Overcrowding and staff shortages were some of the factors contributing to longer-than-expected wait times at airport security, lost luggage, delayed and canceled flights and other hurdles as many travelers eagerly headed for their first post-pandemic vacations.
Now, however, the airport is extending that restriction until at least October 29.
“We want to remove the cap as soon as possible, but we can only do that if we are confident that everyone operating at the airport has the resources to deliver the service our passengers deserve,” said Ross Baker, COO. from Heathrow, in a press. pronunciation.
The date of October 29 refers to the UK school term, which is a popular holiday period.
The same report also noted that air traffic to 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 passenger limits. Schiphol also lasts until the end of October.
However, what does this mean for travelers?
Instead, the responsibility will lie with the airlines.
People who have already booked their tickets should assume that their reservations have been 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 shorten 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: Heathrow said the cap could be lifted before October 29 if there is a “continued picture of improved resilience and material increase in resources.”
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