Ryanair increases Stansted flights above Heathrow’s ‘hopeless’ passenger cap |  Economic news

Ryanair increases Stansted flights above Heathrow’s ‘hopeless’ passenger cap | Economic news

Ryanair increases Stansted flights above Heathrow’s ‘hopeless’ passenger cap |  Economic news

Ryanair will add more than 500 flights serving London Stansted in the October half-year as the airline boss has branded Heathrow ‘hopeless’ after extending its cap on passenger numbers.

The low-cost operator said the move will provide capacity for an additional 100,000 travelers at Essex Airport.

It follows Heathrow’s decision to maintain flight restrictionsintroduced in July due to a lack of staff, until the end of October.

The limit of 100,000 daily departing passengers was due to expire on September 11.

The airport said without a cap it would not be able to manage its flight schedule safely and reliably.

But the extension will affect families’ plans for midterm getaways.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said: “As Heathrow continues to cut flights and increase fares for families, Ryanair and London Stansted continue to add flights and offer thousands of seats at low price for mid-term fall vacation.”

Ryanair insisted it and Stansted had ‘more than enough staff to handle these additional flights’.

Heathrow has criticized airlines for a lack of ground staff at the airport, which has led to thousands of pieces of luggage not being delivered on their owners’ flights this summer.

But airline operators have blamed the airport – the UK’s biggest and one of the busiest in the world – for failing to prepare for a rebound in passenger numbers after the covid pandemic.

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Baggage chaos at Heathrow airport

Heathrow aims to scrap cap ‘as soon as possible’

In response to the cap extension, a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said: “We are disappointed that Heathrow Airport has already decided to extend the passenger capacity cap until the end of October, as additional resources are posted weekly and the airport experience is improving.

“Airline customers have the right to expect their reservations to be honoured, and we are doing everything in our power to minimize disruption, getting our customers where they need to be smoothly.

“We urge Heathrow to provide a full plan to return to normal operations as soon as possible.”

Heathrow was unable to provide figures on how many people have already booked mid-term flights to and from the airport.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are revising their schedules for the period, but no decision on further cancellations has been made.

Heathrow Chief Commercial Officer Ross Baker said: “Our main concern is to ensure our passengers have a reliable service when they travel.

“That’s why we introduced temporary capacity limits in July, which have already improved journeys during the summer getaway.

“We want to remove the cap as soon as possible, but we can only do so when we are confident that everyone operating at the airport has the resources to provide the service our passengers deserve.”

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Last week, Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said that the airport was beginning to recover from the travel chaos of the past few months.

Thousands of jobs have been lost in the aviation industry during the pandemic, when travel restrictions caused most flights to stop, and there was a race to recruit new workers to cope with the resurgence of demand.

Training staff and obtaining the necessary security clearance also proved to be a lengthy process.

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