London airport on Monday saw several flight cancellations due to technical issues affecting baggage systems. Almost 30 flights were reported revoked at London’s Heathrow Airport, affecting up to 5,000 passengers. On Monday, the airport had requested airlines to cut 10 percent of flights from schedules across terminals two and three, media information claimed.
It said that cutting the number of flights would “minimize” the effect of the technical problems.
London’s Heathrow Airport
British Airways, which operates from Heathrow’s terminals three and five, said to the reporter that it had made a “small number of revocations ” as a result of the airport’s told.
In recent weeks, tens of thousands of passengers have been hit by airport disruption and flight revocations in the UK, raising concerns of additional travel woes during the summer.
Several flights were recently revoked because of staff lack as the international aviation industry struggles to meet a resurgent demand for travel.
On Friday, London’s second-busiest airport said it would limit its number of daily flights to 825 in July and 850 in August compared with a reported 900 daily flights during the same period before the coronavirus pandemic.
“By taking decisive action now, we aim to support the ground handlers — and also our airlines — to better match their flying programs with their available resources,” stated Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate.
Passengers have endured delays and cancellations as airports across Europe struggle to cope with staff shortages and skyrocketing requests for flights after two pandemic-hit years. Airlines and baggage-handling firms that laid-off employees during the pandemic are scrambling to encourage numbers again.
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has also slashed its flight schedule for July, saying shortages of security staff mean it can’t cope with the high demand as many families take to the skies for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic has eased.
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