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Climate activists lose legal battle to stop Heathrow third runway

Climate activists lose legal battle to stop Heathrow third runway

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Climate activists have lost a long-running legal battle to stop a third runway at Heathrow.The Supreme Court has overturned a previous Court of Appeal ruling in a case brought by Friends of the Earth and others against Heathrow Airport. The court was asked to consider if the government's failure to take into account the UK's climate commitments rendered the planned third runway unlawful.Tim Crosland, of the campaign group Plan B, said the original decision by former transport secretary Chris Grayling to support the expansion made a "mockery" of the government's commitment to show international leadership in the face of a climate emergency. Image: Activists had sought to challenge ex-transport secretary Chris Grayling's decision "Had C...
Heathrow turns screw on cost cuts with new furlough plan

Heathrow turns screw on cost cuts with new furlough plan

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Britain's biggest airport is to furlough its entire senior management team apart from its chief executive and pave the way for more permanent job losses, underlining its pessimism about the aviation industry's short-term recovery prospects.Sky News has seen emails sent by Heathrow executives on Friday which detail plans for a new voluntary redundancy scheme and a requirement for staff to be placed on furlough for at least four weeks between the beginning of December and the end of March. Sources said the furlough requirement would apply to every Heathrow employee other than John Holland-Kaye, the airport's chief executive.The latest developments come weeks after Heathrow relinquished its crown as Europe's busiest airport to Paris's Charles de Gaulle, with passenger numbers at the London hu...
Heathrow overtaken as Europe’s busiest airport amid pandemic

Heathrow overtaken as Europe’s busiest airport amid pandemic

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Heathrow Airport brings in robots to fight coronavirus

Heathrow Airport brings in robots to fight coronavirus

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Disinfection robots have been installed at Heathrow Airport as part of measures to help keep the passengers and staff safe from the coronavirus.Previously used to tackle hospital acquired infections, the machines move through the airport terminals disinfecting high risk touch points like bathrooms and lifts.The robots use ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill viruses and stop them replicating.The airport has also brought in other features including anti-viral wraps on escalators, and trolleys and passenger temperature checks.BBC Click’s Lara Lewington reports.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Heathrow in last-minute talks to avert strikes

Heathrow in last-minute talks to avert strikes

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Heathrow Airport is holding last-ditch talks with unions to avert strikes on Monday and Tuesday that could mean 2,500 workers walking out. Britain's busiest airport has already cancelled 177 flights - roughly one in seven departures - as a precaution after Unite rejected a pay offer.The airport said the "vast majority" of passengers would still be able to fly. But some passengers say airlines have still not told them whether their flights will be cancelled. Some 91 airlines could be affected by the strikes, involving engineers, firefighters and security staff.Heathrow cancels 177 flights after strike voteA Heathrow spokeswoman said: "Airlines will confirm with passengers what flights they will be consolidating and cancelling."We ...