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Heathrow says airport border queues at ‘unacceptable level’

Heathrow says airport border queues at ‘unacceptable level’

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Yury BabinHeathrow Airport regularly sees queues of three hours and sometimes six hours at border control, according to Emma Gilthorpe, its chief operating officer. Earlier this month, passengers complained of waiting up to seven hours, which one said was "inhumane".But Border Force said many passengers were arriving without having bought mandatory Covid testing packages.The enforcement body added that people should only be travelling for limited reasons.Separately, hundreds of Heathrow passport control are set to take industrial action.Queue issuesUnions representing Border Force officials said the delays were partly caused by Covid restrictions requiring immigration officials to work in a bubble of 10.They said this prevented more staff being deployed if the border was particularly busy....
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