Reply To: LHR Snow Disruption – Jan 2010 Views

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No need; Heathrow has just opened its second runway, and the thaw has come.

It is quite clear to me that BAA should not provision to be able to to be fully functional throughout any snow event.

But BAA has failed to adequately provision to recover within a reasonable timeframe, and in the case of aircraft stand de-icing it was clear that almost zero capability existed, which is unacceptable. That needs to change and will require additional investment.

What is clear is that we simply must accept that a serious snow event at the busiest time of the year will cause some amount of disruption, and plan accordingly.

The balance of snow-preparedness investment currently being calculated by BAA plc is not correct, and needs to change.

But at the same time, they are investing millions in new terminals and other strategic planning at LHR, and the evidence of that is plain for all of us who actually use the airport regularly.

But the premise remains the same: given past trends it simply doesn’t make economic sense to invest to the levels which would provision the airport to handle virtually any snow event, that the weather seen most recently was exceptionally severe, if short-lived, and that simply opening up the chequebook does not solve LHR’s structural overcrowding issues.

I think the economists among us can sleep very soundly based on the analysis presented above.

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