Heathrow snow chaos to impact BAA by £40 million - report

Snow is cleared from the southern runway at Heathrow airport in London December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Airports operator BAA is expecting at least 40 million pounds in lost trading as a result of disruption at Heathrow airport this month after heavy snowfall, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

The FT, which cited sources familiar with the matter, said BAA and its investors were expecting a similar impact to the 40 million pounds lost earlier this year when a cloud of volcanic ash closed much of Europe’s airspace.

BAA told Reuters it had yet to make an official estimate of the financial impact caused by the problems at Heathrow, which led to the closure of runways and chaos as passengers sought information on cancelled flights.

BAA is owned by Spanish company Ferrovial.

(Editing by Dan Lalor)

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