Heathrow Olympics terminal plans announced
The 2012 Games commence in six months’ time and details of a specially designed terminal to deal with the thousands of athletes expected to pass through Heathrow Airport have been unveiled.
The airport’s owners BAA has drawn up plans for an Olympics terminal in order to cope with the 10,100 competitors expected to arrive in London prior to the start of the sporting extravaganza, which gets under way on July 27.
August 13, the day after the closing ceremony, is widely expected to be the busiest in Heathrow’s history, which has prompted BAA to introduce a number of measures to ensure that things run smoothly. It is estimated that the number of bags handled on this day will be 35% higher than usual.
BAA plans to offer check-in and baggage collection services at the Olympic and Paralympic Village and will train 1,000 volunteers to welcome those people arriving for the Games.
Nick Cole, head of Olympic and Paralympic planning at Heathrow, said the Games will represent a “unique operational task” and a “massive challenge”.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways passengers who want to avoid the Olympics frenzy might want to escape to its new lounge for first and business-class passengers in Terminal 4.
The lounge offers five-star service, including refreshments, entertainment and free WiFi.
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