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U.K. Airlines Concerned About Disruption During Olympics

March 17, 2012

The U.K.’s largest airlines, including British Airways Plc (IAG) and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., said they’re concerned about potential delays at London airports during the 2012 Olympic Games

“The industry believes that there is a significant risk of severe delay and disruption at all of London’s major airports unless urgent action is taken,” airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, British Midland International and EasyJet Plc (EZJ) said in a letter dated March 15 to U.K. Transport Secretary Justine Greening and other officials.

“Failure to respond leaves the U.K. vulnerable to the type of major disruption that will cause significant reputational damage and would be foolhardy and reckless,” the letter said.

The London Olympics will attract more than 320,000 foreign visitors, national tourism agency VisitBritain has said, citing a study conducted by Oxford Economics. Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris are also seeing an increase in travel during the Olympics period, Madrid-based Amadeus and Barcelona-based Forward Data said in a report this month.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ambereen Choudhury in London achoudhury@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dick Schumacher at dschumacher@bloomberg.net


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