Heathrow energy use in focus this Earth Day


By Heathrow

Published 22nd April 2016

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Today is Earth Day and to celebrate we’re taking a look at Heathrow energy use – everything from light bulbs to escalators – and how we’re working to reduce our consumption! We’ve caught up with Heathrow’s Kevin Denney who, as our Engineering Utilities Manager, has the job of managing energy consumption at the airport!

What is your role at Heathrow?

As a Utility Manager I am responsible for managing Heathrow’s Energy Consumption with particular focus on improving performance through investment in new energy efficient technology.

I advise on all energy related issues at Heathrow and collaborate with colleagues to identify and deliver energy improvements through planned maintenance and other activities.

A typical day includes surveying the Airport Infrastructure to identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption. We then develop and deliver energy reduction projects through our Airport Suppliers and Contractors.

I have worked in the field of energy management for over 30 years with the last 5 years at Heathrow.

What projects are in place to reduce energy use at Heathrow?

We’ve reduced carbon emissions from energy used in our buildings by 19% since 1990 whilst growing the airport and increasing passenger numbers.Since 2012, we have cut our electricity consumption (cumulative) by 70GWh.

This has been achieved through a whole host of projects, including:

  • A huge two-year LED programme has replaced over 70,000 lights across the Airport.

  • The inclusion of a sophisticated lighting control system in T2 that minimises energy use by switching off LED lights when parts of the building are not in use or in bright daylight;

  • Our baggage energy optimisation project enhances efficiency, saves energy and reduces operating costs by switching off areas of the system while they’re not in use;

  • Escalators, Travelators and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) systems have been reconfigured to operate only on demand to maximise energy efficiency.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most about working at Heathrow is being empowered to use my skills, experience and judgement to transform the appearance of the Airport.

This is complemented by Heathrow’s commitment towards a massive LED Lighting Investment Programme that continues to improve the passenger experience whilst at the same time reducing our energy consumption and environmental impact.

Biomass boilers, 3rd party engagement and other plans in the pipeline…

While we’ve already made big strides in reducing our energy consumption – there’s still a lot more to do. We’ve seen with the construction of the innovative Terminal 2 that through a mixture of innovative design and new technology we can continue to make improvements.

Terminal 2 | The Queen’s Terminal features the world’s first BREEAM (Building Research Establisment Environmental Assessment Methodology) certified satellite terminal (T2B) for it’s sustainable design.

Terminal 2 | The Queen’s Terminal

Over 90% of waste from the demolition of the original Terminal 2 was recycled during its construction and the new terminal now features a striking roofing design that maximises natural light, as well as its own Biomass Boiler to supply energy.

The Biomass Boiler plant provides an on-site source of zero carbon electricity, heating and cooling for the Terminal through the burning of locally sourced wood chips.

Moving forward, we’re working with airline, cargo and retail companies that operate at the airport to help them reduce their own energy consumption.

All this week Heathrow has been proud to support the annual UK Trade & Investment Exporting is Great initiative which aims to promote and encourage British business to think big and go global! We have been working with well-known companies that use Britain’s biggest port to connect with markets all over the world. Below we take a quick look at some of them…

Typhoo Tea

Great British Tea since 1903 – Typhoo is one of the most recognized supermarket brands and has become a leading UK exporter of black, green, herbal and flavoured teas. In 2015 Typhoo created 3 billion teabags using over 18,000 tonnes of tea – all of which was produced “Merseyside” in Liverpool.

A common addition to most British kitchens, the largest export markets for Typhoo are Central Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States.

Walkers Shortbread

Since their humble beginnings baking shortbread in picturesque Aberlour in the Scottish Highlands, Walkers has grown to become one of Scotland’s most loved, valued and exported food and beverage producers.

With more than 1 million delicious shortbread fingers baked every day, Walkers increasingly varied assortment of oatcakes, biscuits, cakes and shortbread are now enjoyed in more than 90 countries. Their principle markets outside the UK are currently Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Rodda’s Cornish Cream

Created in 1890 by a great-great grandmother in her Cornish farmhouse, Rodda’s Clotted Cream is a distinctively British product awarded with the Protected Designation of Origin status by the European Union.

