Growth at its Scottish properties saw BAA record its best June on record last month, according to the latest statistics from the airport operator. Heathrow also saw its busiest June on record, with 6.1 million passengers travelling through the airport last month, 6.3 per cent above the previous year.
British prime minister David Cameron has joined the chorus of criticism over industrial action that is expected to bring the UK to a standstill on Thursday. He told the Commons there was no case for strikes, as government plans were “fair to taxpayers” and the public sector.
London Heathrow welcomed over 68 million passengers in the past 12 months, making it the busiest year in the airport’s history. The achievement crowned a strong period for airport operator BAA, which recorded a total of 9.3 million passengers in May.
Just a few short months ago London Heathrow Airport was in disarray, with thousands of passengers camped out on terminal floors amid some of the worst snow disruption ever seen at a UK airport. But, with the arrival of spring, fortunes at the airport have been reversed, with the BAA operated property handling 5.8 million passengers in April – the highest figure ever recorded.
Heathrow Airport is looking at using geothermal heating to combat its runways from freezing in winter. The British Airports Authority said the underground heating technology could prevent a repeat of last December, when the airport had to be closed for five days and 4,000 flights cancelled due to ice on the runways.
SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions, today announced that it has joined the consortium led by Capgemini UK plc to provide core IT services to all six BAA-owned UK airports including London Heathrow
BAA Airports report continued growth with Heathrow traffic up 2.3%
Airport operator BAA will be forced to sell London Stansted and one of its Scottish properties following a further decision by the Competition Commission. “No material changes” were founded in circumstances since the commission published its final report on BAA in March 2009, prompting the government body to reject appeals against its decision.
The Competition Commission watchdog will force BAA to press ahead with the sale of Stansted and one of its Scottish Airports, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
BAA has said it will invest up to £50 million to prevent a repeat of the snow chaos which disrupted thousands of passengers at Heathrow in the build up to Christmas 2010. The announcement follows the publication of the Begg Winter Resiliance Report, which was launched in the aftermath of the incident.
Heathrow is investing hundreds of millions of pounds in IT to share real time information, better respond to crises and offer improved services to passengers and airlines.
Police have closed Edinburgh Airport as an “on-going incident” disrupts operations at the BAA operated property. A suspicious package has been located, with authorities cordoning off the main terminal and approach roads.