Heathrow warning for Brits heading abroad this month

BRITS planning to travel via Heathrow Airport this summer are being warned of flight cuts and more expensive fares.

Heathrow Airport is to reduce passenger capacity by a third until July 3, affecting thousands of Brits a day.

Flights at Heathrow are being cut for the next two months


Flights at Heathrow are being cut for the next two monthsCredit: Alamy

The cuts would be around 1,200 passengers an hour at Terminal 5 between the hours of 5am and 6pm, reduced from 11,200 to 8,610.

While it would be temporary, it means flights will be withdrawn – and your flight prices will go up in price, due to demand outstripping supply.

There will also be fewer flights to choose from, so you may have to rethink travel dates or travel later than you would like.

According to the Times, a source said:  “Without a reduction in demand, the operation would not be considered safe.”

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The reduction will hit travellers who have already had their flights delayed or cancelled, with many airlines reducing their schedules in recent weeks.

EasyJet has cancelled at least 50 flights today, affecting passengers travelling from Gatwick, Bristol and Luton Airport, after being forced to slash their schedule over half term.

TUI is reducing their flight schedule this month, affecting roughly six flights a day, while British Airways pre-cancelled 124 flights today.

This is part of their own schedule reduction, affecting 16,000 flights between March and October.

And there are fears the chaos could extend well into the peak summer period.

Airport union Prospect’s general secretary Mike Clancy said the current chaos had a “really damaging impact” on holidaymakers and was unlikely to be solved by next month.

He told BBC: “It would be difficult to give anybody the confidence at the present minute, that we are going to be okay by the school holidays in July.”

And travel editor Rory Boland said: “We’re already seeing very long queues, widespread chaos at airports, huge stress for people planning to get away, and we haven’t hit the peak yet.”

Heathrow passengers are being warned to expect more expensive flights


Heathrow passengers are being warned to expect more expensive flightsCredit: Alamy


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