Heathrow warning as airport cancels more flights – affecting 15,000 passengers | The Sun

HEATHROW has demanded that airlines cancel 10 per cent of flights today – affecting around 15,000 passengers.

The London Airport has told airlines to cancel more flights following the baggage handling chaos over the weekend.

Hundreds of suitcases piled up at Heathrow Airport, with passengers told they may not get their luggage back for two days.

A sea of bags spread across the airport floor in Terminal 2 after the luggage belts broke, leaving passengers stranded without their belongings.

Holidaymakers posted online in shock at the carnage, labelling it "utter bedlam", a "nightmare" and a "s*** show", while a Sky News reporter said they had "never seen anything like it".

The cancellations will impact around 90 flights from Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 at Heathrow, the Independent reports.

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Both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have been affected, with routes including New York and LA as well as short haul routes to France.

Other flights affected include:

  • Aegean to Athens
  • Aer Lingus to Dublin
  • Air Canada to Toronto
  • Air France to Paris
  • Eurowings to Cologne
  • ITA to Rome
  • KLM to Amsterdam
  • Lufthansa to Frankfurt
  • SAS to Copenhagen
  • Swiss to Zurich
  • TAP to Lisbon

It follows Gatwick Airport reducing their daily flights, affecting 4,000 routes.

Daily flights will be capped at 825 in July and 850 in August – compared to 900 a day during the same period in previous years.

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It said the decision – affecting around 800,000 people – was taken following a review of its operations and that it is "temporarily moderating its rate of growth" for two months.

Brits heading to Spain and Portugal are being warned they will be hit the hardest by Gatwick's recent cancellations.

EasyJet has already cancelled 600 flights this month, along with all flights to Hurghada in Egypt.

The airline has since said they are canceling dozens more flights this summer, running at just 87 per cent of their 2019 levels.

And it's not just easyJet being affected – TUI has been forced to cancel more than 180 flights in June, affecting around six flights a day.

British Airways cancelled thousands of flights in advance between March and October to prevent short-notice cancellations.

A statement made by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Department For Transport (DfT) has urged airlines to cancel even more flights in advance, to avoid short-notice cancellations.

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They said: "It’s important that each airline reviews afresh its plans for the remainder of the summer season until the end of September to develop a schedule that is deliverable.

"Your schedules must be based on the resources you and your contractors expect to have available, and should be resilient for the unplanned and inevitable operational challenges that you will face.

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