Heathrow Airport in London says it will extend its daily passenger limit until the end of October to deal with rising demand for air travel and staff shortages.
LONDON, England (AP) — Heathrow Airport in London announced Monday that it will extend its daily passenger limit until the end of October as part of its efforts to meet soaring demand for air travel amid staffing shortages.
The airport, one of the busiest in Europe, has stated that a maximum of 100,000 passengers can depart each day until Oct. 29. The daily cap was supposed to be lifted on September 11th.
Heathrow imposed the temporary limit in July and instructed airlines to stop selling tickets during the peak summer travel season, claiming that the expected passenger traffic would be too much for airport ground staff to handle.
According to the airport, the temporary cap has resulted in “fewer last-minute cancellations” and “shorter bag waits.”
It also stated that the capacity limits would be reviewed and “could be lifted earlier if there is a sustained picture of improved resilience and a material increase in resourcing levels.”
Hundreds of summer flights into and out of Heathrow have already been canceled in recent months, and passengers have complained about long security lines, misplaced luggage, and lengthy flight delays.
After two years of COVID-19 travel restrictions, increased demand for summer travel has overwhelmed European airlines and airports, which had laid off tens of thousands of pilots, cabin crew, check-in staff, ground crew, and baggage handlers as the industry ground to a halt during the pandemic.
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