Controversial passenger limit at Heathrow extended until the end of October

Controversial passenger limit at Heathrow Airport extended until the end of October

The largest hub in the UK planned to end the restriction on 9/11. However, the desire of Heathrow leaders to buy more time to fix their problems led to another extension of the limit. The official statement from the airport came on Tuesday, August 16.

The 100,000th limit will now last until October 29, which coincides with the autumn break in most schools in Europe.

The UK's busiest airport imposed limits in July due to a surge in demand for air travel in the wake of the pandemic. When millions of vacationers tried to leave for the first time in two years, airports failed. This has led to flight delays and cancellations, long security lines, strikes and disruptions in baggage handling.

Heathrow blamed the chaos on a global staffing shortage. Airlines, for their part, have pointed out to Heathrow officials that they have failed to adequately prepare for the surge in passenger traffic since the lifting of restrictions in March.

Emirates have become the loudest accusers. They called the airport's actions “air mageddon” and the restrictions “completely unreasonable and unacceptable.”

On Tuesday, Virgin Atlantic expressed disappointment at the extension: “We are disappointed that Heathrow Airport has already made the decision to extend the capacity limit until the end of October as more resources come in every week and the quality of service at the airport improves. Airline customers have the right to expect their bookings to be fulfilled and we do everything in our power to keep disruptions to a minimum.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair, which does not fly from Heathrow, used this news as an opportunity to strike at a troubled airport. The airline has announced 500 new routes it has added to London Stansted Airport (STN) for the October school holidays. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary stressed that Ryanair and Stansted have “more than enough staff” to serve additional flights.

Meanwhile, the Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority are not involved in the conflict. There was only one question from them about a month ago: “how did Heathrow determine that exactly 100,000 passengers a day would provide a safe and sustainable passenger service?”

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