Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye has warned that Britain may lose its crown as home to the biggest international airport in Europe within the next ten years.
Mr Holland-Kaye is concerned that the UK’s hub isn’t growing as fast as its mainland competitiors’ and claims lack of capacity will see Britain relegated to being “on the branch-line to growth” having to fly via Paris, Frankfurt or Istanbul to get to emerging markets.
According to the airport boss, Britain needs more flights to more cities than France, Germany and the Netherlands to win the race for jobs and growth that will otherwise go to international competitors.
Recent statistics reveal that compared to Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, Heathrow showed the lowest traffic growth rate, added the least number of previously unserved destinations to its schedule and has been unable to increase the number of airlines operating from it this winter.
A heaven ‘scent’ distraction
Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 has been operating at full capacity for just two weeks now and amongst its new shops and restaurants is a giant ‘scent globe’.
The scent globe gives travellers a whiff of South Africa, Japan, China, Thailand and Brazil.
“These specially created scents will give passengers travelling through Terminal 2 an exclusive preview of destinations that only Heathrow connects to,” Heathrow chief operating officer Normand Boivin said.
So what does the world smell like?
But one is left wondering what scents epitomize Australia. Eucalyptus and the beach? Beer and sunscreen?
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