Heathrow Airport is requesting that airlines quit selling additional tickets for travel late spring and summer, as it reports a cap on travellers permitted to fly from the air terminal.
The London air terminal will restrict travellers to 100,000 per day until September 11, as it battles high demand and a lack of resources.
Chief John Holland-Kaye declared the “difficult decision” in an open letter to passengers, saying over the past few weeks, as departing passenger numbers have regularly exceeded 100,000 a day, we have started to see periods when service drops to a level that is not acceptable… Our colleagues are going above and beyond to get as many passengers away as possible, but we cannot put them at risk for their own safety and wellbeing.””
Numerous airline companies have been attempting to restrict the quantity of travellers going through Heathrow. Yet, Holland-Kaye said Heathrow’s most recent forecast showed an excessive quantity of seats had already been sold and thusly carriers expected to quit selling tickets now.
“Even despite the amnesty, daily departing seats over the summer will average 104,000 — giving a daily excess of 4,000 seats. On average only about 1,500 of these 4,000 daily seats have currently been sold to passengers, and so we are asking our airline partners to stop selling summer tickets to limit the impact on passengers”
In 2018, the daily number of passengers going through Heathrow was almost 220,000, split among arrivals and departures.
Lufthansa (DLAKY), which has previously dropped great many take-offs from Frankfurt and Munich for the mid year season, said it could make further acclimations to its timetable “for traffic peaks in August.”
“Lufthansa has thus made a noticeable contribution to relieving the airports, including London Heathrow,” a representative told CNN Business.
The head of International Air Transport Association, the group addressing global airlines, referred to Heathrow’s movement limitations as “ridiculous.”
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