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  • Heathrow runway: MPs to probe climate, pollution and noise impacts
    Heathrow runway: MPs to probe climate, pollution and noise impacts Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Climate change, air pollution and noise impacts of a third runway at Heathrow will be scrutinised by the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee. More »

  • Drone Pilots Warned After Near Miss With Jet
    Drone Pilots Warned After Near Miss With Jet Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Collisions between drones and planes are becoming "increasingly likely" and could have "extremely serious consequences", the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned. It comes after a series of near misses between unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and passenger jets between May 2014 and March this year. In July 2014, an Airbus A320 coming into land at Heathrow nearly hit a drone. More »

  • Heathrow expansion is just a sticking plaster solution
    Heathrow expansion is just a sticking plaster solution Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    This is, in my view, a sticking plaster solution for the short term. According to figures published last month in the Global Destination Cities Index, London is once again the number one city to visit in the world. The report claims something like 18.82 million international visitors will visit London during 2015, which puts us ahead of Paris, Singapore and even Dubai. More »

  • Munich airport gets clearance for third runway; environmentalists fight on
    Munich airport gets clearance for third runway; environmentalists fight on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Munich airport, Germany's second largest and a key base for Lufthansa, won approval on Wednesday for its plans to build a third runway when a federal court rejected the remaining appeals against it. Airport expansion is a hot topic in Europe, pitting local residents and environmentalists against carriers and airports facing increased global competition. Protesters this week disrupted flights at London's Heathrow after a commission recommended the government to build a third runway there to end decades of wrangling and indecision. More »

  • London's Gatwick Airport attacks Heathrow expansion report
    London's Gatwick Airport attacks Heathrow expansion report Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - London's Gatwick Airport said it was still in contention to be chosen as the site for a much-needed new runway in southeast England, dismissing a report recommending expansion at Heathrow as flawed and stoking a political battle over the issue. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will make a decision on whether a new runway should be built at Britain's largest airport Heathrow [FERHT.UL] or Gatwick by the end of the year, an issue which divides the ruling Conservative party. Heathrow was recommended as the site for a new runway by an independent government-appointed commission earlier in July, but Gatwick said on Tuesday that the numbers in the report were flawed and it would be writing to Cameron. More »

  • Fuel leak alert ignored by air crew
    Fuel leak alert ignored by air crew Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Aircraft technicians for a flight which was forced to conduct an emergency landing at Heathrow might have been fatigued, while cabin crew failed to act on concerns from alarmed passengers about the state of the plane, an investigation has shown. More »

  • 13 charged over Heathrow runway climate protest
    13 charged over Heathrow runway climate protest Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Thirteen people were charged Tuesday after climate change protesters accessed a runway at Heathrow Airport and staged a demonstration against a proposed airport expansion that caused flight cancellations and delays. More »

  • Heathrow runway demo - 13 charged
    Heathrow runway demo - 13 charged Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Thirteen people have been charged in connection with a climate change protest which caused delays at Heathrow Airport. More »

  • 13 detained in Heathrow airport protest over expansion
    13 detained in Heathrow airport protest over expansion Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Police detained more than a dozen climate change activists at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday after the demonstrators breached the perimeter fence to stage a protest on the northern runway. More »

  • Climate change activists protest on Heathrow runway
    Climate change activists protest on Heathrow runway Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A group of climate change activists cut through a perimeter fence at London Heathrow airport on Monday to stage a protest on one of its two runways, causing cancellations and delays to flights, officials said. More »

  • Heathrow Flights Hit By Protesters On Runway
    Heathrow Flights Hit By Protesters On Runway Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Climate change activists caused delays and cancellations at Heathrow after they got onto the north runway and locked themselves together in protest at airport expansion. A spokesman for direct action group Plane Stupid said around 13 demonstrators cut through the airport perimeter fence to occupy the runway at 3.30am on Monday. The other protesters were moved to a safe area. More »

  • Demonstrators at Heathrow protest airport expansion
    Demonstrators at Heathrow protest airport expansion Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Police removed climate change activists at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday after the demonstrators breached the perimeter fence to stage a protest on the northern runway. More »

  • Delays to Irish flights after protesters occupy Heathrow runway
    Delays to Irish flights after protesters occupy Heathrow runway Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Services have been disrupted by a runway demonstration. More »

  • Heathrow cancels flights after protesters get on runway
    Heathrow cancels flights after protesters get on runway Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    By Sarah Young and Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - Heathrow Airport was forced to cancel 13 flights on Monday after activists cut through a perimeter fence and chained themselves together on a runway to protest against the possible expansion of Britain's biggest airport. In a stunt which raised questions about the security of Europe's busiest airport, a group of at least 12 activists said it took only minutes to get through the apparently unguarded wire fence at around 0230 GMT allowing them access to the northern runway. "These individuals have since been removed by police," Heathrow Airport said in a statement. More »

