Heathrow named London 2012 airport
Friday 12 August 2011
Heathrow Airport became the 42nd domestic sponsor of the London 2012 Games today.
It is expected that about 80% of all the people who will travel to the Games will go through the airport. This includes athletes, officials, sponsors, media and spectators.
The deal makes Heathrow London 2012's official host airport.
The "first impression will reflect London 2012 in terms of branding but crucially by providing the warmest of welcomes to the city", London 2012's commercial director Chris Townsend said.
The day after the Olympic closing ceremony - August 13 2012 - is set to be Heathrow's busiest day ever.
About 218,000 bags should leave the airport, compared with 160,000 on the previous busiest day.
Around 15% of the bags will be outsize sporting equipment such as canoes, vaulting poles or bikes, which cannot be processed through normal baggage systems.
Baggage drop facilities at the Olympic village, shipping some baggage as freight, and building a temporary Olympic terminal, which would be taken down after the Games, are some of the options being considered to try to cope with the extra demand.
Heathrow is recruiting 1,000 volunteers - via http://www.teamheathrow.com - from local communities to greet the athletes, VIPs and spectators.
BAA chief executive Colin Matthews described London 2012 as "Heathrow's greatest challenge".
He said: "Every part of the airport is working together so we can give the world's greatest athletes the world's greatest welcome."
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
- 2 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 3 Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
Circa £26,500 DOE: Guru Careers: An International Project Coordinator / Accoun...
£25k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Plumber / Mainten...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...
£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking for an exciting...