Monday, March 10, 2008

Passengers Come First, errrr

Those cuddly souls who are responsible for the glorious travel experience that is the London airport network have been meeting to consider how they might go on with their good work in the future.

No less than 10 reps from BAA, 5 from IATA and BAR-UK, 7 from various airport Operator Committees and the London Airports Consultative Committee (no I haven't heard of them before either) and 6 from BA, 4 from Virgin and 3 from BMI recently gathered under the auspices of the CAA's review into economic regulation for a spot of blue-sky thinking.

The business group London First observed that only one interest group was missing; passengers. Well, they've only got themselves to blame. As the CAA press officer noted "The review was open to everyone. We published the fact on our website."

Quite so. So if those pesky passengers couldn't be bothered to turn up then who cares what they think. And where was this invitation? Ah, yes, "In section 1.16, page 19 of consultation document Heathrow and Gatwick Airports CAA Price, published last November."


Steven Pam said...

Oh... echoes of:

Prosser: What do you mean, why's it got to be built? It's a bypass. You've got to build bypasses...the plans were on display.
Arthur Dent: On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar.
Prosser: That's the display department.
Arthur Dent: With a torch.
Prosser: The lights had probably gone.
Arthur Dent: So had the stairs.
Prosser: But you did see the notice, didn't you?
Arthur Dent: Oh, yes. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign outside the door saying "Beware of the Leopard." Ever thought of going into advertising?

(Arthur Dent protesting about his house being bulldozed - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy episode 1.1, 1981)

Christopher Tiffney said...

Glad you know where you towel is, Steve!