Report slams BAA delays

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HEATHROW operator BAA said it plans to invest £50m on revising its snow plans after an independent report into the winter travel chaos yesterday found that a lack of preparation, equipment and communication caused most of the disruption.

The report by BAA non-executive David Begg said the firm’s slow response to the snowy weather must be improved so Heathrow never shuts down “except for immediate safety or other emergency threats”.

BAA said it has already changed its response plan, and now has 269 people trained to clear snow, up from 117.

British Airways, which took a £50m hit from snow-linked cancellations, said it “look[s] forward to discussing with BAA its plans for strengthening Heathrow’s capacity for coping with severe winter weather”.