Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest Airports in Europe where it even had a mass capacity of 110,000 passengers leaving from their airport daily. Before the epidemic, Heathrow regularly topped the leaderboards as one of the busiest in Europe. It did manage to maintain this position in Europe in the early days of the epidemic but as time goes on, this position is slipping through its fingers.
The airport has urged airlines to stop selling tickets this summer in order to keep the number of passengers manageable. This on the other hand has caused disruption, cancellation and rebounding of the passenger travels.
Heathrow has decided to cap the number of passengers to 100,000 between July and September 12 to minimize disruption. Beyond that number, its services drop to an unacceptable level for the travelers such as last minute cancellation, long queues and passengers not travelling with their baggage.
The cause for the disruption and the selling of tickets being put on hold is due to staff shortages and strike actions. Ryanair has had four consecutive days of strike action by their cabin crew in Spain and they are planning on doing that the next week and the week after. On top of that, their are strikes from Easyjet’s crew as well and other airlines as they are going to be striking for three days this week, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday plus also at the end of the month.
Easyjets are demanding better pay and Ryanair are demanding better conditions in line with Spanish employment law. The disruption this is causing is yesterday the 12 July the first day of the strike, 249 flights were disrupted across Spain, 15 flights were cancelled and 234 flights were delayed. Due to the inflation of prices of commodities and fuel all over the world, these are justifiable reasons to the workers all over the world.