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Old May 12th, 2005, 05:16 PM   #101
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Aberdeen continues to fly high
12 May 2005
The Herald

ABERDEEN airport was BAA's fastest-growing Scottish facility for the second month running, passenger traffic figures from the company showed. Britain's biggest airport operator said Aberdeen grew passenger numbers 5.8-per cent to 232,200 in April compared with the same month last year. Passenger volumes increased 3.9-per cent year-on-year to 688,300 at Edinburgh and 0.7-per cent to 641,100 at Glasgow, which is more reliant on the peak summer months.

Across the UK, traffic increased 0.8-per cent. The results were distorted by the fact that Easter fell in March this year.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 07:17 AM   #102
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UK's Natl Air Traffic Svcs Says April Flights Up 6%
11 May 2005
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--National Air Traffic Services (NATS) handled 183,997 flights in April, an increase of six per cent over April 2004. The growth was led by low-cost carriers, the U.K. agency said.

NATS' air traffic control centre at Manchester recorded the highest growth for April 2005, with an increase of 8.6% to 49,627 flights. Swanwick reported an increase of 6.2% (148,980 flights); followed by the Oceanic Centre at Prestwick with 5.8% (29,780 flights); Scottish with 5.4 per cent (49,660 flights); and West Drayton with 5.1% (106,495 flights).

Of the 14 U.K. airports where NATS provides the air traffic control service, 12 reported increased traffic over April 2004, with the highest increases at Luton (21.5%), London City (15.8%) and Southampton (14.2%). The two airports reporting reduced traffic from April 2004 were Birmingham (down 4.6%) and Stansted (down 0.1%).

The average delay per flight (attributable to NATS) fell sharply to 7.1 seconds, down from 24.2 seconds in April 2004. The number of flights receiving no NATS-attributable delay in April 2005 increased to 99.1%, up from 97.1 per cent in April 2004.

Flights to European countries remained popular, with Italy (up 15.8% to 8,146 flights), Spain (up 8.2% to 15,032 flights) and Germany (up 8.0 per cent to 12,648 flights) showing the greatest growth. Flights to the United States showed continued growth, up 4.1% to 7,603 flights over April 2004.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #103
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Friday May 13, 9:07 PM
British Airways Profits Slide for 4Q

AP - British Airways PLC said Friday that quarterly profits slumped 25 percent as high crude oil prices eroded its earnings but full-year profit nearly doubled largely as the result of cost-cutting measures.

British Airways said that net profit for the three months ended March 31 was 9 million pounds ($16.8 million), down from 12 million pounds a year earlier. Revenue edged up to 1.89 billion pounds ($3.51 billion) from 1.85 billion pounds a year ago.

For the full year, the company earned 251 million pounds ($467.31 million), up from 130 million pounds a year ago. Full-year revenue rose 3.3 percent to 7.8 billion pounds ($14.49 billion).

The airline warned that high fuel costs would be an ongoing problem.

"Market conditions remain broadly unchanged," British Airways Chairman Martin Broughton said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

Broughton said the airline now expected fuel costs, net of hedging, to be about 400 million pounds ($744 million) more than last year. The airline had previously warned that fuel costs would be 300 million pounds ($558 million) higher than last year.

Crude oil prices hit a record $58.28 a barrel in early April. They have since slid about 20 percent, but remain 19 percent higher than this time last year.

The full-year results benefited from cost improvements made under Chief Executive Rod Eddington's restructuring plans.

"These are good results, driven by continued cost control and strong demand for our products," said Eddington, who will step down in September after five years with the airline.

He said the airline had exceeded its 2003-2005 planned savings of 450 million pounds ($837 million) by 7 million pounds ($13 million).

The results exceeded analysts' expectations and shares in the airline rose 2.1 percent to 259.25 pence ($4.83) on the London Stock Exchange.

Broughton said total revenue was expected to increase by between 4 percent and 5 percent in 2005-2006, up from an earlier estimate of 3 percent to 4 percent because of new fuel surcharges imposed on passengers by the airline to reap back some of the higher costs.

