Heathrow Airport’s flight disruptions are estimated to continue until the end of 2023, due to the extreme travel surges post-Covid pandemic. Its current flight cap is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Heathrow disruption is expected to continue

On Tuesday, in an interview with Bloomberg, London Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye spoke of the disruption lasting from approximately 12-18 months, as it is expected for the airport to take some time to get back to pre-pandemic levels. This is due to the lack of airport staff locally and globally.

Many airlines are criticising Heathrow’s CEO for not being more prepared in expecting the mass travel surge, as many people are wanting to make up for lost time as a result of the pandemic.

Customers waiting at Heathrow continue to complain about the situation and how it is being handled poorly from long layovers, long queues and missing luggage.

Daily passenger cap causing global stress

Despite the introduction of the proposed 100,000 daily passenger cap at Heathrow and other major airport hubs, airline staff at Lufthansa have gone on strike over pay, causing major disruptions for flights connecting in Frankfurt and Munich. The strike is expected to last no more than 1 to 2 days as the airline suffers from heavy losses as a result of compensating affected passengers.

As a result of the current situation, especially at Heathrow, it is expected there will be a rise in flight costs due to the passenger cap imposed, as airlines cannot sell all available seats for a majority of their flights at many airports. This benefits airlines for their supposed losses but impacts frequent flyers due to how expensive they will be.

Holland-Kaye continued to express his hope for struggling airlines, stating that “there is a silver lining in this for them.”

Do you think the flight situation will be resolved any sooner? Let us know in the comments.


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