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DfT Releases Airport Info For London 2012 Olympics  
User currently offlinegilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3055 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

Tried to do a search and couldn't see anything posted about this previously...

Came across a page on the Department for Transport website giving airport availability and suitability for non-scheduled traffic coming to the UK for the Olympic's in 2012...

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/london2012/airportoptions/

If you download the PDF, you will see a booklet giving info of airports within 2.5hrs drive of London and gives basic details of the airport, facilities and what traffic they could handle...

Made me smile how they have listed small airports like Sywell, near Northampton/Wellingborough about 2 miles from where I live. Also they reckon airports like BHX and LTN are capable of handling the A380!

If an A380 landed at LTN, on its 7000ft runway, not sure it would be able to get airbourne again, and remain at the airport as a museum piece!  

Also seems LHR is out of bounds for all additional traffic for the Olympic's, and traffic will have to use other airports. I think STN is going to be the massive winner here, being the nearest major airport to the Olympic village. It has seen its passenger numbers drop in recent years, meaning there is quite a large amount of spare capacity, a 9,000ft + long runway and good infastructure. Other airports I reckon will benefit will be SEN, LTN and LGW.

Southampton and Bournmouth should do well, with the sailing all taking place on the south coast near Weymouth.

Even though airports like EMA and BHX m ight seem a long way from London to benefit from Olympic traffic, it is conceivable olympic teams might fly into these airports, as a number of countries are basing their training teams in the Midlands. For example here in Northamptonshire, it has been talked about the Indian swimming team might be based at Corby to benefit from the new East Midlands International Swimming Pool that recently opened.

[Edited 2011-06-08 16:35:14]

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21875 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
If an A380 landed at LTN, on its 7000ft runway, not sure it would be able to get airbourne again, and remain at the airport as a museum piece!

It definitely would be able to get airborne again. Would have to stop for refueling pretty soon, but it would have no problem getting off the ground.

Where it would fit when on the ground would probably be the bigger issue.

-Mir



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User currently offlineAuchmithie From UK - England, joined Sep 2010, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1387 times:

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
Also they reckon airports like BHX and LTN are capable of handling the A380

EK have already operated a one-off A380 DXB-BHX-DXB. It was connected with a new pier/lounge opening at
BHX.


User currently offlinefcogafa From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 889 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1346 times:

Reads like one big advertisment, each airfield seems to have been given the chance to 'talk themselves up', with a few suspect claims in there!

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