As the largest airport in the UK struggles to keep up with the uptick in demand for air travel, Heathrow Airport is limiting the number of passengers who can depart each day over the summer.
From now until September 11th, just 100,000 individuals per day will be permitted to leave.
There will now be 4,000 fewer daily passengers than that.
To minimize the impact on travelers, Heathrow claimed it has ordered airlines to “stop selling summer tickets.”
In recent weeks, disruptions have impacted tens of thousands of UK travelers.
As demand for vacations has increased, airports and airlines that slashed employees during Covid lockdowns have found it difficult to fill open positions. As the school year comes to an end, the UK is set to enter the crucial summer vacation period.
Following the disruption in May, which was attributed to a lack of airlines and airport workers, ministers advised carriers to reconsider their plans.
Additionally, a brief “amnesty” from government regulations governing airport slots was implemented, enabling airlines to alter their summer itineraries without risking a fine.
Heathrow claimed that despite this, airlines still intended to operate aircraft carrying more passengers each day than could be handled in a reasonable amount of time.
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“We have started to see periods when service drops to a level that is not acceptable,” said Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye. “Over the past few weeks, as departing passenger numbers have consistently exceeded 100,000 per day, we have started to see long queue times, delays for passengers requiring assistance, bags not traveling with passengers or arriving late, low punctuality, and last-minute cancellations.”
According to our estimation, no more than 100,000 people may be served daily by airlines, airline ground handlers, and the airport combined throughout the summer.
“According to the most recent predictions, despite the amnesty, daily departing seats will average 104,000 over the summer, giving a daily excess of 4,000 seats. We are requesting that our airline partners stop selling summer tickets because, on average, just roughly 1,500 of the 4,000 daily seats have been purchased by travelers.”
Mr. Holland-Kaye expressed regret to travelers whose plans may have been impacted by the change.
But doing this is the correct thing to do to offer a better, more dependable journey and to ensure the safety of all airport employees.