It’s thoroughly “dollopable” produce is the pinnacle of afternoon tea and is exported all over the world. Those with a real sweet tooth for Rodda’s are found in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

Halcyon Days

Halcyon Days was founded in 1950 as an emporium of antique gifts in Mayfair, London. Since then it has developed into a lifestyle brand of luxury gifts, English fine bone china and fashion accessories. Its success over half a century is recognized by being 1 of only 14 companies to hold all 3 Royal Warrants along with an impressive client list that includes the likes of Fortune & Masons and Harrods.

Its reputation continues to grow beyond the United Kingdom and currently its biggest export markets are to the Caribbean, Japan and the United States.


Established at the renowned science and technology laboratories at the University of Reading, KYMIRA develops performance and recovery enhancing sportswear. Despite a relatively short history, KYMIRA has quickly developed a reputation for excellence and can boast that its sportswear has been worn on every continent including Antarctica.

This Berkshire based company has an ever increasing export list with significant business in Europe, the Middle East and United States.

For more interesting facts and figures on Heathrow cargo click here

Heathrow has today released its bumper first quarter results for 2016, highlighted by 16.8 million passengers, triple Skytrax award success and a welcome to Garuda Indonesia!

The first quarter of 2016 has been a success for Heathrow with strong passenger growth (+2.6%) and both revenue and EBITDA up for the company.

This strong financial performance saw revenue grow 3.2% to £642m and EBITDA increase 7.3% to £367m!

Heathrow Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye labelled the results “fantastic” and as another indicator of how important expansion at the airport is to the UK’s long term future.

“It’s been a fantastic start to 2016 and Heathrow is performing strongly on all fronts. Our colleagues are delivering excellent value for our passengers – better service at a lower cost.

“At a time of uncertainty about Britain’s place in the world, families and businesses are counting on the Prime Minister to secure Britain’s long term future. An expanded Heathrow will be an economic powerhouse, a global symbol of a confident, outward looking Britain. Let’s make it happen.”

Highlights of the first quarter include:


Today, Heathrow is joining with Britain in celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday! As our own tribute to Britain’s longest reigning monarch we’ve put together some of the images and moments where our own history has been intertwined with this great British icon! Enjoy!

Over the course of her long reign, Heathrow has welcomed Her Majesty on numerous occasions. From bidding her farewell as a Princess in 1952 through to opening state of the art terminals in the 21st century, we look at the key moments of our shared history.

From all of us at Heathrow, we’d like to wish Her Majesty the Queen a very happy birthday.

A very Royal Heathrow timeline:

1952 – Departed a Princess, returned a Queen. Elizabeth cuts sort her Commonwealth tour upon the news of her father’s death flying back into Heathrow Airport from Kenya.

1955 – The Queen officially opens Heathrow’s first permanent airport terminal, the Europa Building.

1969 – Her Majesty officially inaugurates Terminal 1.

1977 – The Queen becomes one of the first passengers to use the new London Underground extension to Heathrow Airport.

1996 – Her Majesty is the guest of honour at Heathrow’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

2008 – Queen Elizabeth officially opens the new Terminal 5.

28 May, 2012 – A giant Union Jack flag with an image of Her Majesty the Queen is unveiled on Heathrow’s runway to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. At the time, Queen Elizabeth II was the most travelled head of state in the world, having made 261 official overseas visits and 96 state visits to 116 countries – with many of those visits having occurred via Heathrow.

2014 – Named in her honour, Her Majesty returns to Heathrow to unveil the opening of Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal.

Did you know Heathrow is Britain’s biggest port by value? We’re celebrating UKTI’s #ExportingisGREAT week all this week with fun facts and British exporter stories! 

Heathrow, Britain’s biggest port, is once again proud to join Exporting is Great, an initiative launched by UK Trade & Investment to promote and encourage British exporters.

No two days are the same at Heathrow. Whether it is fine bone English China en-route to the USA or fresh Scottish salmon being loaded onto a flight bound for Shanghai, the diversity of Britain’s hub airport in supporting exporters is truly unique.

