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Thursday 13 October 2022

Heathrow could face Christmas crisis

There are few places on the planet right now as chronically dysfunctional as Britain.

And if you are planning a trip to the UK over Christmas, it might be best to avoid perennial problem child Heathrow Airport.

Today's news is that festive season flights in and out of Heathrow could be at risk for some Christmas holidaymakers, Travel Mole reports.

The airport is reportedly in discussions with airlines to restart a cap on passenger numbers over Christmas.

Airport bosses want to avoid this northern summer’s travel chaos and could cap flight numbers on the busiest days during the festive period.

The current passenger cap is set to end later this month.

The airport reportedly proposed "a seat factor limit" during the busiest days

Carriers including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are considering the proposal.

“This will have a significant impact on consumer choice and airline finances,” according to one person involved in the talks, the Daily Telegraph reports.

This week Heathrow, never short of an excuse, said new Covid fears and the escalating conflict in Ukraine is impacting demand, but predicted Christmas will be very busy.

“We are removing the limit in effect during the summer and are discussing with airlines some more targeted options to proactively manage peak winter days if needed,” it said in a statement.

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