Guide puppies in training at Heathrow

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Published 26th August 2015

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WARNING! Cute alert! Heathrow has welcomed a number of Guide Dog puppies in training today to Terminal 5. Guide Dogs in training are quite often seen at the airport as it provides great exposure to the busy crowds they must get used to.

On average, 70,000 to 90,000 passengers requiring special assistance travel through Heathrow per month and each day the teams strive to build on the legacy left by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During this time, Heathrow worked with a range of charities to better understand how to help passengers with reduced mobility – including Guide Dogs.

The improvements included clearer way finding signs, more signage in Braille to improved staff training to help meet each individual need.

Guide Dogs breed and train the dogs who will be matched to their visually impaired owner and will ultimately spend their working lives with them.

Two volunteers known as ‘puppy walkers’ brought the young dogs to Heathrow, along with another which has just started it’s official 16 week guide dogs training to introduce them to environments rich in sights, sounds and smells.

The puppies walked around the departure forecourt of Terminal 5, regularly being stopped by passengers who wanted to give them a pat before carrying on with their travels. Quince, a nine year old Labrador who is a retired guide dog helped show them the ropes.

Dave Kent, who is blind, brought his dog, Arthur, a Labrador who is almost two years old to show how a fully trained guide dog works.

Dave said:”An airport can be a challenging environment for anybody, if you are blind or vision impaired it can be doubly so. Having airport staff trained and ready to offer assistance in the appropriate manner can make the difference between a journey that is average to one that is both slick and highly supportive. It’s a win-win.”

Rob Harris, Guide Dogs London Engagement Manager said: “Tackling the Tube, busy train stations, packed buses and crowded streets is a challenge for anyone in London. Imagine doing it without sight. Guide dogs allow blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to live, work and commute in London with the same freedom as those of us with sight.”

“It’s fantastic that Heathrow Terminal 5 is opening its arms to our puppy walkers who can make the most of having a busy environment to expose the dogs to, safe in the knowledge that both them and the dog will be looked after. This will contribute to ensuring our guide dogs continue to change lives.”

Mark Hicks, Head of Customer Relations at Heathrow said: “We are delighted to be work with the Guide Dogs For The Blind in our continued effort to make Heathrow more accessible for the 90,000 plus passengers with reduced mobility we assist every month.”

UPDATE (7 Sept): Installation of the second new Instrument Landing System (ILS) began on Sunday 6 September. This is being installed at the Western end of the Southern Runway.

20 Aug,2015: The first of four new Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) has gone live at Heathrow, making it easier for us to land aircraft in adverse weather. Heathrow has four ILS in place, one for each runway in each direction of operation.

The ILS for runway 27 Right (27R) was replaced last week in an operation lasting just over five days and coordinated by Airside, NATS engineering teams, Air Traffic Control, and contractors Morgan Sindall.

The new ILS is based on new navigation technology and known as an “enhanced ILS” or eILS for short. The eILS provides Heathrow the capability to increase the number of aircraft that can land in low visibility giving improved resilience and punctuality.

Airports with CAT III runways can land aircraft in any weather and with zero visibility. At the moment our new eILS on runway 27R is at CAT I status, which means we can land aircraft when visibility and cloud cover is above 200ft but not below. Moving to CAT III takes a period of approximately 3 weeks of operation.

Mark Burgess, Head of Air Traffic Management & Flight Performance, said: “The three remaining ILS will be replaced over the coming 12 months. Replacing them is not an easy task however; as you cannot maintain the required scheduled landing rate at Heathrow whilst the ILS is being replaced.”

“Therefore the decision on when to do the work depends on many factors including the weather, the availability of the highly specialised contractors to carry out the work, and on minimising the impact on local communities.”

Five things about the ILS:

  • The new ILS is the only one of its kind in the UK;

  • There is only one other such system in Europe too, at Zurich Airport;

  • The system is designed and manufactured by Indra;

  • The new ILS is visibly wider than that it replaces;

  • Some 32 aerials have been installed as part of replacing the ILS on 27R.

Flight check

In order to test the new ILS system, a flight check needs to be carried out. This is a CAA requirement following the introduction of a new system.

