Being made redundant at Thomas Cook spurred Paul Stanyer to found Airport to Hotel in 2002. His company provides travel agents with transfer services between airports and hotels, and also allows holidaymakers to book direct online. Claiming to operate in 70 countries and in more than 4,000 cities and resorts, the West Sussex company has links with Easyjet and other airlines that sell its service through their websites. It is also launching a revamped ski shuttle service to winter holiday destinations. Sales grew 84% a year from £1.4m in 2004 to £8.6m in 2007. The company is half-owned by Hong Kong-based Unifol International, a consortium of business-angel investors.
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