Posts Tagged ‘Olympic’


[Airport Informer] A huge fire is currently being tackled by Fire Services adjacent to Heathrow Airport. The nearby main A4 road has been closed and diversions are in place.

This image taken from the T1 Car Park show the plume of dense smoke rising high into the sky.  Photo:  John Jefferies

This image taken from the Terminal 1 car park shows the plume of dense smoke rising high into the sky. Photo: John Jefferies

The fire is raging in a tyre depot which is next to the main road and is causing delays to passengers bound for the airport.

It is thought by airport insiders that the density and proximity of the black smoke plume to the runway will cause problems for air traffic at the Heathrow.

A huge plume of black smoke can clearly be seen for miles across central London and can even be spotted from the area near the Olympic stadium.

Updates can be found at LBC – lbc.co.uk…..


The Airport Informer
21st Aug, 2012


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[Press Association] Bosses of Heathrow are on their marks to cope with one of the busiest-ever days at the west London airport when thousands of athletes fly off after the end of the Olympics.

Heathrow staff car park converted to special Games terminal to check-in athletes returning home. Picture:  Evening Standard

Heathrow staff car park converted to special Games terminal to check-in athletes returning home. Picture: Evening Standard

A specially-constructed Games terminal will be in operation on Monday when 116,000 people in total will be leaving Heathrow.

The Games terminal is for athletes only, with around 6,000 departing from Heathrow on Monday.

The size of three Olympic swimming pools, the special terminal has 31 check-in desks and seven security lanes.

Athletes will have the opportunity to check-in their bags at the Olympic Village in east London.

Athletes are expected to depart with more than three bags per person, including outsize sporting equipment.

Their bags will be taken to Heathrow and be processed through the baggage system overnight on Sunday to relieve the pressure on the airport on Monday.

Athletes will arrive at the Games terminal on Monday by coach, where they will be treated to a special London-themed send-off, the details of which Heathrow operator BAA is keeping a closely-guarded secret.

No aircraft will depart from the Games terminal. Instead, athletes will take an airside coach to their final departure point where they will mingle with regular passengers as they wait for their flight.

Athletes will be clapped into each terminal by a guard of honour made up of Heathrow volunteers.

After three days of operation the terminal will be decommissioned and the site returned to its original use as a staff car park.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said: “Heathrow is proud of the part we have played in making London 2012 a success. We hope that Olympic athletes, spectators and officials enjoyed a great welcome to London.

“Olympic departures present a fresh challenge with new facilities like the Games terminal being used for the first time. We have been preparing for seven years to deliver a farewell of which the whole country can be proud.”

Read the original story at The Evening Standard / Press Association …….


UKPA/Evening Standard
10th August 2012



[Business Traveller] Heathrow has opened its temporary terminal which has been built to cope with the surge in passengers after the Olympics later this summer.

It will process more than 10,000 competitors and 37,000 bags over the three days

It will process more than 10,000 competitors and 37,000 bags

The structure has been constructed in a staff car park and will cater for Olympic participants and officials for the three days after the games end on August 12.The airport has estimated that the terminal will process more than 10,000 competitors and 37,000 bags over the three days.

Transport minister Theresa Villiers, who attended the opening of the terminal today, said: “August 13 is expected to be the busiest day in the whole history of the airport. 10,000 athletes, coaches and support staff are going to be coming through this temporary terminal.

“Having this extra departure capacity is going to be very important in ensuring that Heathrow can cope with that huge volume of departing passengers over those few days after the closing ceremony.”

Heathrow’s head of Olympic operations Nick Cole said that the reason for the temporary terminal was “to ensure that passengers using terminals One, Three, Four and Five get their normal high levels of service”.

“If we do this and we get 10,000 athletes through this facility, it means that everybody else in the other terminals will feel just like it’s a busy summer day here at Heathrow,” added Cole.

Read the original story at Business Traveller….


Report by Rob Gill
12th June, 2012



(easyJet Press Release) easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has today announced that  it will be the official carrier of the Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic teams at this summer’s Games in London.

easyJet will be the official carrier of the Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic teams at this summer's Games in London.  Photo: Wikipedia

easyJet will be the official carrier of the Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic teams at this summer’s Games in London. Photo: Wikipedia

The airline has committed to flying the entire Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic team along with key support team members to and from the Games this summer. The UK event is extra special for the Jordanians, who have nine athletes representing the Middle East country this year – the largest Jordanian delegation to feature in the history of the Games.

Under the Presidency of HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, who is also an IOC member, Jordan has made huge strides in sport with the National Olympic Committee’s vision for it to play a greater role in the lives of all Jordanians. The Kingdom has just secured a ninth member of its delegation, with the qualification of Heavyweight boxer Ihab Darweesh , meaning that this year the largest number qualified of sportsmen and women will represent the Middle East country in the history of the games.

