Communication breakdown' blamed for Heathrow snow chaos

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  1. sobore
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    16,545 breakdown' blamed for Heathrow snow chaos

    British Airways and Virgin Atlantic today blamed a breakdown in communication with BAA for the chaos at Heathrow during the December snow.
    Speaking to MPs on the transport select committee in Parliament this morning, they said information given out was inaccurate and conflicting, and often went to the media first rather than the airlines.

    Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway added: “There were conflicting messages and inaccurate information, which exacerbated the situation.

    “It was a galling on the Tuesday (December 21) to hear from the Prime Minister that the airport was open because passengers thought it was business as usual, but it wasn’t true.”
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    communication issues would surely worsen the situation but is hardly the cause.
    Fact still remains that the OSL snow plowers would've easily cleared Heathrow in 30 minutes.
    Sure equipment costs, but how much do they lose in this chaos?
    (By the way, if anyone saw the infamous Top Gear dominator episode (BBC show), their idea to turn idle harvesters into snow-plowers in the winter is actually not such a bad idea, and could be a win-win for both the farmers and the airport. The flamethrower de-icing system is mandatory, ofcourse :D)
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