The Cash Cost of London?s Airline Scare
Posted on Sep 10, 2006
BAA, which operates London?s Heathrow Airport, is set to announce losses of 20 million pounds due to the recent terror alert. British Airways has already announced 40 million pounds in losses, following the cancellation of flights?thousands at Heathrow alone?and restrictive security measures.
Following the alert on 10 August, passengers were barred from taking any hand luggage onto planes, except for one small plastic bag.
Although the rules were subsequently relaxed, allowing people to carry one item of hand luggage the size of laptop computer on board, the security measures were fiercely criticised by airlines.
Ryanair is seeking £3.3m in compensation from the government, claiming the restrictions were excessive, unevenly applied and damaged its business.