Heathrow announces a passenger cap and orders airlines cancelling 1,000 more flights to avoid Brit holiday chaos

Summer holidays are being restricted after Heathrow bosses ordered airlines cancelling at least 1,000 more flights.

Britain’s busiest airport is capping the number able to fly each day for the next two months — with airlines told to stop selling tickets.

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Heathrow bosses ordered airlines cancelling at least 1,000 more flights, causing chaos at Britain’s busiest airport.Credit: Rick Findler/ Story Picture Agency
Brits face travel chaos this summer
Brits Face Travel Chaos This Summer
John Holland-Kaye said: 'We have made the difficult decision to introduce a capacity cap with effect from July 12 to September 11'

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John Holland-Kaye stated: “We made the difficult choice to implement a capacity cap effective from July 12 to Sept 11”.Credit: PA

This latest problem is a result of continuing travel misery. The country is currently facing its largest rail strike since 25 years. Ryanair and easyJet staff are also planning walkouts.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye, who earned £1.5million last year, yesterday said there would be a limit of 100,000 people a day until September 11.

The move will result in hundreds of additional flights being cancelled for airlines that fly 104,000 passengers out of Heathrow every day.

Affected passengers will not get any compensation as the cause of cancellation is legally beyond their airline’s control.

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Holland-Kaye argued that Heathrow needed to take action to reduce long queues, delays and cancellations.

He said: “Some airlines have taken significant action but others have not and we believe that further action is needed.

“We have therefore made the difficult decision to introduce a capacity cap with effect from July 12 to September 11.

“Our assessment is that the maximum number of daily departing passengers that airlines, airline ground handlers and the airport can collectively serve over the summer is no more than 100,000.”

About 1,500 of the 4,000 daily seats that are above the new limit have been sold.

Those with tickets will have to be rebooked on other flights — possibly with different airlines and on different dates.

Holland-Kaye claimed: “We are asking airline partners to stop selling summer tickets to limit the impact on passengers.”

Travellers have experienced weeks of chaos due to staff shortages.

British Airways cancelled 10,300 flights last week up to October.

It previously canned 16,000 more in March.

EasyJet has reduced more than 10,000 flights, Ryanair slashed seven per cent of its summer schedule, Wizz Air five percent.

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Heathrow advised airlines that they should cancel 61 flights Monday due to an increase in passengers at the two terminals.

Furious flyer Neil Evans tweeted yesterday: “What a f*****g s*** show.”

Affected passengers will not get any compensation as the cause of cancellation is legally beyond their airline’s control

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Affected passengers will not get any compensation as the cause of cancellation is legally beyond their airline’s controlCredit: Rick Findler / Story Picture Agency
Furious flyer Neil Evans tweeted: 'What a f*****g s*** show'

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Furious flyer Neil Evans tweeted: ‘What a f*****g s*** show’Credit: Rick Findler/ Story Picture Agency

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