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In the papers and Heathrow T5 round-up - Friday, 28 March 2008

Day one at Heathrow's shiny new Terminal 5, and it all started to seem horribly familiar...

...A growing mountain of misplaced luggage. The cancellation of dozens of flights. Thousands of angry passengers. No explanation of what was going on that made any sense. British Airways ground staff wandered about with a look of bewilderment and little useful information – The Financial Times

Heathrow's £4.3bn Terminal 5 descended into chaos on its opening day yesterday as the much vaunted baggage system collapsed, disrupting travel for thousands and forcing BA to cancel at least 34 flights. Queues snaked around the building, while angry passengers confronted helpless staff about lost luggage and delayed flights - The Guardian

The opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5 yesterday was supposed to bring an end to years of delays and cancellations. Instead, it descended into chaos when the baggage system crashed, affecting thousands of passengers – Daily Telegraph

Thousands of families heading on holiday this weekend face chaos after Heathrow’s new £4.3 billion terminal was reduced to a shambles on its opening day by the complete failure of its baggage system. British Airways will begin today to wrestle with a huge backlog of passengers, many of them left stranded at Terminal 5 overnight, after the airline cancelled at least 34 flights. So far today 44 flights into T5 have also been cancelled - The Times

British Airways was yesterday forced to apologise for problems on the opening day of Terminal 5 including lost luggage, lack of parking and the staff's apparent inability to navigate their way round the vast new building - The Independent

And in other news...

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 2% in 2007 compared with the previous year, according to provisional figures from the government. The country now emits 18% less than it did in 1990, well inside the Kyoto reduction target of a 12.5% cut, but critics argue that last year's drop is almost entirely due to energy companies burning less coal because it became more expensive - The Guardian

Centrica said yesterday that it was considering building Britain's first offshore gas storage facility for more than 25 years. The parent company of British Gas is teaming up with Gaz de France and First Oil to look at converting the partly depleted Bains gas field in the Irish Sea, close to Centrica's Morecambe Bay gas fields, into a storage unit - The Guardian

Recession on these shores is now a 35% probability as the credit crunch engulfs Britain's housing market and broader economy, warns 'Downward Spiral, a report by investment banker Lehman Brothers – Daily Telegraph

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