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London airport faces staff shortage, baggage issues; several flights cancelled

British Airways, which operates from Heathrow's terminals three and five, said it had made a "small number of cancellations" as a result of the airport's request.

Vani Mehrotra Edited by: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Published on: June 21, 2022 10:38 IST
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FILE - Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport, in London

Highlights

  • In recent weeks, tens of thousands of passengers have been hit by airport disruption in UK
  • The flight cancellations have raised concerns of additional travel woes during the summer
  • Airlines & baggage-handling firms that laid off staff during COVID19 are scrambling to boost numbers

London airport on Monday saw several flight cancellations due to technical issues affecting baggage systems. Nearly 30 flights were reported cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport, affecting upto 5,000 passengers. On Monday, the airport had asked airlines to cut 10 per cent of flights from schedules across terminals two and three, media reports claimed.

It added that cutting the number of flights would "minimise" the impact of the technical issues.

British Airways, which operates from Heathrow's terminals three and five, told the BBC that it had made a "small number of cancellations" as a result of the airport's request.

What's happening at London airport?

In recent weeks, tens of thousands of passengers have been hit by airport disruption and flight cancellations in the UK, raising concerns of additional travel woes during the summer.

Several flights were recently cancelled because of staff shortages as the global 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.

The airport said in a statement that the move would help passengers “experience a more reliable and better standard of service.”

“By taking decisive action now, we aim to help the ground handlers — and also our airlines — to better match their flying programs with their available resources,” said Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate.

Passengers have endured delays and cancellations as airports across Europe struggle to cope with staff shortages and skyrocketing demand for flights after two pandemic-hit years. Airlines and baggage-handling firms that laid off staff during the pandemic are scrambling to boost 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.

(With inputs from agencies)

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