  • Occupations, Parliament Protests - And Throwing Custard At Mandelson... Who …
    Occupations, Parliament Protests - And Throwing Custard At Mandelson... Who … Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Their protests have also stopped stopped private jets at Biggin Hill, London City and Edinburgh airports More »

  • London's Heathrow says some flights will be cancelled due to runway pro … Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - London's Heathrow Airport said it may have to cancel some flights on Monday as police tried to remove activists who had gained access to a runway to protest against the possible expansion of the airport. "Both runways are open, although there will still be delays and a few cancellations," the airport said in an emailed statement. Heathrow was selected as the site for a new runway in south east England earlier this month. (Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge) More »

  • Protest sparks Heathrow disruption
    Protest sparks Heathrow disruption Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Travellers have been warned to expect disruption as climate change activists stage a protest on the north runway at Heathrow Airport. More »

  • London airports: Amazing animation shows over 3,000 flights made every day across …
    London airports: Amazing animation shows over 3,000 flights made every day across … Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    An amazing animation has been released which shows the thousands of planes that fill London's airspace every single day. The time-lapse video created by UK air navigation service provider Nats, shows how over 3,000 planes take off and land at London's six runways every 24 hours. 60% of the roughly 2 million flights made over UK airspace every year take place over London's skies, with 1.2 million planes arriving or departing from one of London's five main airports - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton and London City. More »

  • England's 'Lionesses' home after strong World Cup showing
    England's 'Lionesses' home after strong World Cup showing Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    By Douglas Beattie LONDON (Reuters) - England's players were met by adoring fans on Monday at London's Heathrow Airport when they returned home from the Women's World Cup in Canada where they finished third. Family, friends and supporters were on hand to welcome Mark Sampson's team back to home soil after an overnight flight. Having lost their opening group game to France, England then beat Mexico and Colombia before defeating Norway and hosts Canada in the knockout stages. More »

  • UK Set To Sizzle Again But Not Before Storms
    UK Set To Sizzle Again But Not Before Storms Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Warm, dry weather is expected to continue in the South and South East, with the odd patchy shower, but heavy rain and storms are likely in much of the North and West of England, Wales and Scotland until around Wednesday. The mercury this week is unlikely to hit the highs of last week's record-breaking temperatures of 36.7C (98.1F), recorded at Heathrow, while many other areas broke the 30C (86F) mark. Temperatures today will reach around 22C in the South East and London and 20C in Scotland. More »

  • Flash Flooding Warning As Weather Stays Warm
    Flash Flooding Warning As Weather Stays Warm Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The temperatures are unlikely to reach the levels of Wednesday when Heathrow recorded 36.7C (98.1F), but thermometers on Friday could hit the high 20s in southern England, in central areas and south Wales. On Saturday, some areas in the south and east of England could go even higher, with most areas in the north, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland seeing the mercury rising into the high teens or low 20s on both days. But the Met Office is warning that the high temperatures could be followed by spectacular storms which have the potential to cause flash flooding. More »

  • UK woman charged with being member of Islamic State, girl held Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    British police said on Thursday they had charged a woman with being a member of Islamic State and inciting terrorism on social media, and in a separate case had arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of a terrorism offence. The woman, 26, from Burton upon Trent in central England who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at London's Heathrow Airport in February after arriving on a flight from Turkey. West Midlands Police said she had been charged with publishing messages on Twitter in October last year which encouraged people to commit or prepare acts of terrorism, and being a member of the banned organisation Islamic State (IS). More »

  • Notorious 'Goldfinger' Conman Found Shot Dead
    Notorious 'Goldfinger' Conman Found Shot Dead Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A murder investigation has been opened into the death of a notorious timeshare fraudster who was nicknamed "Goldfinger". John Palmer, 64, was found dead by his family in South Weald, Brentwood, on 24 June but paramedics did not realise he had been shot because he had had open-heart surgery. Palmer was cleared of handling proceeds from Britain's most notorious gold robbery at the Brink's-Mat warehouse in Heathrow in 1983, but his alleged involvement earned him the nickname "Goldfinger". More »

  • Political Times: Heathrow row takes off, driving instructors caught out and …
    Political Times: Heathrow row takes off, driving instructors caught out and … Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    This week, the Airports Commission published its final report into London's airport capacity issue. The independent group, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, backed a plan to build a third runway at Heathrow. The issue is a touchy for David Cameron, as London's mayor, Boris Johnson, opposes the move. More »

