AviationThe daily cap of 100,000 passengers was initially expected to last only till September, but will now go into October.

Heathrow Airport extends passenger capacity for an additional month

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Numerous flights arriving and departing Heathrow Airport have been cancelled in recent months as passengers encounter long queues, lost luggage and flight delays.
Numerous flights arriving and departing Heathrow Airport have been cancelled in recent months as passengers encounter long queues, lost luggage and flight delays. Photo Credit: Facebook/Heathrow Airport

In combating airport congestion and manpower shortage, Heathrow Airport previously decided to limit the number of passengers to 100,000 every day for the duration spanning 12 July to 11 September. However, that has since been extended to 29 October instead.

Heathrow Airport announced on Monday, 15 August that the extension of its passenger capacity limit came after a series of discussions with airlines. The airport said that this would “support more reliable and resilient passenger journeys”.

According to Heathrow Airport, the temporary cap has already yielded positive results, with fewer last-minute cancellations and shorter wait time for travellers to collect their check-in luggage.

Heathrow’s chief commercial officer Ross Baker said: “Our primary concern is ensuring we give our passengers a reliable service when they travel. That’s why we introduced temporary capacity limits in July which 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 deliver the service our passengers deserve.”

The cap may even be lifted earlier than 29 October if “improved resource levels are evident and the airport continues to see sustained operational improvements”. Heathrow added that capacity limits would be “kept under regular review”.

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