“Britain open for business” – UK Airports to follow in Heathrow’s footsteps in fast-tracking the mega-rich
London’s transport systems have never been frightened of experimenting with innovative techniques to improve transportation and infrastructure in the capital, although the latest transport announcement is guaranteed to lift a few eyeballs.
Following on from Heathrow Airport’s innovative yet controversial ‘Heathrow by Invitation’ scheme, which enables those who can afford it to have their own immigration officer sort out their documents and luggage while they sip champagne in the VIP lounge, for a mere sum of £1,800, this autumn the House of Commons was told that the super-rich will be able to enjoy the privilege of a fast-track lane for passport control at London airports.
Recognising that the mega-rich were “valuable to the economy”, head of the UK Border Agency, Brian Moore; spoke about plans that would give “high value kind of business people.” During a Home Affairs select committee at the House of Commons, Moore talked about aspirations to give the world’s elite a smoother ride at UK’s passport control borders:
“It is an idea that officials are discussing with port operators. It will then go back to ministers for them to consider whether and how it is going to be progressed. It is an idea that is being pursued,” said Moore.
The plans to fast track the super wealthy at airports in the UK is, Brian Moore insists, part of a drive to prove to the world that Britain is “open for business”.
The proposed Border Agency scheme would effectively be based on the Heathrow by Invitation service, with the slight difference that it would be free!
Great if you’re on the mega-rich list, too bad if you’re a regular traveller who has to continue battling with the masses through passport control!