Heatrow Airport is getting ready for the Olympic Games
By Editor - Thu May 24, 6:45 pm
It is estimated that 500,000 people will be flying into London for the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.
This figures include 100,000 athletes, 20,000 members of the media and 150 heads of state. Most of them will arrive London via Heathrow.
Heatrow Airport will be the start and finish line for the bulk of visitors, giving the country’s biggest airport its busiest day ever.
Heatrow is ready for Aug 13.
That day will be Monday 13 August, the day after the closing ceremony and the day 65% of visitors are planning to leave.
Some 200,000 bags will be squeezed on to the baggage system – that’s 35% more than on a normal day and about 13,000 more than it is designed to handle.
Of those bags, 15,000 will be oversized – full of canoes, javelins, bikes and poles for the pole vault. There will also be more than 980 firearms to check, plus ammunition.
The Paralympics is a third of the size of the main event but it is still a huge challenge.
The Chinese team are arriving on 27 different planes and they’ll probably need an extra plane at the end to carry all their medals”
Heathrow will have to deal with a month’s worth of wheelchair users in just a week – about 1,800 in total.
Thirteen new scissor lifts and 100 new ramps have been deployed to load and unload wheelchairs while there are six new powered stair climbers to move large electric wheelchairs.
Two-hundred extra staff will welcome the Paralympians and help with the biggest challenge of all – making sure every athlete is reunited quickly with their chair.
Airlineberg via By Richard Westcott,BBC