Etihad Airways said on Friday that all five flights from Abu Dhabi-London Heathrow will be fully operational at least until the end of the month, despite being asked by the UK’s busiest airport to reduce capacity to ease congestion. rice field. Reuters Report.
Heathrow Airport has told airlines this week to stop selling tickets for summer flights and limit the total number of daily passengers flying from the hub to 100,000 to ease pressure on the airport to keep up with demand. I did.
An airline spokeswoman said, “All five flights to and from London will be in full operation until the end of July, waiting for more information on the airport’s long-term plans for August.”
Since Heathrow Airport said it is limiting capacity, airlines have made some changes to their services. This includes reschedule some services to operate during off-peak hours at the airport.
“The priority for the coming months is to maintain the resilience of our flights and to protect our travel plans for passengers arriving and departing at (Heathrow),” said Etihad Airways.
A Heathrow spokesperson did not directly mention Etihad’s announcement. Instead, he reiterated earlier this week’s remarks by the airport that Heathrow was forced to impose cuts after months of talks with airlines couldn’t find a solution.
The airport said staff shortages were the main problem.
Heathrow and other European airports have caps on passenger numbers to mitigate flight delays and cancellations due to a surge in demand after a major layoff during a pandemic and staff shortages.
Dubai’s Emirates said Thursday that it would not cut six daily return flights to Heathrow, despite threatening the airport to take legal action if the Gulf Airlines did not comply.
Etihad, like Emirates, relies on international passengers traveling on connecting flights via hubs. State-owned airlines do not have a domestic market that can ease the decline in overseas travel.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220715-etihad-to-keep-heathrow-flights-at-full-capacity-in-july/ Etihad maintains full capacity at Heathrow Airport in July – Middle East Monitor