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Monday 19th of January 2015
The Gatwick Airport Easirent Car Hire location think the airport could make the pushchairs more secure meaning less should go missing.
Pushchairs provided by Gatwick Airport for customers to borrow when getting off planes have gone missing.
At the start of last year the airport launched a scheme at arrivals to offer families the free use of a pushchair on the walk from planes to the baggage halls. The idea was to help passengers with young children by giving tired little legs a rest and to save parents from having to carry their infants immediately after a long flight.
Once they get to baggage reclaim, the parents are meant to leave behind the airport’s buggies as they will be picking up their own. However, the idea has backfired because more than 200, out of 260 ordered, have been stolen in the past six months.
The pushchairs were brought in last year as part of Gatwick’s initiative to be as family-friendly as possible. Passengers are asked to leave the borrowed pushchairs at a drop-off point, where a staff member cleans them and returns them to the collection point ready for the next customers.
The Mothercare Nanu Strollers do not feature any stamp or label identifying them as airport property, although their seats are decorated in the same shade of blue as Gatwick’s logo.
A Gatwick Airport spokesman said “efforts are made to continually replenish the stock of pushchairs, when staff realise some have gone missing, to make sure they don’t completely run out. The latest count was that there were about 100 of the pushchairs at the airport.”