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VintageKrug
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I agree with you FlyingChinaman, but naturally any operation must balance the cost of preparedness with its likelihood.

It is my belief that BAA plc (and to a lesser extent other airlines) haven’t got this balance right at present.

What is clear is that the best thing to do at present in such circumstances is to avoid people coming to the airport if at possible, by giving very clear forecasts about the operational capability of the airfield, and vary the flying programme accordingly.

Unfortunately, hysterical calls for “action NOW” are rather pointless as such things require many months to put in place.