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Heathrow set to welcome record passenger numbers as busy Olympic arrivals period starts

Airport news  •  16 July 2012  •  Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is expected to set a new record for passenger numbers...

An Olympic effort

Issue 2 2012  •  29 March 2012  •  Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

London will be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games this summer, an event that will have the eyes of the world focused on England’s capital city. For many, Heathrow Airport will be the gate to the event with spectators and athletes passing through one of the world’s busiest airports. Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor at International Airport Review spoke to Nick Cole, Head of Olympic and Paralympic Planning and Operations at BAA, about the challenges that such an influx of passengers will cause at Heathrow.Mark Glover: What affect are you expecting on the games will have and how are you prepared for these?Nick Cole: I see it as two major issues to deal with; the quantity of passengers and the quantity of bags. The 13th of August 2012 will be a major day for us as it will be the busiest day for departures after the closing ceremony. Our busiest day to date at Heathrow was when 123,000 passengers departed from the airport in one day. On the 13th, we expect to process 137,000. Heathrow is a hub airport so it is geared at 65 per cent take-up through the ‘front door’ of the airport and 35 per cent through the ‘side door’. On the 13th, the dynamic changes tremendously and we will be expecting 87 per cent of passenger intake through the ‘front door’, which will certainly strain our assets.


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