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London’s Heathrow Airport limits passenger numbers to 100,000 per day

According to the latest developments, London Heathrow Airport has announced that it will now limit departing passengers to 100,000 per day this summer. The move comes in the wake of limiting queues, baggage cancellations and delays, and the airport has urged airlines to stop selling tickets for flights that may be cut short.

Britain’s busiest airport is struggling to handle the rebound in demand from the pandemic, according to reports. Additionally, airlines at Heathrow also responded to a government call to cut capacity, while the airport added it needed them to go further. Referring to this, CEO John Holland-Kaye said in an open letter that some airlines have taken significant action, but others have not, and that they believe further action is now needed to ensure passengers have a safe and reliable trip.

He further added that they had a tougher decision to introduce a capacity cap with effect from July 12 to September 11. “This means some summer travel will either be moved to another airport or canceled and we apologize to those whose travel plans are affected,” he added.

The airport said the cap was in line with limits put in place at other airports. While Schiphol in the Netherlands has already capped passenger numbers at around 16% less than in 2019, Frankfurt has reduced peak hour flights from 104 per hour to 94.

Heathrow added that the average number of outbound seats remaining in the summer timetable was 104,000 per day, 4,000 above its cap, and added that on average 1,500 of those 4,000 seats had been sold to passengers. As such, they are asking our airline partners to stop selling summer tickets to limit the impact on passengers, he added.

Additionally, British Airways has already cut a number of flights from its schedules this summer due to staffing shortages. Heathrow also apologized for the long queues and baggage problems customers have endured in recent weeks, blaming staff shortages across the aviation sector.

  1. How many terminals does Heathrow Airport have?
    There are five terminals at Heathrow.
  2. What was the name of Heathrow airport?
    London Airport, as Heathrow was initially known, opened in 1946. In 1966 the airport was renamed Heathrow and 20 years later Terminal 4 opened.
  3. Why is it called Heathrow Airport?
    Heathrow Airport was established in 1929 as a small airfield located southeast of the hamlet of Heathrow, from which the airport takes its name.