The checks are carried out by a small/light aircraft that does a number of loops testing the new system. This has to be carried out during the night when there are no other aircraft landing or taking off at Heathrow.

Geek spot – why does Heathrow actually have four runways?

To the naked eye Heathrow has two runways – the northern runway and the southern runway. Technically speaking though, we have four, known as 27 left and 27 right, and 09 left and 09 right.

The runways are named according to global aviation convention and depending on the direction of travel for departing and arriving aircraft. Aircraft need to land and take off into a prevailing wind (this is where the direction of travel point comes in). Our two runways run directly east to west.

The eastern edges of the runways point towards the 90 degree mark of a compass, the western edges directly to the 270 degree mark (with north at zero degrees, and south at 180 degrees).

Heathrow’s “4” runways. Each runway is called a different name depending on what direction the airport is operating on. This direction is determined by the wind, with it being safer for aircraft to land and take-off into the wind.

If you are the pilot of an aircraft and you’re coming into land at Heathrow from the west (imagine you’re on final approach coming over Windsor) then you’re aircraft is pointing towards the east, 90 degrees on the compass in your cockpit. The two runways facing you at Heathrow are now 09 right or 09 left. That’s because, in the naming convention, the final zero is knocked off the compass heading you are facing, so 90 degrees becomes 09.

As a simple rule:

Northern runway – heading to the west is 27R, heading to the east is 09L.

Southern runway – heading to the west is 27L, heading to the east is 09R.

The left or right aspect is simply the runway to the pilot’s left or right. So, an aircraft coming into land on our northern runway, from the west and facing into the east, would be told to land on 09L – the runway faces 90 degrees on the compass, and is on the pilot’s left hand side.

An aircraft taking off to the east, but on the southern runway, would be operating of 09R – facing 90 degrees on the compass, on the pilot’s right hand side.

When aircraft are landing or taking off to the west (which happens approximately 70 per cent of the time here at Heathrow due to the prevailing westerly winds) then the heading becomes 27 left or right.

The pilots are facing 270 degrees on the compass and left or right depending on the direction of travel.

For more information please see our Q & A here.

1              Promoter’s name and address

1.1          The promoter is Heathrow Airport Limited  of The Compass Centre, 1st Floor, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW (“Heathrow”).

2              How to participate

2.1          Entry is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over who Retweet the giveaway tweet on the account @heathrowairport.

2.2          All UK residents are entitled to a free and unlimited route to entry by writing to Travel Services, Heathrow Airport Limited, The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 2GW. Entries submitted via this route should include details of the entrant’s name, home address and e-mail address for the purposes of administering the competition.

2.3          Any breach of these terms and conditions by an entrant will void an entry.2.4          Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will void an entry.

3              Start date

3.1          This competition will be open from 20/08/15 and entries received on or after this date will be valid.

4              Closing date

4.1          The closing date for this promotion will be 27/08/14  and any entries received after this date will not be valid.

5              Selection of the winner

5.1          The winner of the competition will be the first entrant randomly selected from all entries correctly submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions.

5.2          The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into by Heathrow.

6              Prize

6.1          There will be 1 prize of a framed Ealing Studios Out of the Clouds Poster Reproduction.

6.2          The Heathrow prize is not transferable and no cash alternative is available.

7              Restrictions and requirements

7.1          The competition is not open to any Heathrow employees.

7.2          The competition is not open to any companies, agencies or family members of employees directly connected with the creation or administration of this promotion.

7.3          The winner may be required to take part in publicity resulting from this competition.

8              Notification of the winner

8.1          The winner will be notified by email within fourteen (14) days of the closing date. If the prize is unclaimed by the initial winner drawn within twenty-eight (28) days, there will be no further draw, and Heathrow’s decision regarding selection of the winner is final and there will be no further correspondence entered into.

9              Personal data

9.1          Any personal data provided by an entrant will remain confidential to Heathrow and will not be disclosed to any third party without the entrant’s prior consent, except that Heathrow reserves the right to use the information for the purposes of facilitating the competition including but not limited to publishing the name of the winner on its website, as well as providing the prize winner’s details to third parties for the purposes of administering the competition including but not limited to the actual providers of the prize.

