28 OCTOBER 2013


Readers are invited to add their comments to any story. Click on the article to see and add.


BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.


Email this Page

The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
© 2019 Business Travel News Ltd.

Article from BTNews 28 OCTOBER 2013

Mixed mode report

Disguised under the (ludicrous) title of Operational Freedoms Trial, Heathrow has published a final report on the mixed mode runway tests which took place during the summer.

Heathrow operates at nearly full capacity and is much more congested than competing major international airports.  Any disruption to schedules can lead to late-running flights, inconveniencing passengers and planes burning more fuel.

The trial was designed to understand whether a more flexible use of the airport's runways, in specific circumstances, could minimise this disruption.
The report concludes that, on balance, it delivered useful operational performance improvements in some areas.  Whilst they did not provide benefits significant enough to facilitate recovery from the most severe episodes of disruption, they did help to mitigate against, and recover more quickly from, less serious disruptive events.  The report suggests that specific operational freedoms be integrated into standard procedures as soon as practically possible, the use of which would be subject to strict qualifying criteria including the use of both runways for arrivals when disruptive conditions prevail.

The report recommended that aircraft could leave the designated departure route early to enable the next aircraft to depart sooner and that the southern runway be prioritised for A380s and T4 departures.  The Airport Commission has been sent a copy.  www.heathrow.com/noise

Index/Home page

OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum

No one has commented yet, why don't you start the ball rolling?

Add your comment

First Name
Email Address
Company (Not obligatory)
- You must be a registered subscriber using the email address entered to submit a comment, or you will be sent a confirmation email before your comment will appear.
- Your comment will be checked before appearing, which may take several working hours.