For a long time now, London Heathrow airport has been the busiest terminal in the United Kingdom. More than 86 airlines operate from this terminal. 805 of the passengers and goods that come through the United Kingdom do through the Heathrow airport. However, recent regulations to be made by the airport have been severally criticized by the board of airlines. 42% of the airlines surveyed by the board agree that the air passenger duty as well as the Emissions Trading Scheme will have a negative effect on their already diminishing profits. The government’s taxation has had a negative impact on the growth of several airlines and hence the economy built on the airlines. Coupled with this is the restriction of expansion of the airlines. For decades now, the board has approached the government for permissions to include expansion slots for airlines that wish to do so, but such motions have been vetoed. The United Kingdom economy relies heavily on the importation and exportation of both goods and people, yet the busiest terminal for these activities is continuing to become a hindrance to airline owners. The need to find better policies is imminent, yet these are not scheduled for discussion until 2013.
SkyTeam the world’s largest global airline alliance revealed its new shared facilities at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4. Today 4 of the alliances airlines (Delta, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Kenya Airways) are operating out of the facility, with the remaining (Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, Czech Airlines and Korean Air) to move on 4 November. The full media release from SkyTeam can be read below: Today SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, unveiled its spacious, customer-focused facility at Terminal 4 at London Heathrow airport. The new facility includes an exclusive premium check-in area for first and business class passengers, premium economy passengers, as well as SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus passengers. Also unveiled today was the second level of the SkyTeam co-branded lounge. When the check-in area and second level of the lounge open to passengers on November 5 and November 9, respectively, the combined amenities will offer an enhanced experience for customers travelling through London Heathrow. SkyTeam is the first airline alliance to unveil a permanent, common facility in one terminal at London Heathrow. “This is the first time member airlines have worked together from start to finish to create a consolidated facility truly centered around the alliance and our passengers,” said Marie-Joseph Malé, managing director, SkyTeam. “Shared spaces like Heathrow demonstrate how, through collaboration, alliances can deliver added value to customers while realizing efficiencies for members.” Landside Space Designed for Flow The common alliance facility at Terminal 4 was designed to invoke movement through a modern look inspired by the SkyTeam brand. For the first time, all SkyTeam co-located members will share airport services, including check-in desks, self-service kiosks, and bag drop off locations. The premium check-in area, the first to be SkyTeam branded, will offer first and business class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus passengers 14 check-in desks and 10 common-use, self-service kiosks. By early 2010, passengers will be able to access travel reservations with any of the eight SkyTeam carriers serving London Heathrow at kiosks in the premium zone and throughout the terminal. Airside Lounge a First For Alliance Once airside, first and business class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers will enjoy access to the SkyTeam branded lounge, designed by Brandimage – Desgrippes & Laga. Services on the second level of the lounge will include: a quiet room with day beds; two VIP rooms; and a separate children’s area with games and television. The first floor, which opened in June, offers a variety of amenities including wine bar, oxygen bar and full-body massage chairs. An enhanced presence at London Heathrow will augment SkyTeam’s already superior global hub network. At London Heathrow, passengers can take advantage of several nonstop service options to SkyTeam’s hubs, such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Milan, Moscow, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome and Seoul. During the upcoming winter season, SkyTeam will operate 42 daily flights from Heathrow to several alliance hubs and key international destinations. Currently, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Kenya Airways are operating out of Terminal […]