The Heathrow Control Tower was turned green last night in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, 1 year ago.
A minute’s silence will also be observed across Heathrow’s terminals at 12.00pm (noon) today, in line with national observance.
Our Team Heathrow colleagues have also been invited to wear green items of clothing, alongside their normal uniform, today to show their respects further.
From all of us at Heathrow we offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the 72 people who lost their lives in the tragedy.
Both the Control Tower and the forecourts across the airport will also be turned green this evening.
Is your school signed up to take part in the Heathrow Primary School Challenge? The challenge is back this year and we’re now taking applications from local schools to take part. Find out what the challenge is and how you can get involved below.
The Heathrow Primary School Challenge invests in over 50 schools in the five local boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne. The challenge is linked to the curriculum and has been established to inspire the next generation to consider a career at the airport.
The challenge provides an enjoyable way for 10 and 11 year olds to explore their enterprise skills, develop social and personal skills and encourages team working and communications skills.
What is the Heathrow Primary School Coding Challenge all about?
Heathrow’s Primary School Challenge has been established to inspire the next generation to consider a career at the airport. The challenge provides an enjoyable way for young people to explore their enterprise skills, develop social and personal skills and encourages team working and communications skills.
Students receive a presentation about cargo at Heathrow, highlighting; the volume of cargo Heathrow manages, the different types of items that are carried and the journey that cargo takes through the airport
- Working in groups of three, students will use Scratch, a computer coding programme, to code a journey for theirchosen cargo to get to the plane to their chosen destination;
- The challenge enables young people to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, whilst bringing the curriculum to life and encouraging the children to aim high;
- The challenge is a timed exercise, encouraging team workand developing time management skills.
How can your school get involved?
If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about how to get involved, please email Kathleen.Healy@volunteerheathrow.com .
The Royal Wedding has helped passenger numbers surge at Heathrow to a May record of 6.7 million – a 3.1% increase on 2017 – results released today reveal.
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, North American traffic increased by 5% as fans flocked to see the Windsor wedding. Domestic traffic also saw an uplift around the event with passenger numbers up 5.5% thanks largely to fuller flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Leeds.
22nd consecutive month of cargo growth at the UK’s busiest port
Over 144,000 metric tonnes of cargo passed through Heathrow in May, the 22nd consecutive month of record growth at the UK’s largest port by value for non-EU trade.Japan (+28%) and Brazil (+33%) were the top performing destinations as long-haul markets continued the trend of being the fastest growing for cargo.
British exporters will also be buoyed by the arrival of over 6,000 metric tonnes of additional cargo capacity and over 110,000 new seats for passengers to China annually thanks to new direct China Southern services.
The new services are to Wuhan and Sanya, with the latter the first of its kind for any airport in Europe.
Other Heathrow highights:
- Scandinavian Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines were the best performers in the latest ‘Fly Quiet and Green’ results, with the latter moving from the lowest spot on the league to second place;
- The UK Government tabled its Airports National Policy Statement on 5 June, effectively the policy framework for Heathrow expansion, with MPs set to vote on it within the next month. Read more, here.
“We have a robust plan to expand Britain’s hub airport, unlocking billions in growth and creating tens of thousands of new skilled jobs – from Plymouth to Perth and Swansea to Southend.”
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye commented on the recent expansion announcement, “We have a robust plan to expand Britain’s hub airport, unlocking billions in growth and creating tens of thousands of new skilled jobs – from Plymouth to Perth and Swansea to Southend.”
“With strong cross-party support and a united voice from business and unions – MPs must finally seize the opportunity to expand Heathrow and secure a prosperous future for all of Britain.”
The 2018 Heathrow Secondary School challenge is an exciting series of events held each year to give local students a chance to try their hand at coding robotic vehicles while learning important STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) for their futures. West London College students took a closer look at the challenge recently and have produced this video explaining more about what it’s about.
The Heathrow Secondary School Challenge is a series of half-day workshops delivered to Year 8 students (12-13 years old) in schools in the 5 boroughs around the airport.
Working in small groups, students will build a ‘Pod’ – our Personal Rapid Transport system that provides transport between the car parks and Terminal 5.Students will use coding to programme their Pod to travel a certain route – finishing with an exciting race off with other teams.
The challenge provides an enjoyable way for young people to explore their enterprise skills, develop social and personal skills, encourage team working, and build communications skills. In 2017, over 2,800 local young people took part in the Challenge from 18 secondary schools.
In this video, a Heathrow volunteer, Andrew, talks about supporting students in the Secondary School Challenge at Featherstone High School in Ealing.
More about Heathrow’s work in the Community
The Secondary School Challenge is just a small part of Heathrow’s much larger Community Investment Programme. The below infographic explains the programme in more detail.