On 1 January 1046 a handful of staff at London's new peace-time airport, Heath Row, prepared to handle its first commercial flight in a converted Lancaster bomber, carrying ten passengers and some newly demobbed RAF pilots, radio officers and flight engineers on an epic journey to South America. Sixty-five years, over 14 million flights and 1.4 billion passengers later, Heathrow - with a staff of around 50,000 people - recently saw its controversial fifth passenger terminal weather a rocky start and find its feet as an integral part of this ever-expanding airport. Time Flies is a fascinating history of Heathrow from its pioneering first days in bruised and battered post-war West London, right up to its present. Bringing together Heathrow's human and commercial histories and using first-hand stories from each decade of the airport's operations, this is a balanced and entertaining look at the triumphs, tribulations and controversies that made Heathrow what it is today.
ALLAN GALLOP worked at Heathrow as a reporter with a national news agency from 1966 to 1978, covering every conceivable type of story for the international media. He was one of the team that launched the airport newspaper, Skyport. Since the early 1980s he has represented a number of Heathrow-based airlines in a public relations capacity as well as writing promotional books for international airports in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.