December 1, 2022

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Heathrow Airport tells airlines to stop selling summer tickets as it limits daily passengers to 100,000

Heathrow Airport tells airlines to stop selling summer tickets as it limits daily passengers to 100,000

London Airport will limit passenger numbers to 100,000 passengers per day until September 11, as it stands Struggling to deal with high demand and lack of resources.
CEO John Holland Kay announced the “difficult decision” in an open letter to passengers, saying, “Over the past few weeks, as departure passenger numbers have regularly exceeded 100,000 per day, we have begun to see periods when Service drops to an unacceptable level… Our colleagues go to great lengths to keep as many passengers as possible, but we cannot jeopardize their safety and well-being.”

Many airlines are reducing the number of passengers entering and leaving Heathrow Airport. But Holland Kaye said Heathrow’s latest forecast showed a surplus number of seats had already been sold out, so airlines should stop selling tickets now.

“Despite the amnesty, the average number of daily departure seats during the summer will be 104,000 – giving a daily increase of 4,000 seats. On average, only 1,500 of these 4,000 daily seats have been sold to passengers, so we are asking our partners From airlines to stop selling summer tickets to reduce impact on passengers

In 2018, the daily number of passengers passing through Heathrow was close to 220,000, split between arrivals and departures.

Lufthansa (DLAKY)Which has already canceled thousands of departures from Frankfurt and Munich for the summer season, said it may make further adjustments to its schedule for “peak traffic in August”.

A Lufthansa spokesperson told CNN Business that “Lufthansa has made a notable contribution to easing the severity of airports, including London Heathrow”.

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– Sharon Brown-Peter contributed to the report.