Heathrow takes steps to display green credentials
Fri, 28 Nov, 2008
London Heathrow Airport has said that is taking action to make its commitment to fighting climate change clearer to the public.
The airport said earlier this week that it was to ask the government to appoint an independent assessor to ensure the public can have confidence that it will meet noise and air quality limits should an expansion be approved.
It explained that the airport will only increase the number of flights it operates if it builds a third runway if these services allow it to meet environmental targets.
Heathrow is also taking steps to be more environmentally-friendly when it comes to aircraft stacking and runway queuing, it said.
"By calling on an independent assessor to scrutinise the airport's performance against these limits, we are providing an uncompromising assurance that we will operate Heathrow Airport within the limits laid down by government," explained Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA.
Meanwhile, a development scheme at Heathrow's Terminal 4 recently celebrated the topping out of a new check-in extension that will create more space for passengers.