Broughton said that capacity and volumes were expected to increase by about 3 percent.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 08:18 PM   #104
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Passengers 'pay Pounds 650m too much for flights'
Angela Jameson
13 May 2005
The Times

PASSENGERS are paying Pounds 650 million a year more than necessary for long haul air tickets, according to bmi, the British airline that is campaigning to loosen restrictions on long-distance routes from Heathrow.

Bmi has identified 14 long-haul routes from Heathrow that are restricted from full competition, including Sydney, Washington, New York, Cape Town and Lagos. The airline believes that passengers would save Pounds 658 million a year if restrictions were lifted on the routes, based on a 10 per cent fall in fares.

Sir Michael Bishop, chairman of the airline, said that millions of passengers were being "denied real competitive choice because of regulatory restrictions".

He urged the UK and US governments to examine a recent deregulation agreement between the UK and India.

Limited deregulation on routes from Heathrow to India, introduced last September, has seen economy ticket prices fall by 25 per cent and business fares drop by 15 per cent.

Eight of the restricted routes are to American destinations. Discussions between the UK and the US aimed at removing competition are due to resume next week.
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Old May 14th, 2005, 09:39 PM   #105
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Heathrow jam causes alarm
Andrew Clark
12 May 2005
The Guardian

Accident investigators are calling for a comprehensive review of ground safety at Heathrow following a spate of collisions between planes and buildings which have raised concern about overcrowding at Britain's busiest airport.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will today express alarm about the number of aircraft hitting piers, gates and tugs as the airport's management struggles to find space to park planes.

Last year a dispatcher had to run clear of an airbridge to escape injury when he realised a British Airways jumbo jet was about to crash into it. The plane, which had arrived from San Francisco, sustained a hole in its wing and severe damage to one of its engines which sucked in debris.

A few weeks earlier a Boeing 737 operated by the Romanian airline Tarom suffered similar damage when it hit a jetty on arrival from Bucharest.

Four years ago the AAIB reported that there were between 70 and 120 incidents a year in which aircraft were damaged by accidents on the ground at Heathrow. Investigators will today criticise the airport's "inadequate response" to the problem.

AAIB investigators have concluded that there is "little overall strategy" for guiding air craft on to stands, with confusion about who is responsible for using emergency stop signals. They will call on the Civil Aviation Authority to conduct an audited review of the airport's operations.

"London Heathrow airport operates within a site of restricted size. It is apparent that the airport is working to capacity and that the operation is constantly being driven to increase this capacity still further," says the report, which points out that some stands designed for one aircraft are being used to accommodate two smaller planes.

Heathrow is the world's busiest international hub, handling 63 million passengers annually on 90 airlines. Aircraft take off or land on the airport's two runways every 90 seconds. A pounds 4.2bn fifth terminal is due to open in 2008.

The transport secretary, Alistair Darling, has indicated that he favours construction of a third runway, as long as air pollution is reduced locally.

BAA, which operates Heathrow, said it was installing extra "emergency stop" buttons, allowing ground staff to warn pilots when they were about to hit piers. The company said it had reviewed procedures in response to recent incidents and was considering the recommendations of the investigators.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 07:25 AM   #106
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UK airline bmi plans new long-haul routes

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) - British airline bmi [BMID.UL] plans to launch daily services to Bombay and has identified 14 other long-haul routes it would like to fly, the carrier said on Thursday.

Chairman Michael Bishop said bmi, formerly known as British Midland, hoped to operate weekly services from London to Bombay and start services later this year to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He told reporters the airline had identified 14 other potential long-haul destinations including Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, Narita in Japan and destinations in the United States.

"We have long campaigned for the right to bring new competition to key long-haul routes from Heathrow, and we will continue to do so," Bishop told reporters.

Bmi, which hopes to compete with larger rivals British Airways and Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL], starts the four-times-a-week service from London to Bombay this Saturday.

Bmi's long-haul ambitions have been held back by the failure of negotiations to deregulate air travel between the UK and other countries. India and Britain recently agreed to open up additional routes between the two nations.

Bishop told reporters the airline was in talks with plane manufacturers including Boeing and Airbus on possible fleet expansion. The airline has options to add to its existing fleet of three Airbus A330 aircraft.

He also said there had been no change in bmi's ownership structure and that relations were cordial with major shareholder Lufthansa .