The Jordanian team still have an opportunity for two more wrestlers to qualify along with the basketball team but already this landmark highlights the progress being made in Jordanian sport.

This summer, three taekwondo fighters, one equestrian, and two each for swimming and athletics will join boxer Darweesh in the delegation as Jordan searches for its first ever Olympic medal.

Of the nine, four of the delegation is female with taekwondo star Nadine Dwani and horse jumper Ibrahim Bisharat taking part in their third Olympics.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s Commercial Manager, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be able to play our part in helping this dedicated team of athletes move closer to achieving their dreams and representing their country at the summer Games.

“I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of everyone at easyJet, to wish them every success this summer.”

Lana Al Jaghbeer, Jordan Olympic Committee Secretary General, added: “We are delighted that easyJet has stepped forward to offer our athletes travel to and from the Games. In today’s financial climate sponsorship is crucial for our athletes and this contribution is very much appreciated by all.”

easyJet launched its London Gatwick route to the Jordanian capital of Amman in March 2011 and to date the airline has flown more than 55,000 passengers to and from the city of Amman.

Read the original easyJet press release here….


easyJet
11th June, 2012



[From a BBC News Feature] Olympic torch: Top pilot’s ‘most precious cargo’.

When pilot Captain David Thomas takes off from Athens El. Venizelos airport later today, on board his gold-painted plane will be a highly precious cargo.

Classed as dangerous goods, there is a specific regulation for the carriage of the Olympic flame.
Photo: RRconway (Photobucket)

Strapped into seats 1A and 1B, in what would normally be business class, will be the Olympic flame as it makes its journey from Greece to the UK.

Its arrival heralds the start of a 70-day relay around the UK ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

On board the British Airways plane, named The Firefly, will also be a party of dignitaries including footballer David Beckham, Princess Anne and London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.

At the controls of flight 2012 from Athens International Airport to the Royal Navy airbase at Culdrose in Cornwall, Mr Thomas knows the eyes of the world will be on him and his team.

“You try to forget about a lot of the external pressure as it’s not helpful, when you’re flying passengers you are thinking about safety,” he told the BBC.

“I’ve been in that position before, you don’t want to get it wrong but I have got a couple of great guys with me.

“The worst thing for me is I know how good the [TV] cameras are so I’ll have to watch what I’m doing at all times.”

Nothing has been left to chance in planning for the flight as Mr Thomas, 45, said: “It’s slightly unusual to be playing with fire on an aeroplane.”

Classed as dangerous goods, there is a specific regulation for the carriage of the Olympic flame.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has approved a detailed safety case drawn up by Mr Thomas and BA’s Dangerous Goods team.

The flame is in four lanterns which sit in two specially-made metal cradles secured to the chair by a seatbelt and a Velcro strap.

In seat 1C will be the fire warden – a Metropolitan Police officer trained in firefighting – who will monitor the flame for the duration of the 1,500-mile flight.

Unusually, and reflecting the significance of the flight, Mr Thomas will be joined by two pilots – a captain and a first officer – whom he selected.

“We’re taking an extra pilot which helps with the distractions and if one of you goes sick. It also allows you to delegate responsibilities which is helpful in…..

Read the full story at BBC News…..


By Jane Mower
BBC 18th May, 2012



Heathrow Airport may struggle to cope with extra passengers arriving during the London Olympics, MPs have warned.

"Not enough thought seemed to have been given to ways of coping with long queues at immigration"

"Not enough thought seemed to have been given to ways of coping with long queues at immigration"

Culture Select Committee chairman John Whittingdale said not enough thought seemed to have been given to ways of coping with long queues at immigration.

He said the UK Border Agency had suggested it had insufficient money to open all of its passport stations. The now separate Border Force said it was “well-prepared… with additional staff available for busy periods”. Mr Whittingdale outlined the committee’s concerns in a letter to Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

He said two members, Therese Coffey and Gerry Sutcliffe, had attended a briefing by Heathrow operator BAA and gathered that it saw the departure of large numbers of spectators and athletes at the end of the Games as the biggest challenge.

But Mr Whittingdale said the MPs “did not leave the briefing confident that Heathrow was ready to cope with the arrival of a huge number of competitors, Olympic family and visiting tourists in timely fashion”.

The letter went on: “We understand that significant preparations have been made to accommodate unusual sporting equipment, special lanes for the Olympic family, welcoming arrangements for competitors and additional Olympic ambassadors.

“However, far less thought seems to have been given to the issue of how to deal with long queues at immigration.

“The UKBA (UK Border Agency) representative suggested that there was insufficient funding to ensure all passport stations would be open.”

Mr Whittingdale continued: “While visiting tourists will understand that the Olympics is a busy time, if the wait (at immigration) is in excess of an hour it may deter tourists from returning.

Full story at BBC News….


BBC News
11 April 2012