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Heathrow ready for Olympic push

25 May 2012 08:59

Heathrow is confident it can handle the extra traffic

Heathrow is confident it can handle the extra traffic

Heathrow Airport is confident that it can cope with the vastly increasing number of passengers and luggage that will be processed during the Olympics.

The airport has ploughed over £20 million into the 2012 Olympics to make sure that it can accommodate the increase in queues and security risk. Heathrow is bracing itself for August 13 which will be its busiest ever day (the day after the closing ceremony).

The 13th will see more passengers and baggage processed at Heathrow than ever before, with 137,800 people expected to leave with 200,000 bags instead of the normal 150,000. Travel insurance is vital for any trip abroad to cover loss and damage.

The authorities have reassured people that they will not be put under duress because of problems with the UK's borders, while the risk to its airspace can be picked up in minutes. They also reiterated that security measures are proportional to the risks.

Head of Olympic and Paralympic planning at Heathrow, Nick Cole, said that around 80% of all visitors will pass through in a "unique operational challenge".