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Old January 24th, 2012, 04:32 PM   #141
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Qatar Air Opens Heathrow Lounge as It Plans to Increase Flights

Qatar Airways Ltd. will open a business and first-class passenger lounge at Heathrow airport this week, the first such facility outside its home market, as it prepares for growth at the London hub.

The carrier will increase Doha-Heathrow flights to five a day from four at present starting March 25, it said in an e- mailed statement today. The new lounge, to feature shower facilities and offer five-star services, will help the airline serve premium travellers on one of its busiest routes, it said.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #143
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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #144
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Heathrow announces plans for Olympic Games terminal

Heathrow airport has announced the design of a special Games terminal that will be dedicated to handling athletes departing from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

The building will be the departure point for some 10,100 competitors and will help the London hub handle a substantial increase in luggage and passengers on the day after the closing ceremony.

Airport operator BAA is expecting 13 August 2012 to be the busiest day in Heathrow's history, with the number of bags set to be 35% higher than on a normal day.

Initiatives planned to deal with the busy period include offering check-in and baggage collection at the Olympic and Paralympic Village and training 1,000 volunteers to meet and greet people arriving for the Games.

Nick Cole, head of Olympic and Paralympic planning at Heathrow, said the sporting event will represent a 'unique operational task' and a 'massive challenge'.

He added: 'Every part of the airport is working together to ensure we can give the athletes a warm welcome and ensure all passengers enjoy the atmosphere.'
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Old January 27th, 2012, 12:55 AM   #145
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Do you guys have a render for the new London airport that Sir Forster proposed?
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 07:54 PM   #147
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Old February 8th, 2012, 10:19 PM   #148
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Caribbean Airlines to resume flights to London

Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) has started the planning process to serve London, Gatwick with non-stop flights from Piarco International Airport, along with one-stop services via other Caribbean islands.

On a recent visit to London, led by CAL’s CEO Robert Corbie, the airline’s executives focused on laying the foundation for the start up of its operations. The four-day schedule of stakeholder meetings was held with slot coordinators, airport operations teams, travel agents and other key industry partners.

In a statement from CAL, Corbie said, “We are extremely happy to announce that the slots have been retained at Gatwick Airport London, which is the United Kingdom’s second largest airport and the busiest single runway airport in the world. “Our flights to London will provide a vital economic link which we hope to start mid-June pending the receipt of all regulatory approvals, and we are especially grateful for the support given by the chief commercial officer, Guy Stephenson at Gatwick.” CAL plans to operate the London route with two B767-300ERs with state-of-the-art cabins, which include in-seat power and video and flatbed business class seats.
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Old February 12th, 2012, 10:19 PM   #150
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Iberia moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

The merger of Iberia and British Airways continues to deliver new advantages to the customers of both airlines, with the Spanish flag-carrier set to move to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow. Iberia passengers will depart and arrive at the new facility from March 25th.

The move will substantially improve connections between both airlines’ flight networks. The minimum connection time between Terminal 5 and Terminal 3, currently used by Iberia, is 90 minutes. After the move, it will drop to 60 minutes.

Since the merger between Iberia and British Airways, and the launch of their transatlantic joint business with American Airlines, the Spanish and British airlines have operated many flights under a code share agreement.

The move to Terminal 5 will strengthen these arrangements. Iberia customers will be able to enjoy Terminal 5’s world class facilities, including over 110 shops and restaurants.

At Terminal 5 Iberia passengers will be able to use any of the large number of check-in kiosks or bag drops. Business Class passengers will benefit from special check-in areas and fast-track security control procedures.

Iberia is using all communications channels to inform customers and travel agents of the change, including information pillars in Terminal 3.

Terminal 5, British Airways’ hub, opened in 2008 and has contributed to major gains in both punctuality and speed of luggage delivery.

Iberia and British Airways flights have been located together at Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4 since the facility opened in 2006, so from March 25th all Iberia and British Airways flights between their two hubs will leave from the same terminals, giving passengers a much smoother transfer experience between flights.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 12:52 PM   #151
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Luton Airport unveils expansion plans

London Luton Airport has revealed plans to nearly double the amount of passengers it can handle in a bid to ease the capacity constraints in the South East of England.

The plans might not be as bold as building a new transport hub in the Thames Estuary, as proposed in the ‘Boris Island’ scheme, but Luton hopes to raise its capacity by 47 per cent with some subtle changes.

The airport is expected to handle about 9.6 million passengers per annum (mppa) in 2012, which could soar to 18mppa if the modifications and improvements are given the go-ahead.

