Entries in Heathrow Airport (4)


London Dreamliner Fire Not Related to Previous Battery Problems

Duncan Chard/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LONDON) -- There is still no word as to what caused Friday's fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at London's Heathrow Airport, but British Aviation officials say that it was not linked to battery problems which had previously grounded the Dreamliners.

Officials told ABC News that there is "no evidence of a direct causal relationship" between Friday's fire and the previous battery issues.

A fire onboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner shut down runways at London's Heathrow Airport on Friday. There were no passengers on board the plane at the time of the fire.

In a statement, the U.K.'s Air Accidents Investigation Branch made clear that the investigation is expected to take several days. Based on initial evidence, officials say that the upper portion of the rear fuselage of the plane suffered extensive heat damage.

"However, it is clear that this heat damage is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and Auxiliary Power Unity batteries are located," says the Air Accidents Investigation Branch's statement.

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UK Immigration Staff Calls off Planned Strike on Eve of Olympics

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Travelers flying into London just in time for the summer Olympic Games will be spared from massive delays at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.

The union representing British border guards on Wednesday called off a planned strike after it made progress in talks with the government over pay and job cuts.

Had the immigration staff walked out on their jobs on the eve of the Olympics, it surely would have caused headaches for the hundreds of tourists flying into Heathrow on what's expected to be one of the airport's busiest days ever.

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European Travel Turmoil Easing But Cancellations Persist

Photo Courtesy - Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Europe's Christmas travel chaos is finally starting to ease after freezing temperatures and heavy snow closed airports and stranded thousands, but it's still far from smooth sailing for many weary travelers.

Traveler David Sorrell, at London's Heathrow Airport, described the scene as "atrocious."  He said people were intoxicated, sleeping on the floor, and shouting.

"It's like a refugee camp," Sorrell added.
Both runways are now open at Heathrow, and the airport is slowly chipping away at the large backlog of passengers.  But as airport commercial director John Holland-Kaye said, some problems, such as planes and crews being out of place, persist.

"We've been working hard with the airlines to have a limited schedule," Holland-Kaye said.  "So we have reduced the number of flights at the moment for each airline by a third and that's the first time that's ever been done by any airport in the world."

Conditions similar to those at Heathrow can be found elsewhere in Europe, where things are improving but places like Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France still anticipate a few flight cancellations.

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Snow Leaves Thousands of Travelers Stranded in Europe

Photo Courtesy - Peter Macdiarmid/ Getty Images(LONDON) -- Freezing temperatures and heavy snow across Europe has caused travel turmoil, closing airports and stranding thousands, including Americans, who are worried they won't make it home for Christmas.

All weekend, the weather has virtually shut down the region's busiest airport, Heathrow Airport outside London.  About 650 departures were scheduled to take off at Heathrow, but only 16 made it out.  The British Airports Authority urged travelers not to come to the airport unless they are sure their flight will leave.

At Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, 40 percent of flights were canceled Sunday and at Frankfurt 500 flights were canceled.

Thousands of travelers were left stranded and prompted hundreds to camp out at the airport.  Many people were seen sleeping under aluminum blankets and on carpets.

An estimated 400,000 passengers were expected to pass through Heathrow over the weekend but very few made it to their final destinations.

Airport officials have cleared the runways, but there's still snow and ice around the gates.

More snow and low temperatures are forecast over the next few days.

A million more passengers are scheduled to pass through Heathrow this week.

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