The warmth of a welcome home has been captured in a new Channel 4 television programme ‘Arrivals’, filmed exclusively at Heathrow. The one-hour programme, narrated by Julie Walters, is a refreshingly warm and intimate insight into the lives of some of the thousands of people travelling across the world as they pass through the arrivals halls of Heathrow’s four terminals.
Flybe it is heading to London Heathrow for the first time next year to connect the UK’s largest international airport with Scotland, offering a choice of more than 40 scheduled flights a week from Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The new routes complement Flybe’s well-established London City flights from the two Scottish airports.
The expansion of Heathrow has emerged as a bright spot for Parliament – with 74 per cent of MPs now saying they back a third runway at Britain’s hub airport, a record level for the project. MPs ranked an expanded Heathrow as one of Britain’s top infrastructure projects – providing the most long-term benefit to the economy and benefitting all the regions of the UK.
Heathrow is to commence the preparation of a planning application to expand the airport with a new runway. The application is intended to be formally submitted in 2019, after the government has designated the National Policy Statement.
Heathrow welcomed a record 5.72 million passengers in November, up 2.5 per cent on last year, alongside a 4.4 per cent growth in cargo volumes. At the same time, London Stansted recorded its busiest ever November as over 1.7 million passengers passed through the terminal during the month, an increase of 2.3 per cent over the same month last year.
Seven companies have been contracted by Heathrow to design plans for the airport’s sustainable expansion. The group – Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod – will now be known as the Integrated Design Team. The seven were chosen because of their experience in delivering projects of similar size, breadth and importance as an expanded Heathrow.
The Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK government the decision to allow expansion at Heathrow Airport must be consistent with the commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from aviation are a relatively small but increasingly important source of UK greenhouse gas emissions - making up six per cent of total emissions in 2014.
For the first time, Heathrow is launching a video campaign at Christmas celebrating ‘the best gift of all’. The film reminds us that coming home for Christmas is better than any other gift you can give at this special time of year. The ad follows two much-loved and ageing teddy bears as they land at Heathrow.
Javier Echave has been confirmed in the role of chief financial officer with immediate effect, having acted in the role on an interim basis. Echave is a highly experienced finance director having held senior roles in the UK and Europe, ranging from strategic corporate finance, planning, investment appraisal and financing.
Oman Air has confirmed both of its daily Muscat to London flights will move to Terminal 4 at London Heathrow Airport from January 31st, 2017. Currently the twice daily Oman Air flights operate from Terminals 3 and 4; the presence at just one terminal at one of the world’s busiest airports will further streamline the customer journey on one of Oman Air’s flagship routes.
Qatar Airways’ first daily regularly-scheduled Airbus A350 service to London Heathrow arrived in the United Kingdom earlier, as the airline introduced the state-of-the-art aircraft on the route. The aircraft joins the airline’s Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft currently operating the route.