Boingo Wireless now in six major UK airports

Boingo Wireless announced it has signed an exclusive deal with global airport company BAA to be the sole provider of retail Wi-Fi services at six major airports in the United Kingdom. The airports to be powered by Boingo include London Heathrow (LHR), London Stansted (STN), Glasgow (GLA), Edinburgh (EDI), Aberdeen (ABZ), and Southampton (SOU). Wi-Fi services were previously provided in parallel by multiple operators, including Boingo.

In conjunction with the contract award, Boingo will open an office in London to service the six airports and be better attuned to local customers’ needs.

“Boingo’s proven track record as the global leader in neutral host airport Wi-Fi was crucial to our decision,” said Ian Denchfield, Head of Commercial Telecoms for BAA. “The company’s dedication to world-class customer service and neutral host roaming, as well as longstanding success in network reliability and revenue growth, made them the obvious choice.”

“BAA’s UK airports are the crown jewels of hotspots in the British Isles,” said David Hagan, CEO and president, Boingo Wireless. “We intend to bring our full complement of expertise to bear in ensuring travelers have an optimal Wi-Fi experience when flying into, out of, or through the UK and on to their final destinations.

“BAA’s decision brings those travelers access to not only six airports in the UK, but also more than 125,000 hotspots around the world with a single account,” added Hagan.

After connecting to the “Boingo Hotspot” SSID, they will be redirected to a Boingo landing page — accessible on both laptop and mobile devices — with several Wi-Fi access options including day passes and subscriptions, with options to choose local or global access and pay in Pounds Sterling or the Euro.

NOTE: I do use Boingo a lot when I travel and I’ve found it to be a very convenient way to get a Wi-Fi connection in airports and hotels.