9.2          All personal data provided by an entrant will be used by Heathrow solely for the purposes of administering the competition and will be securely destroyed within 120 days of the closing date, unless the entrant has elected to receive further promotional or marketing information.

10           General

10.1        Heathrow reserves the right to cancel, modify or supersede the competition at any time if, in Heathrow’s sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified.

10.2        These terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

In Heathrow’s latest bid to drive growth in the UK’s great cities and regions, new advertisements featuring Leeds City Region go live across all the terminals at the UK’s only hub.

The six-week partnership with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is part of a year-long campaign seeking to drive foreign direct investment across all of the UK. It is a unique opportunity for Leeds to showcase why it is open for business and a great place to invest, work and live to the airport’s 22 million annual business travellers.

The Leeds City Region advertisements at Heathrow highlight the benefits the region offers to businesses, including its strength as the UK’s largest manufacturing centre and position as the largest financial centre outside London.

Serving more than 180 global destinations, Heathrow connects to Leeds Bradford Airport with 3 daily services transporting over 141,000 passengers annually between Yorkshire and the UK’s only hub.

“As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow is our front door for global investors. I hope that by encouraging them to visit and invest in Leeds, we can help to grow businesses and create jobs in the region.” – Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye

Chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Roger Marsh OBE said:

“Leeds City Region is the UK’s largest economic centre outside London with the ambition to become the growth engine of the North, for the benefit of the nation.Attracting substantial new investment and developing trade links with markets worldwide is central to our plans so I’m pleased that Heathrow and the government are backing our region through this campaign.

As an important gateway globally for business, trade and tourism, Heathrow plays a key role in supporting our region’s prosperity and I welcome this opportunity to showcase our strengths to the millions of people who pass through the airport every week.”

Heathrow has today released a new video showing how an improved, 14 lane, M25 could look with Heathrow expansion.

A third runway at Heathrow provides an opportunity to improve one of the most congested sections of the M25. Our proposals will require a new, tunnelled section. The tunnel will be constructed alongside the existing route and minimise disruption to existing users of the motorway.

Once built, new collector/distributor roads will run parallel to the motorway which will segregate airport and local traffic from the main carriageway, adding capacity to the M25. Separating traffic will reduce the weaving of cars from lane to lane and smooth the traffic flow for non-airport M25 traffic.

Having listened to public feedback, we have also revised our proposals to avoid changes to the M25/M4 interchange.

Our outline proposals for the M25 and M25/M4 junction, depicted in the video, were created in in consultation with the Highways Agency and the Agency has provided further information on background traffic forecasts.

Better public transport

Major new public transport schemes are already committed for Heathrow. Crossrail (2019), Western Rail Access (2021) and High Speed Rail Phase 1 (2026) (see how your rail journey time will improve here) will make it easier for people to travel to or from Heathrow.

Southern Rail Access will ensure Heathrow is served by rail from all points of the compass. Heathrow’s rail capacity will increase from 18 to 40 trains per hour and seat capacity will more than treble from 5,000 to 15,000 seats per hour. No other UK airport will be able to boast this level of rail connectivity.

How will Heathrow continue being the UK’s best connected airport with expansion? A snapshot from the CGI showing the different transport avenues available to passengers.

The coach network will expand beyond the current 540,000 per annum and we will provide better integrated bus and coach stations.

Five different railways, four different motorways, and the UK’s largest bus and coach station will ensure unparalleled transport resilience and choice for passengers travelling to Heathrow compared to other UK airports. Travellers will be able to switch between train, coach, car and plane quickly at Heathrow’s new interchange in one consolidated location.

35 million passengers a year will use public transport in 2030. This will rise to 55% in 2040. Over 50% of our passengers will use public transport in 2030, rising to almost 60% in 2040.

Notes:

Figures used assume Western and Southern Rail Access. All information has been sourced from “Taking Britain Further, Volume 1” available via our dedicated expansion website – heathrowexpansion.com .

 

1 Promoter’s name and address

1.1 The promoter is Heathrow Airport Limited of The Compass Centre, 1st Floor, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW (“Heathrow”).

2 How to participate

2.1 Entry is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over who share the giveaway image, tag @heathrow_airport, and use #AliceInWonderland150.