Bishop owns 50 percent plus one share of bmi, while Germany's Lufthansa has 30 percent minus one share and Scandinavia's SAS owns 20 percent.

British newspapers said in January Lufthansa had approached other airlines about selling its stake. Bishop has the right to exercise a put option, which could force Lufthansa to buy his stake in bmi.
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Stansted runway setback for BAA
Dominic O'Connell
15 May 2005
The Sunday Times

THE airport operator BAA has suffered a setback in its plans for a second runway at Stansted, Essex, with the regulator saying it will look again at how much the company is allowed to spend on preparatory work, writes Dominic O'Connell.

BAA was given the green light to spend Pounds 105m on planning for the runway, with half of this sum earmarked to buy affected houses. But earlier this year the Civil Aviation Authority, which regulates BAA's spending, said it had withdrawn its approval.

Now the watchdog has decided it will hold a new consultation process, which could take six months. The CAA said it wanted to "avoid the risk that it has not properly captured the views of all interested parties".

The move is a victory for airlines at Stansted, which say BAA's plans for a new runway and terminal are too expensive and will drive up charges.

BAA said that it was committed to the spending. The company will report its full-year results on Tuesday, when it is expected to reveal that profits at Stansted have risen from Pounds 39m to about Pounds 55m.
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Sir Michael Bishop, Chairman, bmi, at a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. — Paul Noronha

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BAA: Runway May Face More Delays Without Other Rev
18 May 2005

(This updates an item timed around 1138 GMT with reaction from airlines.)

LONDON (Dow Jones)--BAA PLC (BAA.LN) said Wednesday that a second runway at Stansted can't be built within the U.K. government's envisaged timeframe and warned that a further delay may occur if the airline industry regulator opposes its preferred way of financing the project.

Due to its complexity and planning issues, BAA said the runway project had moved at a slower pace than originally expected and 2013 is now the earliest completion date. The government's 2003 Air Transport White Paper envisaged that a second runway be built at Stansted in southern England by 2011-2012, followed by a third at London's Heathrow by 2015-2020.

Mike Toms, BAA's planning and regulatory affairs director, said on a conference call that the runway couldn't be built economically by 2013 if it's solely financed by Stansted airport revenue. He said there could be a delay of "several" years beyond 2013 if this was the case. The second runway and all associated developments could ultimately cost about GBP4 billion.

Arguing that the second runway will have economic benefits to southeast England, BAA will lobby the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority,to allow the project to be broadly financed with revenues from Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as Stansted. BAA wants to take about a GBP0.50-GBP1 levy from passengers passing through Heathrow and Gatwick. The regulated average passenger charge at Stansted is now GBP3 but this will rise to about GBP5 in April 2007.

Assuming it can be broadlyfinanced then the runway would be economical to build, added BAA Chief Executive Mike Clasper. "I am very confident we will be building a new runway at Stansted," he said.

But airlines using BAA's airports criticized its proposed methods of financing Stansted's second runway.

"This is totally outrageous and we will fight this proposal tooth and nail," said long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic Airways, which uses both Heathrow and Gatwick. "We remain totally opposed to cross-subsidization between London airports. We look to the independent regulator to maintain its current position that those who should benefit from Stansted should pay for its development."

Virgin Atlantic is owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group (VGN.YY) and Singapore Airways (S55.SG).

In a joint statement, rival low-cost carriers Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY) and easyJet PLC (EZJ.LN) - which operate out of Stansted and Gatwick - said they will call on the CAA to force BAA to scale back its plans for the Stansted expansion.

"Today it (BAA) has added insult to injury with its plans to fleece up to GBP1 from passengers at Heathrow and Gatwick to pay for the development of Stansted," said easyJet Chief Operating Officer Ed Winter.

Ryanair and other carriers have argued that the envisaged development plans for Stansted's expansion are way too ambitious and pricey and will lead to higher airport charges.

BAA is the U.K.'s major airport company, owning Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick, among others.

BAA expects to publish its detailed plan for the second runway in Spring 2006. It has said the runway would only be built if it brings the desired returns for its shareholders.

