Articles tagged with: Heathrow
Thanks to the monsoon like UK weather, chances are many of us will be getting ready to jet off to enjoy a well-deserved sun soaked break. But, as the government announces that the UK is officially in a double-dip recession, looking for ways to save when escaping overseas could and should be of utmost importance to UK travellers. With this in mind, travel search site Kayak, has put together eight top tips to help keep your wallet full when searching for and enjoying that trip away
At the last election both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats said no to a third runway at Heathrow. Boris said that it would be built over his dead body. Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, campaigned against it and her constituency sits under the flight path. Now stories in the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph suggest the government is having a rethink.
On Wednesday evening in Copenhagen, Skytrax announced the winners of their airport awards. Never heard of them? Skytrax polls travellers across the world for their thoughts across 39 different categories. These surveys are always completed after the trip so that people can think for a day or two after the event so that a considered opinion can be given. And 11.38 million people from 105 different nationalities gave just that considered opinion.
The airport of the year was Hong Kong International Airport which, if you have ever used it, would be a popular choice
This morning the Competition Commission has ruled that BAA must sell off Stansted and either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports. This follows from the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the sale despite the attempts of BAA to say that the travel market had changed quite a bit since the original ruling was given. What will BAA do now? Sell and give in gracefully or try and find justification for continuing its fight?
Having flown quite a bit over the last forty years, I have faced all sorts of reasons for flight delays and cancellations. I’ve had an engine failure in Karachi, a lightning strike over Teheran, thunder and lightning in the airspace in which we are going to fly through and even a delay due to the pilot being removed because he was considered drunk.
But I have never had the reason I had yesterday morning. My flight back from Glasgow had been cancelled because of a volcanic ash cloud in the upper atmosphere.
Anyway you all know about the situation because there was been wall-to-wall media coverage even to the point that this morning, the lead story tended to be the ash story rather than the party leaders’ debate.
Like about 600,000 other people yesterday, I had to decide how to get back home.
Twice I flew from Heathrow’s terminal 1 this week. Twice I had breakfast as I was on early flights. On each occasion I had breakfast, it was after I had cleared security since you’re never quite sure how long it might take. And I had breakfast in two different restaurants, neither of which would set your gastronomic juices on fire. But that rumbling is for another day.
In both restaurants, I was given stainless steel cutlery
Last week The Sunday Times wrote a piece by Matt Rudd about how unfriendly airports are to children. It presupposes the question that airports are supposed to be friendly in the first place. Not just for children but for everyone.
Airports are there to enable you to catch a flight to somewhere so surely the prime aim is to get you through and out as soon as possible? If you are flying in then the same applies. It is get you off the plane and out into the real world. Then some bright spark decided to add duty free shops, then cafés, then restaurants, then shops, then lounges, then viewing areas and places where you can spend £20 on a ticket to win a car. All of a sudden they were bigger than villages. All they need is a Tesco or a Sainsbury and I can do my weekly shop there as well
Around here the schools have just broken up and kids are everywhere. But so are cars heavily laden with luggage so it is obvious that some people are leaving tonight for the Christmas break. Maybe they are all trying to travel before even more snow comes over the weekend.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) claims that today and next Wednesday will be two busiest days on the roads or at railway stations, airports and ferry terminals as people make the way off for the break. They estimate that 3 million us will be heading away of the Christmas period. This number is about the same as last year so our appetite for a break seems as strong as ever