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Tuesday
Dec212010

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How can aviation be operated to minimise the impacts of emissions...?

...by routing it through Heathrow.

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Current crisis explained by a Canadian financial journalist.

"BAA, the Heathrow operator, is controlled by Ferrovial, a debt-burdened Spanish building company. Ferrovial was forced to sell three airports to satisfy competition concerns and last year Gatwick was snapped up by Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm backed by Credit Suisse and GE.

Britain’s airports, its power companies and its water companies are controlled by foreign enterprises. E.ON and RWE of Germanym and Electricité de France have the lion’s share of the power grid while Canadian pension funds have partially filled the vacuum in domestic transport. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan controls the airports of Bristol and Birmingham, while Borealis and Teachers together have agreed to buy High Speed 1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link."

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/carl-mortished/uk-infrastructure-creaks-under-weight-of-snow-politics/article1845117/

Dec 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

How can aviation be operated to minimise the impacts of delays ...?

...by not routing it through Heathrow.

Dam awful airport, in totally the wrong place , whos reputation is so bad
people will actively try to avoid flying from there.

Dec 21, 2010 at 11:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

Dam awful airport, in totally the wrong place , whos reputation is so bad
people will actively try to avoid flying from there.

Actually all of UK is to be actively avoided for long distance travelers. Flying from Charles De Gaul or from Frankfurt is hundreds of pounds cheaper than any UK airport simply because of the UK distance 'tax'

European holiday? Avoid Britain, or make it a side-trip.

Dec 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJerry

For comparison, the airport at Helsinki is kept open virtually continuously, even though conditions there are generally more severe than anywhere in England:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12042213

Dec 21, 2010 at 1:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterSara Chan

According to BBC 13h00 news, Gatwick is open, and has no real problems.

Dec 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohndeFrance

The following is from www.heathrowairport.com.

Heathrow's army of snow ploughs stretch their wings as snow bites
29 November 2010


The cold snap may have only just bitten but Heathrow's snow team has been working for months to ensure the UK's hub airport will once again be prepared for the onset of winter.

"As the world’s busiest international airport it's absolutely vital we are well prepared and our team do an excellent job often in quite severe conditions.…”

Dec 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterDouglas J. Keenan

Its not de-icing the runways and taxi path which is the problem but de-icing the planes , its a messy job which takes some time and it does not last long , so you can find yourself de-icing the same plane twice. Once delays set in and you start to lose parking areas , you right in it in a place like HR.

The air terminal issue are down to the fact that their designed as points of transit not as points of staying, turn up and fly was the concept in their design not turn up and spend hours waiting, the only change in design to deal with long periods spent waiting now is a increase in the number of shops.

Dec 21, 2010 at 8:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

And if we approve the third runway, we can arrange an even larger reduction in emissions?

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterNorman

I would like to praise the people of the United Kingdom for their creative method at keeping people from seeing and thus wanting to move to their country. I just wish we here in Los Angeles, California hadn't made LAX so accessible and high-capacity. Our freeways might now be more free of traffic if only we had your foresight.

//only slightly facetious.

Dec 22, 2010 at 1:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Don't worry Jeremy, Gov Moonbeam is taking up the gauntlet from Gov "I'll be back" to eliminate all rush hour traffic.

Dec 22, 2010 at 4:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterRhoda Ramirez

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