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BAA humbug


Iwas pleased to hear Heathrow Terminal Five has finally got the go ahead (NCE 15 November), but a little disturbed to read that it will 'include enough retail space to rival a new shopping centre'.

Good for BAA, but travelling through Heathrow, either as a business user or going on holiday with the family can be stressful enough without literally having to walk through retail outlets to get to departure gates.

Development of Heathrow's existing terminals is constrained by the drive to maximise retail space and the presence of the adjacent shortterm car parks.

The solution is simple - regulate the ratio of retail space to circulating areas, demolish the car parks and ban access to the central area by private vehicles. This would leave large areas of land free and potentially an airport to be proud of. If in doubt, compare the shambles of Heathrow with Kuala Lumpur's Seoul Incheon or Singapore's Changi airport.

Paul Keeler (M), Ulsan, Korea, keelerp@kornet. net

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