In 2014, export and import goods via Heathrow made up over 30% of total UK trade! (Source: Seabury Trade Database)

More destinations, more opportunities…

In 2015 total goods that passed through Heathrow reached £118bn, a significant achievement and more than what our two biggest seaports Southampton and Felixstowe processed combined.

Our unique position of serving over 180 destinations in more than 80 countries allows businesses across the UK to benefit from direct access to major economic centres.

Just weeks ago for example, Garuda Indonesia moved to Heathrow to begin a new 5-time weekly direct service to Jakarta, Indonesia, linking the UK more frequently with one of the fastest growing economies in south-east Asia!

Below we explore some of the goods that bid bon voyage to the UK and headed out to the world marketplace from Heathrow:

Winning the global race…

As a historic island trading nation, connectivity has always been crucial to our success in the UK. 95% of cargo at Heathrow leaves on passenger flights meaning creating new and nurturing existing routes to economic powerhouses is vital to maintaining the UK’s economy.

This cargo when pooled with local, regional and international passenger demand at the UK’s hub airport, Heathrow, helps makes more flights and routes viable for all.

In this way, Heathrow is truly a national asset to be proud of. Recently we announced a £180m blueprint to upgrade our cargo facilities so that Britain’s exporters can continue to reach all four corners of the globe and in a more efficient way.

This week we’ll be celebrating some of the great British exporters on Twitter with new businesses profiled each day – including some of the amazing stats behind their success! Follow @yourHeathrow and keep an eye on #ExportingisGREAT for more.


Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to back Heathrow expansion by local group Back Heathrow, with a letter delivered yesterday to Downing Street by “Captain Cameron”.

The below release has been issued by Back Heathrow:

Pro-expansion group Back Heathrow launched their new Captain Cameron campaign in Westminster today and delivered a letter to the Prime Minster on behalf of 100,000 local residents.

The event saw special guest ‘Captain Cameron’, in full pilot uniform, and residents living near the airport gather outside the Houses of Parliament to call on ‘Captain’ David Cameron and ‘First Officer’ George Osborne to land Heathrow expansion and watch the UK take off.

The campaigners then walked up to Downing Street to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister written on behalf of the 100,000 local residents who want to see a bigger and better Heathrow.

The letter, signed by Back Heathrow campaign director Rob Gray, urges the Prime Minister to end the uncertainty surrounding airport expansion and give the green light to a new runway at Heathrow. It refers to the £211bn economic benefits and 180,000 jobs up and down the country which would come with Heathrow expansion.

The letter also asks why the Prime Minister would risk huge protests in an unspoilt area of rural England by backing expansion at Gatwick, an option for which there is little support.Back Heathrow Campaign Director Rob Gray said, “This is a final call for Captain Cameron. The Prime Minister now needs to show real leadership to land Heathrow expansion.”

“This is a final call for Captain Cameron. The Prime Minister now needs to show real leadership to land Heathrow expansion” – Rob Gray, Back Heathrow Campaign Director

“A new runway at the UK’s only hub airport can be approved with confidence because it is backed by most local residents living near the airport, businesses, exporters, airlines, trade unions, regional airports and a majority of MPs. It’s been a long-haul but there must be no more delays.”

About Back Heathrow…

Back Heathrow was launched in August 2013 to give a voice to those residents who support Heathrow for the local jobs, benefits and opportunities it provides.

The campaign was launched with funding from Heathrow Airport and has since grown to have over 100,000 supporters.

Significantly, over 53,000 responses from Back Heathrow supporters, backing Heathrow expansion, were submitted to the Airports Commission National Consultation. This accounted for over 75% of responses in the consultation.

Find out more:

Oman Air are today launching a second daily service between London Heathrow Airport and Muscat, the Oman capital, using a pair of flight slots recently purchased for a record-breaking fee.

The slot pair was purchased for US$75 million in a deal with Air France, KLM and Kenya Airways in February (Source: Sunday Times), breaking the previous record of $60 million paid by American Airlines to SAS in 2015.

Heathrow’s unique capacity constraints – its operating at 98% capacity – coupled with the high demand from airlines due to strong passenger yields at the airport, mean slots are hard to obtain.

