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BA delays T5 transfer until June

15 April 2008

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh admitted today that moving the airline’s long-haul flights to Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on April 30 would be an “‘unnecessary risk'”, as BA drew fierce criticism from airlines by postponing the transfer until June.

Walsh, who has rejected calls to resign over the T5 fiasco, said the carrier and Heathrow owner BAA had made a “‘pragmatic'” decision in waiting until problems with the building and baggage handling operations are solved. Other airlines are expected to seek compensation over the delay with BMI, Heathrow’s second largest carrier, slamming the decision as “‘outrageous'” and claiming it had been taken without consulting other airlines.


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