Thousands of athletes, officials and spectators left London on Monday after the Olympic Games came to an end.Heathrow airport said about 116,000 passengers in total left on Monday, and a Games terminal, resembling a London park, saw about 8,000 athletes depart.About 70,000 passengers in total, including 220 Chinese athletes, departed from Gatwick airport.Canadian, Polish and Austrian athletes were among the first to leave by air, while others departed by train.The Greek team left from Stansted airport, and the Lithuanian and Serbian teams were scheduled to leave from the Essex hub on Monday afternoon.The Australian team are leaving from Stansted in a specially painted Qantas Boeing 747. The Belgian team were among the athletes departing London by train Athletes from the Netherlands, Belgium and France left by Eurostar train from St Pancras International station.Two specially-chartered trains took passengers to Paris and Brussels, where the Dutch team were due to travel on to the Netherlands. A Gatwick spokesman said the airport handled 100 Games-related flights on Monday, with nearly 1,000 Games-related passengers, including athletes and officials. Heathrow's temporary terminal is part of a £20m investment in handling London 2012 passengers.In addition to the 31 check-in desks, seven security lanes helped deal with the high number of departures.The terminal will be decommissioned after three days and returned to its normal use as a staff car park as most of the athletes and visitors are expected to leave during this time. Source: BBC
Gravity always wins!
That airport must have been a total zoo! I'm glad I wasn't working at hat terminal that day. OMG
Can you just imagine the chaos...Not only is the airport as busy as hell, (unless you travel first class or even business class on some airlines) but with all the athletes from the Olympics leaving at the same time surely i'm sure it must have been bedlam.