Sebastian Coe Rules Out Airport Chaos at London 2012 Olympics

By Community | March 20, 2012

London organising committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) chairman Sebastian Coe has insisted there’ll be no airport chaos during the summer sporting extravaganza.

“There won’t be chaos, (London’s) Heathrow airport operates at full capacity all the time,’ he told a press conference. ‘We have a very good operational plan and Heathrow will be operating a very effective service and will be the main port of entry.”

He also noted that a temporary structure was being put in place to “ease some of the capacity during the games.”

Four major airlines – British Airways, British Midland International, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic – on Saturday urged the British government to take urgent measures to prevent congestion of British air space during the games to be held from July 27 to August 12.

Coe also said there would be no changes to the original budgets for the games – the operating budget of $2.38 billion managed by the organising committee and another of $11.1 billion for infrastructure projects.

“We are in good shape … given the economy we are dealing with globally,” he noted.

Earlier this month, British lawmakers voiced fears that the public money allocated for the Games was close to being used up.

by Ismail Uddin