Additional runway capacity is considered vital by the government as a means of reducing congestion among the main airports serving London. Stansted, to the north of the capital, is a key airport for low-cost carriers.

BAA officials are Wednesday meeting various stakeholders in the second runway. Residents living close to the airport raised a legal challenge to the government's White Paper in an effort to stop the airport's expansion.

In February, the U.K. High Court backed plans to build a second runway at Stansted but ruled that BAA needed to make further consultations on the location of the runway.
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BAA profit soars on high passenger traffic and shopping

LONDON, May 17 (AFP) - British airports operator BAA reported on Tuesday a 36-percent rise in annual pre-tax profits, helped by a record high number of passengers that thronged its shops before boarding planes.

Group pre-tax profit jumped to 733 million pounds (1.065 billion euros, 1.347 billion dollars) in the year ending March 31, 2005 compared with 539 million pounds during the same period a year earlier.

The figure was inflated by an exceptional gain of 112 million pounds from property transactions.

Excluding the exceptional gain, but including reorganisation costs, pre-tax profit rose 18.8 percent to 637 million pounds compared with analysts' consensus forecasts of 618 million.

Across BAA's seven airports, passenger traffic rose 6.3 percent to a record 141.7 million in the 12 months ending March.

Turnover jumped 7.4 percent to 2.115 billion pounds and net retail income climbed 7.3-percent to 588 million pounds.

"Great retail performance, in spite of adverse conditions, smart use and development of assets and improved customer service, all supported by a strong focus on innovation, have driven our operational performance," BAA chief executive Mike Clasper said in a statement accompanying the results.

"We have also delivered an exceptional property related profit of 112 million pounds thanks to our property management and transaction skills."

Clasper said he had confidence that BAA could sustain growth, creating "a robust financial performance for 2005/06".

BAA's share price gained 1.58 percent to 612.5 pence in early afternoon London trading, while the capital's FTSE 100 index of leading shares was flat at 4,883.50 points.

At BAA's London Gatwick airport, annual passenger traffic rose 6.5 percent to 32 million, the first time it had risen above the level seen prior to the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

At Heathrow, passenger traffic grew 5.3 percent to 67.7 million, which BAA said was in large part owing to faster check-in times that gave passengers greater time to buy goods before boarding.

"BAA has commenced the implementation of a significant reorganisation programme designed to ensure the group improves its focus on customers and operational effectiveness and efficiency," the group said Tuesday.
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Stansted subsidy plan angers airlines
By KEVIN DONE
19 May 2005
Financial Times

BAA, the airports group, has warned that the building of a second runway at London Stansted airport would be delayed for at least a year to 2013 and said landing charges would have to be more than doubled to finance the project.

Even 2013 could be achieved only if the project were subsidised by increases in airline user charges at London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, said Mike Clasper, BAA chief executive. Otherwise the Pounds 4bn Stansted project would have to be delayed for "several years", he said.

Airlines using all three of BAA's London airports reacted angrily to the plans for higher landing fees.

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic said: "This is totally outrageous and we will fight this proposal tooth and nail."

Ed Winter, EasyJet chief operating officer and chairman of the Stansted airport consultative committee, said: "BAA has today announced the great consumer rip-off and it should send a shiver down the spine of every airline passenger in the UK. It is planning to build a folly on the grandest scale, that is unnecessary and unwanted."

Virgin Atlantic said: "There is no way our passengers at Heathrow or Gatwick should subsidise those of Ryanair and other operators at Stansted. We remain totally opposed to cross-subsidisation between London airports.

"We look to the independent regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, to maintain its position that those who would benefit from Stansted should pay for its development."

Cross-subsidisation would fly in the face of the principle of "stand-alone" economic regulation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, established by the CAA for the present price cap regime running from 2003-08.

The BAA proposals for higher charges at all three airports to finance the Stansted expansion appear certain to provoke a row this year when the CAA starts negotiations with the airlines and BAA on the next pricing regime for 2008-13.

Delays in the Stansted project would undermine the the government's aviation policy. A white paper published in December 2003 called for the biggest expansion of airport capacity in 50 years.

Alistair Darling, transport secretary, gave strong support for the building of two runways in south-east England, the first at Stansted airport by 2011-12, and the second at Heathrow by 2015-20, provided they could meet tough environmental conditions.

