A very nicely presented history of one of the greatest airports in the world, its challenges and its prospects. The author has provided a comprehensive history of London Heathrow which is also a history of post-war air transport development – Highly Recommended
NAME: Heathrow Airport, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow FILE: R2977 AUTHOR: Alan Gallop PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 257 PRICE: £25.oo GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, post war air travel, commercial airliners, scheduled flights, mass transit airports, national airport, major airports, 1st London Airport, Heathrow, West Drayton, international air-hub, pollution, controversy, expansion, development of air travel, BAOC, BEA, British Airways, premium air travel, Concorde, national carriers
IMAGE: B2977.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y3lzs8gr LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A very nicely presented history of one of the greatest airports in the world, its challenges and its prospects. The author has provided a comprehensive history of London Heathrow which is also a history of post-war air transport development – Highly Recommended The author offers a well researched and written history of one of the most important airports in the world, considering the challenges met and overcome, the opportunities and constraints for the future. From a muddy airfield, with some very primitive accommodation and a collection of converted bombers, new aircraft, derived from bombers, and the first attempts at producing next generation airliners and freight aircraft, London Heathrow has grown into one of the largest and most important modern airports in the world. This has not been without its problems and controversies which linger on. Britain is a natural hub on the edge of Europe for business and for air travel. Even attempts by the European Union to move power, funds and influence out of Britain, have failed to move the hub to France or Germany. With Great Britain due to emerge once more as a proud, dynamic, prosperous sovereign State, the pressures on Heathrow and the other London airports will increase dramatically. This analysis of Heathrow's history and prospects is a very useful guide to the pressures that will also apply to other British airports that may again host supersonic passenger transportation. It is also a charming and absorbing account that is supported by many photographs and a very attractive colour plate section with photographs and reproductions of posters and paintings from the past. For Centuries, London has been the major financial and commercial hub for the World. At each stage in history it has adapted, expanded and embraced new technologies. Many of the most important phrases in trade and transport contracts have been written by the major London law firms. The advent of the aircraft therefore required London to add an air-hub, initially at Croydon, for pre-WWII commercial air transport with Imperial Airways providing services to most corners of the Globe. The basic challenge was that a London Airport had to be close enough to the City of London to make travel into London attractive, or at least acceptable, but be far enough outside to minimise the inconvenience of aircraft noise and safety issues. It is a challenge that every capital city faces in every country and a challenge that is met without satisfying every vested interest. Heathrow was almost an accidental selection but it was in an area where its impact was just about acceptable. Today, a continuous bead chain of large jet airliners runs closely over a heavily populated area at almost rooftop height in the final approach, with a similar densely filled chain taking off. This operation continues through 24 hours everyday with little relief. As the density of movements reaches saturation point there are only two options. One is to add a further runway and terminal buildings at Heathrow, and the alternative is to build or expand another London Airport. Inevitably, space for new airports is scare in an overcrowded island and brings the inconvenience and damage of heavy air movements to previously unspoilt locations. It also requires new road and rail infrastructure to ensure the travel times into and out of London are acceptable to travellers. It is essentially a set of requirements that are incompatible and solutions become decisions that generate the lowest level of distress, inconvenience and anxiety. Usually it means that no one is really happy with the result. The author answers many questions, provides new insight and provides an interesting and entertaining book.