Posts Tagged ‘ Heathrow Airport ’

Protecting Heathrow’s passengers

Oct 29th, 2017 | By

This morning the Sunday Mirror carried a story of the discovery by an unemployed man of a USB stick containing documents about Heathrow’s security may be alarming for passengers.



Completely gutless

Dec 11th, 2015 | By

Those were the words used by John Longworth of the British Chambers of Commerce to describe the government’s decision to put off making a decision on additional airport capacity in the south east of England.



What’s hot: November 2014

Nov 1st, 2014 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world right now



Saturday snippets: 18th October 2014

Oct 18th, 2014 | By
Helen Grant

Our tourism minister admits cutting APD has helped, airports get sold and a rail link is suggested to Leeds-Bradford. A busy week for Adrian’s temper but quelled with Maine lobster and a pyjama parade!



What’s hot: August 2014

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month it’s good news for Turkey and anyone planning a trip to the Big Apple but Oxford Street should be avoided



Walsh in blinkers

May 26th, 2014 | By

He says we will be making a mistake if we don’t let Heathrow expand and thinks a second runway will be built at Gatwick as there is less political fallout. But it is obvious that Heathrow is still the apple of his eye.



Which is the noisiest?

Nov 7th, 2013 | By

The report published yesterday by Heathrow Airport into which are the noisiest planes is useful not just for those living near that airport but at any airport because it gives a guide as to which planes might or should be given landing rights.



More airport capacity

May 2nd, 2013 | By

Readers living outside London and the south east of England can turn away now for the debate on whether there is enough airport capacity in the south east has taken another turn.



Heathrow horror

Jan 22nd, 2013 | By

Thousands of exhausted passengers were forced to sleep on the floor at Heathrow airport over the weekend, when over 100 flights were cancelled due to a few centimetres of snow



Avoiding a catastrophic situation

Oct 18th, 2012 | By

Yesterday the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, said that the government needed to look at Heathrow’s capacity or there would be a ‘catastrophic situation.’ It was a necessity he said.



Normand Boivin on flying next Wednesday

Nov 25th, 2011 | By

Like Private Frazer in Dad’s Army, “We’re all doomed, doomed I tell ye,” if you believe some of the media reports concerning air and sea travel during the public sector unions strike next Wednesday, November 30th.



Heathrow pays a heavy penalty for queues

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

Heathrow airport has been ordered to pay a £500,000 penalty after an investigation revealed passenger queuing times at security checkpoints were longer than the London airport previously reported.



The Future for BAA

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By

This morning BAA announced its financial results for 2010. It made a loss but the chief executive calls this “robust” and confidently expects to present a “strong increase in profits” this year.
Now let’s get down to the important stuff. How is BAA going to treat its passengers in the future?



Heathrow and British Food

Aug 25th, 2010 | By

A while ago I wrote complaining about the food at Heathrow. (see CD-Traveller December 2nd 2008) You could go to an Irish pub, have Italian food but where was British food? Even in the pub, there were things that only Americans might revere as being British food. As the first sight of something British when visitors come and see us, you would hope that the food at least could be something more than the standard meals that you can find almost wherever you are in the world.
Well, that is about to change for starting August 26th



What do you do about a problem called Heathrow?

Mar 7th, 2010 | By

Does anybody like Heathrow? Not the people who live around it. Not many of the people who fly from it. But after half a century it is still there. Surrounded by houses and sprawling industrial estates wrapped, around by motorways and dual carriageways, Heathrow seems always to be straining to get out if its little straightjacket of land.
I confess I don’t like it. As a regular user, it can be still confusing to me. You take endless walkways to get anywhere whether it to be to get out or to get to your plane’s gate. It seems overcrowded in the older terminals and in the sky. I won’t even begin to contemplate how long I have spent being stacked in the air because there are trying to cram so many landings and take-offs into what seems a pint pot when they need a quart or even a gallon.



Flights of fancy

Feb 12th, 2010 | By

There’s one thing you can guarantee in the wake of the attempted plane bombing above Detroit in December: we’re all going to spend a lot longer at airports. CD Traveller profiles the capital’s four main airports to see how they measure up



Heathrow’s Literary Festival

Aug 20th, 2009 | By

We have the Hay-on-Wye, the Cheltenham and, at present, the literary side of the Edinburgh Festival but Heathrow? I exaggerate slightly because there is no festival but they do have a writer in residence. For this week only, as the old cinema posters used to say, Alain de Botton will be at Heathrow writing a book. This book will supposedly be called A Week at the Airport so it does seem apt.



A Third Runway for Heathrow?

Jan 16th, 2009 | By

Geoff Hoon, the transport secretary has announced that Heathrow will get a third runway. Building should start in 2015 and be complete by 2019. there have been news reports that the government will speed up the planning process so that this runway might be ready in 2015 but that surely is on the understanding that any legal challenges can be dealt with quickly and the words “quickly” and “our legal system” don’t seem to go together. So is this going to happen?Both the Conservatives and
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