The CAA said two years ago that it would only depart from its policy for stand-alone financing of the London airports for "compelling reasons".

Mr Clasper yesterday fired the first shots in the airport group's campaign to convince the regulator that some cross-subsidisation was vital in the interests both of the national economy and the consumer.
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Pure dead brilliant: but would you be dying to fly from this airport?
Prestwick launches new image with an old saying

MARTYN McLAUGHLIN
19 May 2005
The Herald

ITis a gallus move that could transport a famous snippet of Glesga patter as far afield as the streets of Paris, Rome and Milan. But time will tell if associating death with air travel was wise.

Glasgow Prestwick airport will today unveil its new slogan which will greet arrivals to the country and adorn its worldwide marketing campaigns and website.

Management at the Ayrshire hub say the adoption of the colourful phrase "Pure Dead Brilliant" marks an attempt to inject the humour and fun back into international air travel in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The slogan, uttered into posterity by Elaine C Smith in City Lights, the 1980s comedy series, has been greeted with bemusement by marketing analysts and holidaymakers alike.

The phrase already features prominently throughout the airport building itself following the completion of a pounds-3m renovation which will be officially unveiled this afternoon.

Outside, it is emblazoned in bold lettering above the main concourse and stamped on flags and signage; the interior, now a riot of lush purple, boasts four billboards above the check-in desks, each carrying the phrase and an aspirational portrait of Scottish life.

The incorporation of the Glasgwegian saying into the airport's revamped image is the brainchild of Cato Partners, a NewZealand-based marketing firm.

Approving of the idea, management at Prestwick asked its 400-strong staff to volunteer for publicity shots, eventually using around 45 people along with some of their children and grandchildren in the imagery.

The billboards above the check-in desks convey the more modern, quirky view that the airport is keen to promote.

Two female staff skip down Buchanan Street, a cluster of boutique bags in hand.

There is even a cheeky nod to a seminal part of Prestwick's own history - the terminal's firefighters, clad in sequin suits, shades and bouffant wigs, pay homage to Elvis Presley's 1960 stopover in Ayrshire on his way home from duty with the US army in Germany.

It is a sardonic approach, and one which management believe will elevate Prestwick from being Glasgow's second airport to a major international player.

Steven Fitzgerald, who became chief executive of Prestwick last November, praised the new slogan as "energetic, humorous and edgy."

"It's meant to be humorous, " he explained. "September 11 completely changed air travel and this is a way of putting the fun back. The word 'pure' represents the Scottish landscape, while 'dead brilliant' is what we intend to be to our customers.

"PIK (the previous brand identity) was OK but it wasn't doing anything for the airport's image. Most airports over the world have fairly conservative brandings and this gives us an edge."

Despite the strong west of Scotland associations of the slogan, Mr Fitzgerald believes the notion of fun and vibrancy will transcend language barriers.

A spokesman for VisitScotland offered a pragmatic view, praising the "catchy" and "strong Scottish flavour" of the fresh image. He added: "Like any new brand campaign, it will take time to settle in, but I'm sure the airport will have a public relations drive in mind to explain the rationale behind it.

"If there is any confusion overwhat it means, I'm sure the airport will be smart enough to let international travellers know what it means, and I think it will catch on."

But not everyone shares the optimism. Andrew Jones, an advertising expert at Cloudline Consulting, a Stirling-based marketing agency, said the phrase belonged to an old Glasgow.

He said: "It's 15 years out of date and doesn't do the airport justice. It gives the airport a personality and from a public relations point of view, any publicity's good publicity. But it's very Glasgow. It's been used as a marketing slogan several times before, including at Radio Clyde in the late 1980s."

Dr Jim Scobbie, from the Speech Science Research Centre at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University College, suggested the phrase could prove as much of a curse as it does a blessing.

He said: "It's interesting how the Scottish language travels throughout the world.

"It shows confidence which is good, it's a local identifier that's unique and understandable."

