By Max Clarke

A host of measures to cut delays at Heathrow have today been announced by Aviation Minister, Theresa Villiers.

Measures include a more ‘passenger friendly’ airport security regime to cut queuing at security points, as well as making the airport more resilient to delays from adverse weather.

The measures are set out in the final report by the Government's South East Airports Taskforce which has been published today. They are focused on making Heathrow more resilient and better able to recover on days when the airport’s operations are disrupted by poor weather or other problems. When such problems occur, these proposals would allow, exceptionally, both Heathrow's runways to be used simultaneously for either arrivals or departures as a way to cut delays and cancellations and get punctuality back on track.

"Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports play a vital role in supporting the UK economy, “ said Minister Villiers, “Improving the reliability of these airports, particularly Heathrow, was a priority for the Taskforce.”

The Government announced its intention to change the way aviation security is regulated in October, and has today published proposals for consultation. Over recent years, the regulation of aviation security has been largely focused on a series of prescriptive security processes which airport operators are required to follow.

Continued Minister Villiers: "Coupled with today's proposals to give UK airports more flexibility in the way they deliver airport security, passengers should begin to see real improvements. I am grateful to all Taskforce members for working so constructively together to help make our airports better."

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