Heathrow Flights Shouldn’t Face Further Disruption

Despite the announcement that London’s Heathrow Airport will be limiting the number of passengers departing everyday, flights to and from the island shouldn’t be affected.

It was confirmed yesterday that Heathrow officials will limit the number of departures to 100,000 passengers a day until September 11.

The airport is limiting the number of passengers who can depart each day over the peak summer months to 100,000 that’s about 4,000 fewer than currently scheduled.

However, a Loganair spokesperson told Gef that while thousands of flights have been cancelled in and out of Heathrow, it intends to operate its scheduled routes as planned through the summer.

They added: ‘The passenger limits announced by Heathrow for the airline community provide certainty and will allow us to plan our IOM-Heathrow services for the remainder of the summer season. Our teams continue to work tirelessly to avert disruption and maintain crucial connectivity for our customers.’

What They’ve Said

Heathrow boss boss John Holland-Kaye has said: ‘Over the past few weeks, as departing passenger numbers have regularly exceeded 100,000 a day, we have started to see periods when service drops to a level that is not acceptable: long queue times, delays for passengers requiring assistance, bags not travelling with passengers or arriving late, low punctuality and last-minute cancellations.

‘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. The latest forecasts indicate that even despite the amnesty, daily departing seats over the summer will average 104,000 – giving a daily excess of 4,000 seats. On average only about 1,500 of these 4,000 daily seats have currently been sold to passengers, and so we are asking our airline partners to stop selling summer tickets to limit the impact on passengers.’