Heathrow extends current capacity cap


London Heathrow Airport must maintain its current capacity cap at the same level until the end of the summer timetable on October 29.

The UK hub airport initially imposed the cap of 100,000 departing passengers per day for two months from July 12 to September 11.

Heathrow announced on Monday August 15 that the cap will now be extended until the end of October after consultation with the airlines. The airport added that this would “support more reliable and resilient passenger journeys”.

But the airport said the cap could be lifted before October 29 if “improvement in resource levels is evident and the airport continues to see sustainable operational improvements”. Heathrow added that capacity limits would be “regularly reviewed”.

Heathrow Chief Commercial Officer Ross Baker said: “Our main concern is to ensure our passengers have a reliable service when they travel. That’s why we introduced temporary capacity limits in July that have already improved journeys during the summer getaway.

“We want to remove the cap 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.”

British Airways has just ended its suspension of last-minute bookings on short-haul flights from Heathrow after two weeks of no sales.


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