2.2 All UK residents are entitled to a free and unlimited route to entry by writing to Travel Services, Heathrow Airport Limited, The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 2GW. Entries submitted via this route should include details of the entrant’s name, home address and e-mail address for the purposes of administering the competition.

2.3  Any breach of these terms and conditions by an entrant will void an entry.

2.4 Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will void an entry.

3 Start date3.1 This competition will be open from 17/08/15 and entries received on or after this date will be valid.

4 Closing date

4.1 The closing date for this promotion will be 24/08/15  and any entries received after this date will not be valid.

5 Selection of the winner

5.1 The winner of the competition will be the first entrant randomly selected from all entries correctly submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions.

5.2 The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into by Heathrow.

6 Prize

6.1 There will be 1 prize of a Special Edition Alice in Wonderland Book Designed by Vivienne Westwood.

6.2 The Heathrow prize is not transferable and no cash alternative is available.

7 Restrictions and requirements

7.1 The competition is not open to any Heathrow employees.

7.2 The competition is not open to any companies, agencies or family members of employees directly connected with the creation or administration of this promotion.

7.3 The winner may be required to take part in publicity resulting from this competition.

8 Notification of the winner

8.1 The winner will be notified by email within fourteen (14) days of the closing date. If the prize is unclaimed by the initial winner drawn within twenty-eight (28) days, there will be no further draw, and Heathrow’s decision regarding selection of the winner is final and there will be no further correspondence entered into.

9 Personal data

9.1 Any personal data provided by an entrant will remain confidential to Heathrow and will not be disclosed to any third party without the entrant’s prior consent, except that Heathrow reserves the right to use the information for the purposes of facilitating the competition including but not limited to publishing the name of the winner on its website, as well as providing the prize winner’s details to third parties for the purposes of administering the competition including but not limited to the actual providers of the prize.

9.2 All personal data provided by an entrant will be used by Heathrow solely for the purposes of administering the competition and will be securely destroyed within 120 days of the closing date, unless the entrant has elected to receive further promotional or marketing information.

10 General

10.1 Heathrow reserves the right to cancel, modify or supersede the competition at any time if, in Heathrow’s sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified.

10.2 These terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

14 Aug 2015: World Rugby has announced the appointment of Heathrow as an official Tournament Provider to Rugby World Cup 2015.

With excitement and anticipation building ahead of what promises to be a record-breaking Tournament, the appointment of another globally-renowned brand further underscores the enormous appeal of the Rugby World Cup brand in the sporting marketplace.

With Heathrow preparing to welcome the majority of the 500,000 anticipated overseas fans as well as the participating teams, the deal very much has fans and team experience at its heart.World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said: “We are delighted to welcome another brand sector leader to the international family of Rugby World Cup 2015 commercial partners. Heathrow is a globally renowned brand and its appointment underscores the enormous brand appeal of Rugby World Cup.”

“With just over a month to go, we are confident that England 2015 will be a wonderful and truly global celebration of rugby and friendship and we look forward to welcoming the world to Rugby World Cup 2015.”

“As the UK’s front door, Heathrow is proud to welcome rugby fans and players from across the globe to Rugby World Cup 2015. We are delighted to be part of the team working to make this a fantastic tournament for everyone involved.”- Heathrow CEO, John Holland Kaye

Rugby World Cup 2015 is on track to be the best-attended, most-viewed, most-socially engaged and most competitive Rugby World Cup to date and the commercial success of the 2015 edition, coupled with New Zealand 2011 is enabling World Rugby to invest more than £340 million in the development of rugby from the playground to the podium across 120 nations in all continents.

Our #Votemeairside competition winners got their chance to go airside at Heathrow last Friday (7 August 2015) for a money-can’t-buy experience at the UK’s busiest airport. We’ve got more on the day and some of the spectacular shots taken on the day by the winners here. Enjoy!

The day began with a trip up the Heathrow Airport Air Traffic Control Tower for our guest Graeme, Andrew, Reshma, Carolyn, Anna and Henry thanks to our good friends at NATS!

Air Traffic Controller Ady Dolan, one of the stars of BBC Airport Live and well known on Twitter, gave the group an insight into how ATC’s manage movements around Heathrow.