  • How Hot Are You? Britain's Top Temperatures
    How Hot Are You? Britain's Top Temperatures Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    It's official! Today is the hottest day in the UK for nine years - and the hottest July day ever recorded - after London's Heathrow Airport notched up 36.7C (98.06F). That temperature, recorded this afternoon, easily beat the previous high for this year - 33C (91.4F) set in Jersey on Tuesday. While the heatwave is expected to peak in London and the South East , other parts of the country are also basking in temperatures in the late 20s and early 30s. More »

  • Britain Basks In Hottest July Day On Record
    Britain Basks In Hottest July Day On Record Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Britain has experienced its hottest day of the decade today, with parts of the UK warmer than Barcelona and Athens. Temperatures hit 36.7C (98.06F) at Heathrow Airport - the hottest recorded for nine years and the highest July temperature ever recorded. Most of Britain saw temperatures of between 30C (86F) and 33C (91.4F) and the beach weather will continue into the weekend, although Thursday will be slightly cooler. More »

  • Family Of 12 Feared To Have Gone To Syria
    Family Of 12 Feared To Have Gone To Syria Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A family of 12 people from Luton may have travelled to Syria after failing to return from a holiday in Bangladesh. The group flew to Bangladesh from Heathrow on 10 April and were due to fly back via Istanbul, the first port of call in Turkey for many would-be jihadi recruits heading to Syria, on 14 May. They were named as Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, his wife Minera Khatun, 53, of Spencer Road, Luton, their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21, and sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, his wife Sheida Khanam, 27, Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, along with three children, aged between one and 11. More »

  • FTSE rebounds off 5-1/2 month lows; airlines rally
    FTSE rebounds off 5-1/2 month lows; airlines rally Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top equity index bounced back from five-and-a-half month lows on Wednesday, lifted by airline stocks that were boosted by lower oil prices and a recommendation for a new runway at London's Heathrow airport. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up by 80.88 points, or 1.2 percent, at 6,601.86 points by the close. EasyJet British Airways' owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) and travel group TUI advanced 2.4-3 percent. More »

  • Heathrow Runway Decision By End Of Year - PM
    Heathrow Runway Decision By End Of Year - PM Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The Prime Minister has said he will decide by the end of the year whether or not to expand Heathrow. The Airports Commission has named the airport as the preferred site for a new runway after a three-year investigation. In its report, the Commission said a third runway at Heathrow would ensure the UK's "long-term prosperity" while resulting in the loss of fewer homes. More »

  • UK hottest day: Is it hot enough to fry an egg outside?
    UK hottest day: Is it hot enough to fry an egg outside? Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The UK has experienced its hottest day for nine years, with temperatures in some parts of the country exceeding 36 degrees Celsius. Reports of melting roads begin bubbling late in the morning and just before midday, Northolt in London hit 34.5C – the hottest temperature the UK has seen since 2006. This was beaten several hours later, when the Met Office announced 36.7C had been recorded at Heathrow. More »

  • Britain to decide on new Heathrow runway by end of year
    Britain to decide on new Heathrow runway by end of year Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will make a final decision on a 23 billion pound ($36 billion) plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport by the end of the year, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a political battle over the issue. Few disagree that London needs a new runway to remain economically competitive, but its location has been disputed for over 25 years and the proposal to expand Britain's busiest airport has stoked tensions in the ruling Conservative party. Cameron set the deadline after a government-appointed commission selected Heathrow, in densely populated west London, as the preferred location for expansion, following a three-year study. More »

  • Airports commission recommends expanding Heathrow Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Airports Commission unanimously recommended the construction of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday in a long-awaited report on how best to expand the country's aviation capacity. More »

  • PMQS verdict: Harman wrong-foots Cameron with declaration of war on Heathro …
    PMQS verdict: Harman wrong-foots Cameron with declaration of war on Heathro … Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Ed Miliband had threatened to leave Cabinet over Heathrow. Harriet Harman has none of those problems. With certain key pre-publicised conditions, the Labour party is going to support Heathrow expansion, barring a significant change of heart from a new leader. More »

  • Cameron says to rule on extra London airport capacity by year-end Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he would take a decision by the end of this year on how London's airport capacity will be expanded and would study a recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow. Cameron was speaking after a government-appointed commission said a third runway should be constructed at London's Heathrow Airport in a report set to create a political headache for the prime minister. "A decision will made before the end of the year," Cameron told parliament. More »

  • Residents Vow To 'See Off' Heathrow Third Runway
    Residents Vow To 'See Off' Heathrow Third Runway Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Residents and politicians say they will continue to fight expansion of Heathrow, despite many in the business community welcoming the Airport Commission's decision to recommend a third runway. The Airports Commission has recommended a third runway be built, instead of extending an existing runway or building a second runway at Gatwick. John Stewart, chairman of local protest group HACAN, said: "This is far from the end of the story. More »