Australian Olympians plan to avoid Heathrow for London Games
Australia’s Olympians plan on avoiding the chaos of Heathrow Airport in the mass exodus following this year’s London Games.
AUSTRALIA’S Olympians plan on avoiding the chaos of Heathrow Airport in the mass exodus following this year’s London Games.
The major international hub has come under intense criticism in the lead-up to the Olympics with reports of some passengers waiting for several hours at passport control.
Heathrow is bracing for the busiest day in its history on 13 August, the day after the Olympic closing ceremony.
The airport normally averages 95,000 departing passengers a day but will have to handle 138,000 on that day.
The Evening Standard reported Olympic teams including Australia, Canada and China had booked charter flights from Stansted Airport to avoid the congestion.
The extra volume has led to 10,000 flights being diverted to other airports during the northern summer and Heathrow has banned charter and private flights completely during the Games.
Megastars such as swimming’s Michael Phelps, tennis player Roger Federer and the US Olympic basketball team were all expected to avoid Heathrow and head to Stansted.
A spokesman for Heathrow’s owners BAA said: “We made the decision not to accommodate charter planes or private jets during the Games period to ensure our scheduled flights timetable can be protected during this extremely challenging time.
“Eighty per cent of all Games passengers will pass through Heathrow which already operates at 99.2 per cent capacity.” – AAP
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