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Re: [gamesmonitor] Helipads for Stratford ? / Availability of Border Agency staff

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  • paul hodge
    It was widely reported in the aviation press and beyond earlier this year that a no fly zone for all but essential military and police air traffic is to be
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      It was widely reported in the aviation press and beyond earlier this year that a no fly zone for all but essential military and police air traffic is to be imposed over the skies of East London well before and during the London 2012 Games.
       
      A quote from an article in Aviation Week in May:
       
       'Helicopter operators were confident that the 2012 London Olympics would bring boom times as they whisked VIPs across the city. It isn’t going to happen. Ideas such as using the Royal Navy’s recently decommissioned aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal as a floating heliport came to nought. There will be no civil heliport facilities anywhere near the Olympic Park'.
       
       
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      From: henderti
      Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 6:21 PM
      Subject: [gamesmonitor] Helipads for Stratford ? / Availability of Border Agency staff

       

      I've just come across the February 2010 Atkins report for DfT on
      "Air Traffic Review and Airport Capacity Assessment Associated with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics"

      http://www.manstonairport.com/userfiles/files/planning/100226-D-Atkins_London_2012_Airport_Capacity_Study_Report_final.pdf

      A couple of snippets :

      The business aviation clients visiting the UK will expect to be able to transfer directly from their arrival airport by helicopter to a venue close to the Olympic Games or central London; due to the distance between their arrival airport and the Olympic Park and time that would be required to make a road or rail based transfer.

      A number of airports identified their concern with the apparent lack of helicopter facilities being provided close to Stratford to support the 2012 Games. In relation to this a number of parties are investigating opportunities to provide additional helipad capacity close to the 2012 Olympic Park.

      Airports were keen to understand the wider preparations being made by the Government and in particular the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in relation to the additional demand generated by the Olympics. In particular those airports that operate on a ―Certificate of
      Agreement‖ basis wanted to be re-assured that sufficient UKBA staff would be available to process the expected up turn in flights.

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