However, he added: "I'm not sure what some people will make of the word 'dead' in an airport building, and there'll no doubt be a few people in Ayrshire upset that Robert Burns's words weren't used instead."
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Terminal to relieve passenger chaos at Heathrow airport
20 May 2005
The Australian

SOME 30km west of London the largest current building project in Europe is half complete, on budget, on time and preparing to ease the lives of the travelling public.

Heathrow Terminal 5 will be British Airways' gateway to the world, a single complex offering all its customers a straightforward path to and from their aircraft instead of the confusing routes in existing Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

It will also spare connecting passengers the headaches of changing terminals.

BA hopes the new terminal will enable Heathrow to challenge Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle -- airports that have been successful in siphoning UK interline traffic away from London with their quicker connections.

Most of BA's Oneworld partners are also likely to use the terminal and pick up extra business.

The terminal will increase Heathrow's capacity to 90 million passengers a year, compared with the 72 million who passed through the world's busiest international airport last year.

Passengers will still have to wait until the northern spring of 2008 to use it -- but that is a short time compared with the 20 years of political and planning wrangles that preceded its construction.

Heathrow will get a properly integrated railway station, with six platforms under the terminal: two for the Piccadilly Line, two for the Heathrow Express to Paddington and a pair to safeguard capacity for future rail links to the west.

While those who use the M25 ring road may curse the current problems caused by road-widening work, access to T5 should be easy, with no narrow tunnel to pass through or long drive, such as that from the motorway system to Terminal 4.

Although 4000 car parking places are being provided, the British Airports Authority, which operates the airport, says it expects half the surface journeys to and from T5 to be by public transport.

The journey through the terminal should also be more straightforward for passengers.

After checking in, mostly at self-service machines with e-tickets, they will pass immediately through security. They will also be able to see where they are going so that the route through the terminal will be more intuitive. After trooping off an aircraft, the arrivals hall will be visible, even if some distance away.

Some gates are being designed to accommodate aircraft of the future like the Airbus A380 superjumbo. The terminal itself is jumbo in size, occupying a site the size of Hyde Park, with the main concourse 396m long, 39m tall and 176m wide.

There are two terminals under construction, the main building plus satellite B connected by an underground people mover.

Much of the below-ground work is also being constructed for satellite C, expected to come on stream in 2112. A further satellite, D, is also earmarked for future development.

Another benefit for British Airways is a consolidated baggage system which will not only handle items within T5 but those from the four other Heathrow terminals and those transferred from Gatwick.

To assist in the management of different bag routeings a computerised itinerary is developed for each item, which is controlled throughout its journey to the aircraft, including details of flight delays.

French group Accor has won the race to operate the new flagship hotel at T5 under its Sofitel brand. The five-star property, connected by walkways to the terminal, will also open in the spring of 2008 and will be the icing on the cake.
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 09:48 PM   #114
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Monkey,

so here it is..Jet Airways(A340-313X) in LHR
picture date:23 May

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=477587


thanks to Planemad for finding the pic

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Stansted plan 'rip-off'
21 May 2005
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EasyJet and Ryanair have criticised the British Airport Authority's (BAA) pounds 4 billion expansion plans at Stansted airport, calling it a "great consumer rip-off''. Despite acceptinh the need for a new terminal and runway, the low-cost airlines this week said passenger service charges will nearly treble to pounds 8 by 2008 to pay for the redevelopment. They claim that passengers at Gatwick and Heathrow will also have to pay an extra pounds 1 per flight. The airlines, which account for 80 per cent of the airport's passengers, believe BAA is planning to turn Stansted into a long-haul airport capable of taking the A380.
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British Carrier in Bid for Irish Routes
By TOM GILLESPIE
22 May 2005
The Sunday Mirror

A BRITISH airline wants to take over Ireland"s heavily subsidised internal air routes.

Birmingham-based bmi has submitted a bid to the Department of Transport to take over three of the country"s "public service" routes.

The routes are Kerry-Dublin, Knock-Dublin - both operated by Aer Arann - and Derry-Dublin - operated by Logan Air.

If bmi wins the bid, the contract - worth millions in subsidies - will commence on July 22 for a period of 3 years.

The airline plans to use two aircraft to operate the schedule. Kerry-Dublin will have three daily return flights, Derry-Dublin will have two return flights and Knock-Dublin will have one flight a day.