It’s estimated that due to demand from airlines and passengers to use the airport, far outstripping supply, passengers are already paying on average £95 more per a return ticket then if Heathrow had extra capacity*.

Oman Air’s services from Heathrow

With the new pair of slots Oman Air will now operate the following daily schedule to and from Heathrow:

  • WY101 Muscat to London Heathrow departing 2:00pm, arriving 7.05pm (Terminal 3)

  • WY102 London Heathrow to Muscat departing 8:50pm, arriving 7.20am (+1 day) (Terminal 3)

  • WY103 Muscat to London Heathrow departing 1:25am, arriving 6.30am (NEW, Terminal 4)

  • WY104 London Heathrow to Muscat departing 8:25am, arriving 6:50pm (NEW, Terminal 4)

More about Oman Air…

Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.

The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, Tehran and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, Beirut and Amman within the wider Middle East region.

In addition, Oman Air flies to eleven destinations in India (Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur); Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh; Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Colombo in Sri Lanka. The airline also flies to the Maldives, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam. Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.

Oman Air’s fleet consists of around 57 aircraft, rising to 70 aircraft by 2020.

Source: Oman Air

About Muscat…

The capital of the Sultanate of Oman is a cosmopolitan city with a distinct flavour of its own – a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. For the adventurous, it offers everything from dune bashing to deep-sea diving and calm and pristine beaches for those who want to unwind at leisure.

Source: Oman Air

In addition to the authentic Arabian spread, varied international cuisine is also available to indulge every palate. With bustling shopping malls and theme parks for children, it’s a perfect holiday destination for your family.

Source: Oman Air

Source: Impact of airport expansion options on competition and choice (Frontier Economics, 2014)

A record-breaking 6.1 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in March its been revealed in results released today.

Larger, quieter, fuller aircraft like the A380 have helped drive the 2.5% increase in passengers compared to 2015.

Heathrow’s value as the UK’s hub airport was again demonstrated by increases to fast-growing markets such as China (+12%), Mexico (+6%), India (+4%), and the Middle East (+9%), with many of these connections only possible due to the pooled demand the airport provides.

A380s on the move…

Korean Air became the 9th carrier to be using an A380 at Heathrow in March (find out more about the A380 and who the other carriers are, here) maintaining London Heathrow as the most popular airport for the aircraft type.

Emirates, another using the A380 at Heathrow, also added a 6th daily Dubai service in March following a slot transfer and from July will operate the service with its world-class A380.

Increases to Asia and the arrival of Garuda Indonesia…

East Asia continues to perform strongly, with both passenger and cargo volumes up 6% in part following the launch of Vietnam Airlines’ services and increase in frequency to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City after switching from Gatwick last year and British Airways’ new flights to Kuala Lumpur.

After six years of seeking slots at the UK’s only hub, Garuda Indonesia began the UK’s first direct services to Jakarta in March. The new services offer improved and more convenient access for British SMEs to Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Traditional Indonesian dancers were on hand to celebrate the arrival of Garuda Indonesia.

Heathrow has also continued to drive improvements to make the airport the most sustainable hub in the world – launching a new WebPortal aimed at consolidating freight loads, and decreasing the amount of trucks and emissions on roads around the airport. As the UK’s largest port, Heathrow is aiming to encourage freight companies to operate more sustainably with the new tool and a recently released cargo blueprint.

Another highlight from the month was the signing of a partnership with Hong Kong International Airport. The two airports will now work together with the aim of improving operations, driving up innovation, achieving world class service for passengers and developing industry leading environmental performance.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye welcomed the results.

“It’s been a record March for Heathrow and I’m delighted that we’ve added the UK’s first direct connection to Indonesia. As Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Garuda Indonesia’s new route will be a significant boon for British SMEs looking for new export opportunities. But it isn’t just Indonesia waiting to access the UK’s only hub – there is a queue of over 30 airlines waiting for slots from Heathrow” Holland-Kaye said.”

“With expansion, we can supercharge British trade by opening up 40 new long haul trading links with the fastest growing markets in the world. Let’s make it happen.” Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye

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Korean Air has become the 9th airline to use an A380 at Heathrow and to celebrate we’re taking a closer look at the facts and figures behind the “big bird”!

