Heathrow airport passenger cap extended until 29th October – after…

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Heathrow airport passenger cap extended until 29th October – after…

Heathrow airport passenger cap extended until 29th October – after autumn half term
2022-08-16 07:44:00
Heathrow has extended its 100,000 passenger a day cap for another six weeks, until the 29th October. It had been due to end on 11th September. The new date will include the autumn half-term, when a lot of people fly abroad. The reason for the reduction to 100,000 departing passengers is continuing staff shortages. Reducing the number per day slightly means fewer delays and last-minute cancellations. Heathrow reported a £321m adjusted pretax loss for the first half of 2022 in July. It could not cope with passengers’ baggage.  The airport said it remained loss-making and did not expect to pay any dividends to its shareholders for the rest of the year, but it was offsetting increased costs through higher charges.  People are anxious about their flights. Perhaps some might decide not to fly this year.  Earlier in August, Ferrovial said it was considering selling its stake in Heathrow, as it was not making enough money out of it.  Finding enough money to build a (white elephant) 3rd runway seems an ever more distant, or impossible, aspiration by Heathrow’s owners. .Tweet     Heathrow passengers face more uncertainty as capacity cap extended Loss-making airport says restricting numbers to 100,000 a day is reducing last-minute cancellations By Charlie Maloney and agency (The Guardian) Mon 15 Aug 2022 Heathrow airport has extended its 100,000 passenger a day cap for another six weeks as the aviation sector continues to struggle to meet increased demand for travel amid staffing shortages. The capacity limit was initially meant to last until 11 September, but that date was pushed back on Monday to 29 October, overlapping with the autumn half-term break for most schools. The UK’s busiest airport said the move was taken after the introduction of a temporary cap in July led to an improvement in punctuality and fewer last-minute cancellations. The London hub was one of the worst hit by the severe disruption that blighted airports across the country in the May half-term and early summer, with long security queues and baggage system breakdowns. Heathrow reported a £321m adjusted pretax loss for the first half of the year in July after experiencing weeks of lengthy queues and flight cancellations. Hundreds of suitcases were filmed piled up at Heathrow in June after issues were reported with the baggage system and many people were forced to travel without their belongings and were told they may not get them back for up to two days. Tens of thousands of flights have already been cancelled this summer as the industry struggles to cope with a rise in demand to near pre-pandemic levels amid staffing shortages. The industry has also been accused of failing to anticipate the bounceback after two years of disruption caused by the Covid pandemic. The consumer rights group Whic

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