As the UK’s biggest and busiest airport, Heathrow is constantly having to meet the challenge of an ever-increasing number of air travellers, as well as having to fulfil its role as part of the country’s trade infrastructure.
Expansion seems the natural solution to dealing with these issues and Heathrow is currently planning to introduce a third runway at a cost of £14bn. However, although it will allow for an additional 25,000 flights a year, there is a robust effort by certain groups to prevent the runway from being constructed.
These include a consortium of local authorities, London’s mayor, Sadiq Kahn and the Greenpeace movement. The general feeling is that a third runway will put a greater strain on the already embattled environment.
The Paris agreement, to which the UK is a signatory, calls on all countries to, significantly, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to counteract the global warming that threatens our planet. Environmentalists argue that a third runway at Heathrow will not allow the UK to reach its goal of cutting these dangerous emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, which could have a catastrophic impact on the ecosystem, as well as to the health of the population affected by the increase in noise levels that would arise.
The matter is currently being heard in the high court. In Heathrow’s defence, it has thrown out a £30,000 challenge to anyone who has innovative ideas on how to reduce its carbon footprint. It has also launched a Centre of Excellence, which encourages a number of universities to develop ideas that will provide meaningful and sustainable steps to counter our impact on the planet.
LHR stands ready to translate ideas into action. While it does so, the airport has not neglected to welcome passengers warmly and to provide them with a unique travel experience including world class car rental from one of its many reputable car hire on and off site operators.
Heathrow is currently wowing passengers at its terminal five with the 13-metre high skeleton of what is believed to be a new species of dinosaur that is estimated to have roamed the earth approximately 155 million years ago.
The fact that this cousin of the diplodocus has a clear imprint of its skin makes it the only one of its kind. This, together with the sheer scale of the skeleton, is certain to leave Easter travellers, particularly children, awestruck and well entertained.
From Heathrow the skeleton will be taken to Aguttes, the French auction house where collectors are expected to bid in excess of £2 million for the privilege of owning a well-preserved example of one of the earliest inhabitants of this planet. One wonders what it would make of the steel birds that fly with such thunderous shrieks in and out of Heathrow.