Heathrow warning – MORE flights to be cancelled during school summer holidays

BRITS face more holiday misery this summer as Heathrow Airport is to cap the number of daily passengers for the next two months.

The airport said it has introduced a cap of 100,000 daily departing passengers until September 11.


More Heathrow flights are to be cancelled this summerCredit: Rick Findler / Story Picture Agency
The airport has capped daily passengers to 100,000


The airport has capped daily passengers to 100,000Credit: Rick Findler / Story Picture Agency

This means more flights are likely to be cancelled across the peak summer season.

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye said in a statement: “Our assessment is that the maximum number of daily departing passengers that airlines, airline ground handlers and the airport can collectively serve over the summer is no more than 100,000.

“The latest forecasts indicate that even despite the amnesty, daily departing seats over the summer will average 104,000 – giving a daily excess of 4,000 seats.

“On average only about 1,500 of these 4,000 daily seats have currently been sold to passengers, and so we are asking our airline partners to stop selling summer tickets to limit the impact on passengers.

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“By making this intervention now, our objective is to protect flights for the vast majority of passengers at Heathrow this summer and to give confidence that everyone who does travel through the airport will have a safe and reliable journey and arrive at their destination with their bags.

“We recognise that this will mean some summer journeys will either be moved to another day, another airport or be cancelled and we apologise to those whose travel plans are affected.   

Brits travelling through the UK’s busiest airport have faced chaotic scenes in recent weeks, with British Airways and easyJet cancelling thousands of flights and baggage piling up at reclaim.

The boss of Heathrow has said sorry for heaping misery on holidaymakers before warning there will be even more chaos to come.

The UK’s busiest airport cancelled 61 flights yesterday at short notice, blaming a higher number of passengers in its Terminal 3 and Terminal 5 than it had capacity to deal with.

And Heathrow has begged holiday-makers not to arrive more than three hours early for their flight to prevent huge queues.

A spokesperson said: “Passengers are reminded to arrive at the airport three hours before both a European and long haul flight.

“We ask passengers not to arrive earlier than this as this may cause unnecessary congestion in the airport.”

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