Tuesday, December 21, 2010

LHR Weather Delays - Who Is To Blame

One of our favorite travel bloggers, David Rowell, The Travel Insider, has written a characteristically feisty column pointing the finger of blame at the owners of London's Heathrow Airport for their role in the collapse of the airport during the recent spate of bad weather.

Since that shutdown affected the travel plans of our own son, David, en route from a business trip to India - although fortunately he was rerouted and home in good time, albeit in the worst of coach seats - we found it intriguing.

This worth-reading article may be found here. A brief excerpt to whet your interest:

...Heathrow is owned by BAA (no relation to BA – BAA a company formerly known as British Airports Authority) which in turn is controlled and largely owned by a Spanish company, Ferrovial.

Let’s first look at whether Heathrow is proving to be profitable or not for BAA/Ferrovial. If Heathrow is losing money terribly, we arguably might accept weaker expectations for the standard of service provided at Heathrow than if it is profitable...

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