Overcrowding and understaffing were among the factors contributing to longer-than-expected waits at airport security, lost luggage, delayed and canceled flights and other setbacks as many travelers eagerly embarked on their first vacations. after the pandemic.
Now, however, the airport will extend that restriction until at least October 29.
“We want to lift the lid as soon as possible, but we can only do so when we are confident that everyone operating at the airport has the resources to provide the service our passengers deserve,” Heathrow’s chief executive said in a press release. , Ross Baker. statement.
October 29 marks the end of school in the UK, a popular holiday period.
The same report also noted that air traffic in Western Europe had tripled since the same period in 2019.
In his announcement, the Heathrow representative noted that several other airports, such as Frankfurt, Amsterdam Schiphol and London Gatwick, have also imposed limits on the number of passengers. Schiphol’s also runs until the end of October.
However, what does this mean for travelers?
Instead, the responsibility will fall on the airlines.
People who have already booked their tickets should assume their bookings are confirmed unless they hear directly from the airline about changes or cancellations.
They will also be able to make new bookings, although flights may already be full and some airlines are likely to reduce their flight schedules. It is likely that the reduced number of available seats and the potential panic of travelers rushing to secure reservations could lead to significant fare increases.
Another thing to note: according to Heathrow, it is possible that the cap could be lifted before October 29 if there is a “sustained view of better resilience and a material increase in resource levels”.
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