Beleaguered Heathrow boss gives up bonus
As fears mount over Christmas travel, Heathrow chief Colin Matthews has declined his annual bonus.
Airport news for Flights,Heathrow on 23/12/2010.
Heathrow airport boss Colin Matthews has refused his annual bonus as he grapples with increasing pressure over the recent chaos at the UK’s busiest airport. Heathrow has finally returned to normal operations after several days of chaos.
Mr Matthews is chief executive at BAA, the Spanish-owned airport operator that also runs Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports. He says he will concentrate on the job of getting services fully back to normal at Heathrow.
Last year, Matthews was paid £944,000 in combined salary and bonuses. He told the press he had decided to decline this year’s bonus and he was focused on keeping passengers moving and restoring confidence in London’s main air hub.
Air passengers endured days of travel chaos as snow and ice made runways unusable and aircraft parking bays filled up at Heathrow and other airports across the UK. Large numbers of flights were cancelled or diverted.
ScotRail said it was adding extra services tomorrow in case there were more problems with domestic flights. In recent days, hundreds of flights between London and Scotland were cancelled.
Extra late services between Glasgow and Edinburgh will help travellers rushing to get home in time for Christmas. Forecasters say freezing temperatures will continue through this weekend.
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