Few aircraft are as recognisable as the A380 due to its sheer size thanks largely to it being the biggest commercial passenger aircraft in operation in the world by some way.

There are over 250 commercial A380 flights per day around the world amounting to 3 million passengers each month on the aircraft type!

Which carriers are using the A380 at Heathrow?

Due to the high level of passenger demand both to and from Heathrow, the airport is one of the most popular in the world for airlines’ using A380s. As the UK’s hub airport (What is a hub airport? Find out, here.), Heathrow is able to pool local, regional and international passenger demand with cargo to make more flights and routes viable for all – and help fill more seats on more A380s!

In total 9 airlines use A380s at Heathrow. Check out our gallery below to find out which ones![

Etihad is the remaining airline using A380s at Heathrow, though not pictured in the gallery above.

For more pictures, including business and first class suites, check out our Facebook album!

Fun facts:

Here are some of the fun, and surprising, facts about the A380 that you might not know:

  • The A380 features a Tail Cam video, allowing you to watch everything from taxiing, sunsets, sunrises, and landing.

  • Inside the A380, its cabin is one of the quietest in the sky with on average half the sound energy of other aircraft.

  • If all the wiring in an A380 was laid out flat, it will stretch from Edinburgh to London – 320 miles!

  • The A380 is a low-noise aircraft and uses light-weight and environment-friendly components. In fact, this aircraft’s fuel efficiency is better than most modern small passenger cars in terms of fuel economy per passenger kilometre.

  • During take-off the wing will flex upwards by over 4m.

  • The four massive Rolls-Royce engines of the A380 are the length of a Mercedes C-series and four times as heavy. The internal temperature of the engine in operation is 3100 degrees.

  • The engine’s 116 inch (2,95 m) diameter fan blades suck in over one and a quarter tons of air every second.

A380 technical profile:

  • Length: 72m
  • Wingspan: 80m
  • Engines: 4
  • Passengers: 544 (standard configuration)
  • Max operating speed: 945 km/h or 587mph (at cruise altitude)
  • Max range: 15,200km/9400mi
  • Manufacturer: Airbus

More about Korean Air

Korean Air was founded in 1969 when the state owned airline was privatised by the Hanjin group.

It has has since grown to operate scheduled flights to 129 cities in 46 countries worldwide. Find out more about Korean Air and book flights via their website: www.koreanair.com .

Like this article? Visit our Facebook page for more A380 images including pictures inside their business and first class suites!

Heathrow has called for Network Rail and the Government to accelerate the timeline for a new direct Western Rail Link to the airport so its benefits can be delivered sooner.

Responding to Network Rail’s consultation on the project, Heathrow restated its support for what will be a vital service, directly connecting passengers and businesses from the west and south west to the UK’s only hub airport.

The new Western Rail Link has strong support across a broad area of the UK for the benefits it will bring which include:

  • Lowering CO2 emissions to the equivalent of 30 million passenger road miles a year;

  • Easing congestion on roads by taking up to one million cars off the road each year;

  • Create direct rail connectivity to Heathrow from areas such as Slough and Reading;

  • Reduce rail journey times to Heathrow from areas as far west as Swansea, Wales.

The project is also set to create up to 42,000 new jobs and £800 million of economic benefit across the Thames Valley and surrounding areas.

Chris Joyce, Head of Surface Access at Heathrow, said, “Given the potential of Western Rail Access and the wave of support behind it, we urge Network Rail and the Government to work with stakeholders to deliver this vital link so that the economic and environmental benefits it can create are secured, and delivered as soon as possible.”

The proposed 3.8km tunnel link…

The proposed project will tunnel a link of 3.8km from a junction on the Great Western Main Line east of Langley, near Slough and will service four trains per hour between Reading and Heathrow.

Over the next ten years this link, along with HS2 via Old Oak Common, Crossrail and Southern Rail could see Heathrow Airport add a further 3 million annual passenger journeys by public transport by 2020 and eventually treble its rail capacity by 2040.

Read Heathrow’s full consultation response here


By Heathrow

Published 5th April 2016