Officials from Gatwick have named Mr Fauja Singh as the winner of its mobility-focused ‘UK’s oldest traveller’ contest.

Airport news for Gatwick,Travel on 27/08/2012.

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Officials from Gatwick have named Mr Fauja Singh as the winner of its mobility-focused ‘UK’s oldest traveller’ competition.

Singh, a 30-year resident of the UK who continues to run marathons despite his age, will enjoy return flights from Gatwick to Las Vegas on British Airways as well as five-star hotel accommodation at the Vdara Hotel & Spa. The 101-year old has been nicknamed the “Turbaned Tornado” and carried the Olympic flame leading up to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics last month.

Gatwick said that he contest was aimed at highlighting the facility’s ability to help accommodate reduced-mobility passengers.

Terminal operations head at Gatwick, Paul Fitch, said in a press release, “At Gatwick we provide assistance to approximately 30,000 passengers a month, rising to around 47,000 at peak periods, and are committed to providing support and special assistance at every step of the airport journey – whether that is through customised transport, dedicated seating, or our specially trained staff. If you require assistance during your journey, we encourage you to inform your airline or travel agent ahead of time so that we’re all prepped and ready for you – and suggest visiting gatwickairport.com/prm for more details on the help that’s available.”

Mr Singh’s translator and training coach, Harmander Singh translated the runner’s statement for the release: “One of the most precious things in life to me is being able to see the world and have new experiences and I don’t plan to give up anytime soon so it’s great to see that Gatwick is encouraging others to do the same. My favourite travel experiences are those which have involved running a marathon. I have never been to Las Vegas but believe there is marathon there in December!”

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