While up there our guests got to take photos from the balcony of the tower with the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 (9V-SKI) new, and striking, commemorative 50th anniversary livery a fan favourite!

Photography from around the tarmac…

After making the descent down the tower and a quick stop in T5 for lunch, our guests headed out to Stand 595 to watch a Qantas A380 taxi onto it.

Carolyn Royds took this great “Tower wink” shot on the day. Source: Carolyn Royds

Unfortunately, due to operational timings we were unable to get our guests onto the A380 but instead we were able to take the group to the new Airside Operations building by eastern end of the Northern Runway.

From the top of the new building our guests were treated to a spectacular view of aircraft landing on the runway (27R) while getting a chance to chat to one of our Senior Airfield Officers, Dan Riggs.

The next and final stop was on the grass right next to the runway for close up pictures of the aircraft touching down with the day ending with the successful photographing of an aviation enthusiasts favourite – the Kuwait Airways’ Boeing 747-400 arriving from Kuwait City (flight KU103).

What did our guests have to say about the day:

  • Graeme: “I honestly can’t believe that we were asked where we wanted to go on the airfield to take photographs! I absolutely loved being in the vicinity of the touchdown zones with the planes coming in from all over the world. Even on the roof of the new Airside Safety / Ops building.Spending time in the tower was just fantastic. THAT view! I have to confess that I am not one for heights so the viewing platform didn’t get quite the trampling with my feet that it did with others, but it was good to get some time to talk to Ady Dolan to ask my geek related runway hold and taxiway questions.I loved seeing the aircraft that won me the competition (G-VFAB) on the stands in Terminal 3.”

Our guests on the day Graeme, Andrew, Reshma, Henry, Anna and Carolyn with NATS Ady Dolan and Nadine in the back row, up on the tower.

  • Reshma: “I think it’s great Heathrow gave the opportunity to enthusiasts to come down and see how the job is actually done. As a member of the aviation industry myself, I think it is important that prizes like this are given away, to allow young people to physically see the type of jobs available in an airport and to turn that dream job into a reality. I hope to see more competition prizes like this, it will help people understand the need for a Heathrow expansion!I asked several people including, an Air Traffic Controller and Senior Safety Staff how they got their jobs and what advice they’d give to others wanting to join airport operations. It seems that motivation is the key, many came from various different backgrounds and education levels but all shared a true passion for Heathrow and the aviation industry.”

Reshma was pretty thrilled to be up the tower as proven by this shot!

  • Anna: “My favourite part of the day was standing beside the runway and take pictures of landing planes! It had been my dream for a long time and I had told myself that dreams are a not impossible to achieve!I have seen many airport and aeroplane programs and both myself and my partner are “geeks” on this topic so much of what we saw on the day I had seen on TV or pictures before, but nothing can compare to listening and seeing it all live!”
  • Andrew: “My favourite part of the day was the ATC tower visit and especially the photography opportunities from the balcony! I was really surprised at the huge network of airside tunnels at the airport as I knew there wer some but not to the extent and length of what we saw and drove through!Thanks again to Heathrow for the opportunity it will for sure go down as one of my very best #AvGeek days ever.”

Our Airside Safety Vehicle’s “Follow Me” sign was a hit with our guests and their social media accounts. Andrew made the most of the opportunity to grab a pic with it.

  • Carolyn: “I had the BEST time on Friday. It was a fantastic experience! Great bunch of geeks and the staff were all brilliant with us – Nadine and Ady at the tower, Daniel and Colin (I think) from airside safety and of course the Heathrow communications staff. The competition was a great idea and the prize, well it really was something that money-can’t-buy. For an AvGeek like me it was a dream come true. Just two years ago, when BBC Airport Live was on, I jokingly tweeted that I would sell a kidney to go up the ATC tower. I’m happy to say I still have both my kidneys.”

Carolyn got this great pic looking out over part of T3 with some Virgin Atlantic aircraft and a Emirates A380 visible in the background.

