The “once in 10 years” is a regular feature.
Same at the beginning of this year, and this weather we have had for the last 3 years. Airports and countries around the world, are experiencing extremes of weather whatever their expected norms. The rest are well prepared for it, they anticipate it.
The Telegraph article does indicate it is Airlines responsibility to de-ice their planes.
Stockholm was reported to have a foot of snow yet remained open. Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, all seem very well prepared and we have all been through airports when systematic , de-icing of planes is carried out well, in much more extreme conditions. Snow blizards or ice, other countries manage to keep running, and other UK airports LCY, LGW manage better. I have taken off from Copenhagen in -24C on a propeller aircraft -they managed?
LHR remains a national disgrace, and a joke around the world. BAA clearly should replace in entirety the “Management” at LHR.They can not complain of being starved of resources with the amounts we pay to travel through there. Perhaps as has been said before on here, The Dutch or German teams should come in and take over its operations.
Travelling from Amsterdam Thurs eve, heavy snow blizards, the city canals iced over by the afternoon. Schipol had 4 de-icing stations with eight vehicles, taking 4 planes at a time, taking 10-15 minutes, with take off right after. The city canals were already iced over, yet the excellent strategy and operational procedures kick in, and all runs well. No strangling of resources, to fund profits there.
BAA have our money, and Airlines charge us enough in hidden charges to ensure they get what they need.
LHR grinds to a halt with any problem that other Airports manage. The long term strategy should be to look at a new airport as debated here many times. It has grown way beyond it’s capacity, and is beyond the capability of the current BAA Management. They should be shovelled aside, just like the snow they allow to accumulate for too long!