With the London Olympics now less than two weeks away, Heathrow Airport’s Public Affairs Team says that today, Monday July 16, is expected to be its busiest day yet for Games family arrivals. With close to 237,000 passengers expected, it will also be the busiest day in the Heathrow’s history, although not for long. The London 2012 Olympic Games mean that even busier days are expected, including August 13, the day after the event’s closing ceremony.
Heathrow’s management team expects over 1,000 Games Family members from over 50 countries to have passed through the airport by the end of today. This contributes towards an overall total of around 121,239 arrivals and 115,716 departures, making it the airport’s busiest day ever.
The Olympic Village opens today so it is the first day that athletes can go straight to their accommodation from the airport. Over 500 volunteers, speaking 20 languages between them, are at Heathrow to help greet arrivals and help passengers have a smooth passage through the airport. Yesterday, the UK’s Border Force introduced its Olympic roster which sees additional staff on immigration desks for peak arrivals periods. After much recent criticism of the waiting times being experienced at the airport’s immigration desks, the airport reports that “Passengers are having a smooth journey through the airport and waiting times so far have been within the targets set by the Home Office.”