With the Olympics just around the corner, bosses at Heathrow Airport insist they are sufficiently prepared to cope with the huge increase in passengers and baggage.
The airport has invested more than £20 million into the 2012 Games in an effort to make sure athletes and tourists get to where they are going without any problems.
August 13 – the day after the closing ceremony – will be the busiest day in the airport’s history as unprecedented levels of passengers and bags are set to make their way through its terminals. Heathrow expects to process 137,800 people departing on that day, along with 200,000 bags, compared to an average of 150,000 on a normal day.
Nick Cole, head of Olympic and Paralympic planning at Heathrow, dismissed concerns over queues and security. He stated that as the official host airport for the Olympics, around four-fifths of all visitors will pass through in a “unique operational challenge”.
At a briefing in central London to discuss the plans in place, authorities insisted people will not suffer because of UK border problems, also putting to bed any fears surrounding security by declaring that any risk to UK airspace can be detected within minutes.
The London Olympics begin on July 27 and will run until August 12.
Copyright Press Association 2012