Heathrow extends flight limit to end of October

London’s largest and busiest airport, Heathrow, has announced it will extend flight restrictions it has been using all summer. Without it, we cannot ensure a safe and reliable service.

Summer’s travel woes are spilling over into the fall as Heathrow said it would continue to use its flight cap of 100,000 passengers per day until the October.The original end date was set to 11thHowever, airport authorities have extended the cap because the problem that has plagued air travel since the summer — the struggle to recruit new staff — has yet to be fully resolved.

To prevent the disruption experienced in early summer, the airport thought it prudent to continue the restrictions.

“Since the cap was introduced, passenger journeys have improved, with fewer last-minute cancellations, improved punctuality and reduced bag wait times,” Heathrow said in a statement.

The news was not well received by airlines, which blamed Heathrow’s lack of foresight on the need for restrictions. Heathrow countered that the cap could be lifted sooner if “improvements in resource levels are evident and airport operational improvements are sustained”.

“Our primary concern is ensuring that our passengers receive a reliable service when they travel,” said Heathrow Chief Commercial Officer Ross Baker. “That is why we introduced temporary capacity limits in July, which are already improving our itineraries during the summer holidays.”

He continued, “While we hope to remove the cap as soon as possible, we are confident that everyone operating at the airport has the resources to provide the service passengers deserve. You can only do so if you are

Until then, however, passengers can expect fewer flights and fewer travel options.

Photo credit: Nick Fewings on Unsplash Heathrow extends flight limit to end of October

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