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Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

Business
Heathrow Airport will cancel 172 flights on Monday and Tuesday after thousands of workers overwhelmingly rejected a revised pay offer.Unite said 88% of its 4,000 union members - who include security guards, firefighters and engineers - voted to refuse the deal, meaning the parties will head to last-ditch pay dispute talks in an effort to avert a strike. A two-day strike is set to start on Monday with further industrial action planned for 48 hours from 23 August.Unite warned the airport against paying millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights instead of using the money to settle the dispute.Unite regional officer Wayne King said: "Heathrow faces a compensation bill in the region of £4.6m from airlines if the planned strikes go ahead.
Heathrow campaigners lose challenge against third runway

Heathrow campaigners lose challenge against third runway

Business
Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge against the government's decision to approve plans for a third runway at London's Heathrow airport. Five councils, residents, environmental charities and London Mayor Sadiq Khan brought the action after MPs backed the plans in June. The campaigners said the runway would effectively create a "new airport", having a "severe" impact on Londoners.But judges rejected the arguments, ruling the plans were lawful.John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said: "This verdict will not reduce the impact on local communities from increased noise and air pollution, nor will it resolve Heathrow Ltd's financial difficulties or the economic weakness in their expansion plans." Heathrow plan 'will be like third airport' ...
Heathrow airport: MPs vote in favour of expansion

Heathrow airport: MPs vote in favour of expansion

Business
MPs have backed controversial plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow airport. The government won a key vote in the Commons by 415 votes to 119 - a majority of 296. Tory MPs were under orders to support the government - but Boris Johnson, a leading opponent of expansion, missed the vote because he was in Afghanistan.Labour's official position was to oppose expansion, but its MPs were given a free vote. The SNP abstained.The vote was welcomed by business group the CBI as "a truly historic decision that will open the doors to a new era in the UK's global trading relationships". Kuenssberg: Real reason for Johnson's Afghan trip? 'Where's Boris?' shout Heathrow debate MPs But Greenpeace UK said it was ready to join a cross-party group of London cou...
Reports: USB stick with high-level security info of Heathrow airport found in street

Reports: USB stick with high-level security info of Heathrow airport found in street

World
Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A USB stick containing high-level security information details of London's Heathrow airport was found on the street by a pedestrian, according to reports.The Sunday Mirror first reported that the USB stick was found and that it contained information about Queen Elizabeth's route at the airport and security measures used to protect her, timetables for police patrols to guard against potential suicide bombers and terrorist attacks, and other security information for one of the world's busiest and most important airports.A spokesperson told CNN that airport authorities are looking into the potential security breach."We have reviewed all of our security plans and are confident that Heathrow remains secure," the spokesperson said. "We have also launched an internal investigatio...
Queen's secrets found in Heathrow data breach

Queen's secrets found in Heathrow data breach

Technology
Heathrow officials are investigating after a USB stick containing confidential data – including the exact route the Queen takes to the airport – was reportedly found in the street.A total of 76 folders were on the stick, including maps, videos and documents, the Sunday Mirror reported.None were encrypted or password protected.The newspaper said it contained details of the security measures in place to protect the Queen and the types of identification needed by those, including undercover police officers, wanting to access restricted areas.The files revealed routes and other safety measures for cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries, as well as timetables of patrols used to guard against suicide bombers and terror attacks.Maps of the exact locations of CCTV cameras, tunnels and escape sh