  • Henry: “My favourite part of the day was going up the Control Tower. We were advised not to look down but the opportunity was too good to miss. We got a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the airport and could see every airline tail on the ground, a legal requirement.I learnt about how efficient the Air Traffic Controllers are with juggling the amount of aircraft taking off and landing into Heathrow Airport every day. I also learnt how aircraft are grouped together according to their wake category to minimise delays.The favourite aircraft I saw on the day was the British Airways Boeing 777-300ER. I enjoy seeing that aircraft when I am planespotting as it has the world’s largest and most powerful jet engines.It would be great for more opportunities like this to happen. There was an amazing variety of aircraft on display with colourful liveries.”

Henry could barely contain his excitement on the day, but in a (rare) calm moment our other guest Anna managed to get this shot up the tower of him.

Unfortunately, one of our winners Lewis Steeper was unable to attend on the day which is why we invited Andrew and Henry who finished in 6th and 7th place respectively. Their votes were so close that we negotiated with our air side team to bring an additional guest.

A big thank you to all who entered the #Votemeairside competition, and future opportunities for AvGeeks…

Thank you from all of us in the Heathrow Social team to the over 330 people that entered the competition! We love seeing all your great pics of Heathrow so keep sharing them with us on Twitter (@heathrowairport) and Instagram (@heathrow_airport).

We’ll be looking to create more competitions and opportunities in the future.

A new DODS sample poll released this week has shown that 69% of MPs want the Government to support expansion at Heathrow (including 31% who want expansion at both Heathrow and Gatwick), while only 4% want just Gatwick expanded instead.

The polling is yet more proof of the overwhelming support for Heathrow expansion across the country, including politicians, businesses, industry groups, airports and individuals.

Ninety-nine MPs from across the political spectrum, reflecting the 2015 Parliament make-up, were surveyed with 36% preferring just a new runway at Heathrow.

Another 31% want a new runway at both Heathrow and Gatwick, while 2% would prefer the extension of one of Heathrow’s runways.

The full results…

The full DODS report can be found here.

Heathrow has strengthened the case for the Government to implement expansion at the airport after announcing record July results today including 7.29 million passengers!

The results were achieved in the same month that the Airports Commission made a clear and unanimous recommendation for Heathrow expansion.

Significantly, not only did Heathrow break its overall July record but it also for the first time handled over 250,000 passengers on one day – and not just once, but three times!

Full highlights from the results include:

  • July was a month of personal bests for Heathrow, with the UK’s only hub welcoming a record 7.29 million passengers (+4.7% on July 2014) and for the first time ever serving over a quarter of a million passengers, not just once but on three separate days. July 31st saw the most passengers ever travelling through Heathrow, with 254,375 passengers choosing the UK’s only hub airport;
  • Larger, quieter, fuller aircraft continued to be a driver for passenger growth at Heathrow. Seats per aircraft increased 2.3% to 209.6 while passengers per aircraft rose 4.1% to 175.6 and load factors increased 1.8% to 83.8%;
  • Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Mexico which was up 29.5%, China up 13.7% and Brazil up 1.6%. Middle East traffic was also up 13.3% as carriers added new A380s to these segments;
  • Heathrow continues to welcome the transfer passengers that make such long-haul flights possible, with year-on-year volumes increasing 2.5%
  • Cargo volumes at Heathrow, the UK’s biggest port by value, recorded growth of 3.2% over the past 12 months, with increases to notable emerging markets including 41.3% to Mexico, 26.3% to Turkey, 18.6% to Brazil, 10.7% to India;
  • Heathrow is Britain’s link with global markets, enabling trade and tourism by hosting over 70% of the UK’s long-haul flights. The airport has seen significant increasing demand for services to fast-growing markets like Mexico and China, but without additional capacity this growth cannot continue. The Airports Commission found in its recent recommendation that new opportunities for trade are dependent on improved global connectivity and an expanded Heathrow will provide this.

Thai Airways became the 8th carrier to operate an A380 service out of Heathrow on July 1.

“I agree with the Prime Minister’s comments during the recent trade mission to South East Asia that Britain should be trading more with the rest of the world.

As the UK’s largest port, Heathrow is the beating heart of Britain’s trading network. Our best exports, whether Scottish salmon or life-saving pharmaceuticals, all pass through Heathrow on their way to markets across the globe. With expansion, we can add connections to new markets, opening up the lucrative trade routes that will secure British prosperity over the coming decades.” Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye

 

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Published 11th August 2015