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Airlines slam BAA reaction to snow chaos

first_img whatsapp Airlines slam BAA reaction to snow chaos Share KCS-content whatsapp HEATHROW operator BAA came in for stiff criticism in front of the transport select committee yesterday, with airlines slamming the firm’s handling of the snow in December. Executives from Virgin Atlantic and British Airways told the committee that BAA’s organisation problems left thousands stranded. “At the end of the day, if the airport operators do not provide a service to us it is our customers that suffer and that is a situation that is not acceptable to us,” said BA’s operations director Andrew Lord.Virgin chief executive Steve Ridgway said communication between BAA and airlines had been poor compared to Gatwick, which he said worked more closely with carriers to minimise disruption.Both Virgin and BA called for rules that would allow the government to fine airports for poor performance. BAA chief executive Colin Matthews was apologetic, telling the committee: “We had planned for six centimetres of snow, in the event we got far more than that… We should have had a plan which envisaged much more snow.”BAA is due to publish its own report on the snow delays later this month. Ferrovial, BAA’s Spanish parent, also said yesterday it was studying offers for a 10 per cent stake in BAA, put up for sale to help pay Ferrovial’s debts. Chinese operator HNA was yesterday seen as a leading contender, though a Ferrovial spokesperson said no decision has been made. center_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusDental Implants | Search AdsNew Dental Implant Prices For Seniors May Surprise YouDental Implants | Search AdsBestWomensMag.com15 Abandoned Places on Earth that Will Leave You StunnedBestWomensMag.comHealth.recetasget5 Common Cancer Signs to Pay Attention ToHealth.recetasgetDaily Finance StoriesRemember Monica Lewinsky? Take A Look At Her Net Worth At Age 47Daily Finance StoriesDaily Sport XCelebrity Couples Who Are In It For The Long HaulDaily Sport X Tuesday 8 March 2011 8:03 pmlast_img read more

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