They may also operate a direct Kerry-London Heathrow service daily.

bmi regional boss Crawford Rix said: "bmi already has a strong presence in the Irish market, through our successful Dublin-London Heathrow service and our Cork-Leeds Bradford route.

"If successful, we would expand our regional service offering."
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The terminal will increase Heathrow's capacity to 90 million passengers a year, compared with the 72 million who passed through the world's busiest international airport last year.

I didn't know Heathrow had reached 72 million!
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Preliminary statistics from ACI for 2004 point to over 67 million passengers using Heathrow for the year.
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Pro-expansion group to intensify Heathrow runway conflict
By KEVIN DONE
23 May 2005
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The conflict over long-term plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, already the world's busiest international airport, will intensify today with the launch of a pro-expansion lobby group, Future Heathrow.

The campaign is to be led by Clive Soley, the former west London Labour MP and a former chairman of the parliamentary Labour party, who stepped down at the general election and was awarded a peerage a few days later.

Its launch follows doubts last week over the economic case for building a second runway at London Stansted airport: the government's favoured first move for expanding airport capacity in the highly congested south-east of England.

The lobby group has been formed by UK and foreign airlines operating at Heathrow including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and BMI British Midland, and business and labour groups including the CBI, the London Chamber of Commerce, three leading trades unions - Amicus, the GMB and the TGWU - as well as the TUC.

The Future Heathrow initiative was attacked yesterday by environmental and local residents groups, which disputed that without a third runway and a sixth terminal the future of the airport was threatened by continental European hubs led by Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt.

The government white paper on aviation policy, published in December 2003, called for the building of a third runway at Heathrow between 2015 and 2020, but only if it could meet tough environmental conditions: in particular one on air quality, which will become mandatory under a European directive that comes into force in 2010.

However, the Heathrow area already fails to meet the 2010 air quality targets; much of the pollution is caused by surface transport using the nearby M25 and M4 motorways.

Richard Dyer of Friends of the Earth said that by leading the campaign, Lord Soley had "abandoned his commitment to a more sustainable aviation policy and the health interests of his former constituents".

"We simply cannot allow any new runways in Europe if we are serious about tackling climate change."
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Bmi scraps business class in no-frills landing at Heathrow
By Michael Harrison
24 May 2005
The Independent

The country"s second-biggest full-service airline, bmi, confirmed yesterday it is to scrap business class seats on flights from Heathrow and turn the service partially into a low-cost operation.

The dramatic move is designed to stem continued losses on bmi"s short- haul European services and lure passengers away from established low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet.

Fares on 80 per cent of bmi"s scheduled services from Heathrow will start at �25 one-way but at the same time passengers will be charged for food and drink. This is the first time any Heathrow-based airline has offered a no-frills service.

The overhaul will be introduced in August and although bmi will revert to single class cabins, it will still offer three different fares on flights from Heathrow " "tiny", standard and premium " depending on the degree of flexibility and service passengers want. Those wanting the cheapest fares will have to book online. Those prepared to pay premium fares will be able to change their flight times at short notice, sit at the front of the aircraft and have access to bmi"s business class lounges.

The changes will affect 16 of the 20 routes bmi operates from Heathrow. The four which will continue to offer a traditional business class service will be Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Brussels.

Nigel Turner, bmi"s chief executive, said at least 20 per cent of seats would be available at the new cut-price fares although the exact percentage would vary from flight to flight. He said the changes would produce savings of more than �30m a year but declined to say how many job cuts this would result in among the 3,000-strong workforce.

Rival airline executives said bmi"s new strategy could prove confusing for passengers who were not certain whether they were booking with a low- cost carrier or a full-service airline. But Mr Turner responded that the new approach would give choice and control back to passengers. The overhaul follows a six-month review by bmi which involved canvassing the views of 10,000 passengers.

Bmi has offered business class on flights from Heathrow for the past decade. Mr Turner said, however, that even though more than half of bmi"s passengers travelled on business, the vast majority flew in economy class seats. Bmi hopes the change will get the number of passengers booking on the internet up from 33 per cent to above 50 per cent. Online booking rates for its low-cost subsidiary, bmibaby, are more than 90 per cent.
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