London 2012 Olympics could cause chaos at Heathrow, MPs warn


The Olympics could be a challenge too far for Heathrow’s strained capacity and border agency staff, MPs have warned.

The Commons culture, media and sport committee has raised the spectre of long immigration queues and planes unable to unload passengers this summer. In a leaked letter to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the committee’s chairman, John Whittingdale, says delays would “deter tourists from returning”.

Two committee members were briefed by Heathrow’s owner, BAA, which expressed the common view of airport operators that the border agency was making passengers wait too long.

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