searched for the UK's oldest traveller

The campaign searched for the UK's oldest traveller

A 101-year-old passenger has been named the UK's oldest traveller by Gatwick Airport as it seeks to promote travel for passengers with reduced mobility. Fauja Singh has lived in Britain since 1992 and travels all over the world to take part in marathons. He said he has no plans to give up flying yet, adding that seeing the world is "one of the most precious things in life to me" and praising Gatwick for helping him and others continue to do so.

Singh has been honoured several times recently, receiving a letter from the Queen on his 100th birthday and carrying the Olympic Flame through the London borough of Newham. And, while specialist seniors travel insurance is certainly an important consideration for people like Singh, Gatwick Airport's head of terminal operations Paul Fitch hopes the award will help encourage more older people to travel. He said: "We hope that through our ongoing improvements to Gatwick's services and facilities for passengers with reduced mobility we can help more people to travel and realise their dreams."