Heathrow Airport's snow ploughs mobilised
Mon, 29 Nov, 2010
Heathrow Airport has announced the steps it is taking to combat this year's onset of winter.
Following an additional investment of half a million pounds, the facility will run daily checks of runway and taxiing areas, as well as to applying de-icer and clearing any snowfall.
As this winter is expected to be as cold as last, teams have been working year-round to ensure Heathrow Airport is ready for the extreme weather conditions which may occur.
An innovative new computer system is also on hand to measure the amount of the specialist de-icing fluid the hub uses in place of grit, which could potentially damage aircrafts' engines.
Heathrow Airport was the only major UK facility not to close during last year's adverse weather conditions and retains more than 60 vehicles and staff solely to keep its runways clear.
This comes after Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 received a Travel Agents Choice award for best airport.