Carrying out the proposed changes would help Luton make the most of the space available to it within the existing boundaries by getting more out of its runway.

Luton, the fourth biggest airport currently serving London, plans to revamp the aircraft taxiways, aprons, aircraft parking stands and the passenger terminal. The airport’s transport links would also be boosted by an improved road network and a new multi-storey car park.

London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL) is now looking for feedback from the local community during its six-week consultation on the plans. Local residents are welcome to attend a series of public exhibitions which will be held around the region over the next six weeks.

LLAL chancellor Robin Harris said: “Government forecasts show an air travel capacity shortage in the South East of England by 2020 and we believe that London Luton Airport has the ability to help meet this shortage.

“The benefits that will flow from the airport’s development will be realised in the local, regional and national economies.

“We are committed to ensure the airport will continue to be a good neighbour and any growth in passenger numbers is managed in a responsible manner. Impacts on the environment, noise and road traffic flows will be fully evaluated as part of the process to ensure the airport’s development continues to be as sustainable as it has always been.”

Further expansion plans which could boost the airport’s capacity to 30mppa are also being considered by LLAL, but these are not included in the consultation.

While the expansion plans may be good news for Luton airport, they alone are unlikely to solve the capital’s capacity problems. A report from the Greater London Authority said passenger demand is set to rise from 140 million passengers a year in 2010 to 400 million a year by 2050.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #152
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Record January for London Heathrow

Passenger numbers at London Heathrow reached a record 5.2m in January - marking a 2.3% rise on the previous year - airport operator BAA has announced.

Above-average increases were recorded in the number of people catching flights to destinations in Europe (4.6%) and the north Atlantic (5.4%).

However, passenger traffic to China, including Hong Kong, fell by 0.7% year-on-year in January following overall growth of 3% throughout 2011.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said Heathrow's statistics for travel to the Asian nation are in 'marked contrast' to the strong annual growth rates at European hubs such as Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, highlighting the need for additional capacity at the London hub.

He commented: 'BAA airports have demonstrated resilience in the current weak economic environment. However, Heathrow's capacity crunch is harming UK growth.'

The company's six UK bases - Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen - served a total of 7.5m passengers in January 2012, 0.5% more than in the same month last year.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:04 PM   #153
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Old February 20th, 2012, 04:36 PM   #154
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Sorry to disrupt the chain of informative posts with a question, but does anyone know of any potential plans to increase the runway length at LCY to allow it to cater to bigger aircraft, or is that never going to happen?
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Old February 21st, 2012, 01:01 AM   #155
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I am aware that there were plans for LCY to extend the apron and terminal further east in a number of phases that ultimately result in a parallel taxiway to the runway leading to more efficient operation and increasing capacity. However I an not aware of plans to increase the runway length.
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I am aware that there were plans for LCY to extend the apron and terminal further east in a number of phases that ultimately result in a parallel taxiway to the runway leading to more efficient operation and increasing capacity. However I an not aware of plans to increase the runway length.
There have been some improvement works to the LCY terminal with the addition of new gates, however I was curious as to why the runway is not being lengthened to allow bigger aircraft access to the airport. Now that would be an exciting development.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #157
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Heathrow gets key route to China

China Southern Airlines will begin flying between London Heathrow and Guangzhou on 6 June, after eight years of talks. The new route, which will operate three times a week from Terminal 4, will be the first between the UK and Guangzhou, China’s third largest city.

The airline had to wait several years for suitable take-off and landing slots to become available from other airlines because Heathrow is full, operating at 99.2% of its permitted capacity. "The UK has missed out on trade, jobs and economic growth because of the Government’s cap on flights at the UK’s only hub," said Heathrow operator BAA.

"In the meantime the airline has flown to Paris, giving French companies an eight-year head start in building new trade links with China. Even now, Paris will have four times as many flights to Guangzhou than the UK."

Meanwhile, Paris and other European hubs have also been busy strengthening links with key Chinese cities. "Other airlines from major emerging economies would like to add new routes at Heathrow, but are unable to do so because of a lack of take-off and landing slots," said BAA.

It pointed to a recent report by Frontier Economics which claims there are 21 emerging market destinations with daily flights from Continental European hubs but not from Heathrow, estimated to be costing the UK economy £1.2bn a year in lost trade.

