Heathrow: Limit on daily number of passengers – Stop selling tickets


The limit is set at 100,000 passengers and will apply from today until September 11

London, Thanasis Gavos

His administration HeathrowBritain’s and Europe’s largest airport, asked the airlines to stop selling tickets for the summer, as it imposes a limit on the number of passengers it will serve daily.

The limit is determined at 100,000 passengers and will be valid from today until September 11. This is a decrease of 4,000 from the average daily number of passengers that it was estimated that the airport would have to serve for the rest of the summer.

The decision follows ongoing ground staff shortages, which have led to thousands of flight cancellations and great inconvenience for the traveling public over the past month and a half.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said that in recent weeks passenger numbers have often exceeded 100,000 a day, resulting in “periods when the service drops to a level that is not acceptable”.

He added that from 4,000 daily positions being cut about 1,500 tickets have been sold. For this reason, airlines are asked to stop selling tickets for flights from the airport in order to prevent further inconvenience for the traveling public.

“We recognize that this means some summer trips will either be moved to another day or airport or cancelled, and we apologize to those whose plans are affected,” added Mr Holland-Kaye.

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