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SBD Global/July 17, 2012/Olympics
American And Australian Athletes Team Buses Get Lost From Heathrow To Olympic Park
Published July 17, 2012
ATHLETE INVASION: In London, Kennedy & O’Connor wrote the first Olympic athletes “started flying into Britain [Sunday] with no significant delays reported" at Heathrow Airport. The Home Office said that an “extra 500 border officers were posted at entry points" to the U.K., with "every passport desk to be manned" during the airport's busy times. With athlete arrivals coming over a “staggered period,” the extra manpower “has been promised to prevent a repeat of the delays which have frustrated passengers in recent months.” Meanwhile, the first Olympic road lane “came into force this morning as the logistical operation to handle the huge influx of Olympic athletes and officials began in earnest” (LONDON TIMES, 7/16). In London, O'Conner, Pank, Buchanan & Ford reported Heathrow "was running smoothly as the first athletes and officials arrived," with the longest immigration queues at Terminal 4, "where waiting times were 20 minutes." The airport processed 236,955 passengers, compared with an average of 190,000. An extra 500 border staff were drafted in to passport control as well as another 500 Olympic volunteers (LONDON TIMES, 7/17).