BAA CEO Colin Matthews added: "The centre of gravity in the world economy is shifting and Britain should be forging new links with economies like China. Instead a lack of hub airport capacity is causing us to fall further behind the rest of Europe."
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Delta to offer more Heathrow to Atlanta flights

Delta Air Lines will boost access to the southern United States from London Heathrow this year with the launch of more flights to Atlanta from the airport.

Two daily services to the American city will be available from Heathrow from 18 April 2012.However, the increase in frequency will come at the expense of Delta's route from Gatwick to Atlanta, which will be suspended this spring.

The second daily flight from Heathrow will be operated by Boeing 767-400 long-range aircraft with a business class cabin featuring 39 fully flat seats.

Perry Cantarutti, the airline's senior vice president in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: 'A second daily flight from Heathrow means our customers travelling to or through Atlanta will have increased choice, with over 150 convenient connections to the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.'

The change in Delta's operations out of London will precede the opening of a new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.
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Heathrow Airport’s new £2.5bn Terminal 2 moves step closer

Completion of major structural work at Heathrow’s new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 will be marked with a topping-out ceremony at the London airport today.

The new terminal, which will be capable of handling 20 million passengers a year, is part of a £4.3bin package of work. To minimise disruption to passengers, construction of T2 is taking place in two phases. The first phase, to open in 2014, sees the creation of the main terminal on the site of the old Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building.

It also involves the construction of a satellite terminal with additional aircraft parking stands and passenger gates called Terminal 2B. The second phase will extend the main Terminal 2 building northwards onto the existing Terminal 1 site.

This phase, which will also include the construction of a second satellite building, T2C, will increase the capacity of Terminal 2 from 20 million passengers a year to 30 million passengers a year.

Opened in 1955, the old T2 shut in 2009 and was demolished in 2010. It was Heathrow’s first terminal, originally called the Europe Building. Originally designed to deal with 1.2 million passengers a year, it was dealing with eight million annually when it closed.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of Heathrow’s operator BAA, said: “Terminal 5 (at Heathrow) set a new standard for airport terminals. The completion of structural work on Terminal 2 puts us within touching distance of a future where Heathrow has some of the best passenger facilities in Europe.

“There’s a lot still to do, but the opening of Terminal 2 could move Heathrow into pole position among European hub airports and allow us to set our sights on elite airports such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Incheon in Seoul (South Korea)”

Transport secretary Justine Greening said: “For tens of millions of people each year Heathrow is their first impression of the UK, which is why it is so important that it is a positive one. We have been clear that we want to improve the experience of those travelling through our airports, and this new terminal will do just that.

“This is also a success story for the country’s construction industry, with British-made steel, electronics and engineering responsible for a state-of-the-art facility.”
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Ministers dared to rethink on Heathrow

The head of International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways, has challenged ministers to have the “political balls” to reconsider the case for allowing a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Willie Walsh said the government should be willing to review its opposition to Heathrow’s expansion because a third runway offered the quickest solution to the UK’s hub capacity crunch. He also told the Financial Times that the UK needed a four-runway hub airport in the long term, and acknowledged suburban Heathrow was unlikely to be the location.

BA is the biggest airline at Heathrow, which serves as its main hub. The airport’s capacity constraints are putting it at a competitive disadvantage compared with hub airports in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.

“I’ll bet you that in 2050, BA will be flying from a two-runway airport at Heathrow,” said Mr Walsh. “It is not that I lack ambition. It is that the people who we need to address these issues lack ambition, and lack the balls to take tough decisions in the interests of the long-term economic development of the UK.”

Heathrow is operating at full capacity, and BAA, the airport’s owner, has claimed the constraints mean the UK could miss out on trade worth at least £14bn over the next decade.

In March, the Department for Transport is expected to publish a policy paper that will seek views on how to preserve the UK’s status of having a globally significant hub airport.

Regulators have expressed concerns about the financial and safety impacts of building a four-runway Thames estuary airport and other infrastructure, at a total cost of £50bn – as proposed by Lord Foster, the architect.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, the industry regulator, said Lord Foster’s plan for a new Thames estuary airport, a high-speed rail link, and other infrastructure improvements in the south-east of England may not be viable without some form of state subsidy.

Mr Haines said there was a risk of airlines facing unacceptably large increases in landing charges at the proposed airport in the absence of state support.

Richard Deakin, chief executive of National Air Traffic Services, which is responsible for air traffic control, expressed concern at the risk of aircraft taking off from a Thames estuary airport clashing with Heathrow’s airspace. He said Heathrow might have to close in such circumstances, but added that the government should alternatively consider expanding Gatwick or Stansted airports.
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