Airport chaos has reached a whole new level of insanity unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
Understaffed airports have all but buckled under from the sheer number of passengers rolling through and are pounding down the hammer – and also crushing the hopes of weary travelers longing to embark on their dream summer vacation.
And things have gotten so bad at Heathrow London Airport – they’ve actually told airlines not to sell any more tickets for the rest of the summer – and just wait until you hear the details.
Airports are all about making money.
From $27 dollar beers to exorbitant “extra fees” – we all know airlines and airports have no problem taking our money.
So you know things are bad when they’re practically not taking our money!
In a last-minute attempt to regain control – airports are begging airlines not to sell any more tickets until the middle of September.
Heathrow London Airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye wrote a letter to passengers claiming the cap was to help everyone have a more “reliable summer journey.”
According to Holland-Kaye – Heathrow simply doesn’t have enough staff to handle all the incoming and outgoing travelers – so he’s asking airlines to literally stop selling tickets.
Heathrow Media Centre reported:
“Our assessment is that the maximum number of daily departing passengers that airlines, airline ground handlers and the airport can collectively serve over the summer is no more than 100,000.
The latest forecasts indicate that even despite the amnesty, daily departing seats over the summer will average 104,000 – giving a daily excess of 4,000 seats. On average only about 1,500 of these 4,000 daily seats have currently been sold to passengers, and so we are asking our airline partners to stop selling summer tickets to limit the impact on passengers.”
Because Heathrow failed at planning and preparing and is now unable to handle the influx of people traveling – the airlines (but ultimately travelers) – will suffer.
Travelers are already faced with canceled flights and limited flight times – now their summer may be ruined for good – all because airlines are told they must slash their already narrow schedules even further.
Thankfully, some airlines have refused to comply – forcing Heathrow to own the mess they’ve created.
The New York Times reported:
“Some airlines were critical of the cap. British Airways called it “incredibly disappointing news for our customers,” adding that it would have to reduce an already slimmed-down summer flight schedule.
Virgin Atlantic said it supported the measure but looked forward to a plan to return flying to its regular schedule.
Emirates, however, expressed its discontent more directly, saying that Heathrow, “now faced with an ‘airmageddon’ situation due to their incompetence and non-action,” was pushing “the entire burden — of costs and the scramble to sort the mess — to airlines and travelers.”
We are more than two years into the COVID-19 hysteria – one would think by now airports would be prepared.
But of course – they continue to rattle off a slew of excuses and force everyone else – yet again – to suffer for their lack of preparedness.
So if you were hoping to travel to Europe this summer – be warned.
Some airlines have resorted to flying empty planes with no passengers to control the number of people lingering at airports – and Delta even flew a plane from Heathrow with over 1,000 pieces of lost luggage back to the United States – without one passenger on board.
Heathrow isn’t the first airport to cap travelers either – they’re following the lead of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, which have capped passengers through the end of August.
But if there is one thing the airports and airlines have learned in this mess – it’s that travelers are still out in full force – and all the delays, threats, and restrictions aren’t going to stop ‘em.
What are your thoughts on Heathrow telling airlines to stop selling tickets for the rest of the summer?
Have you traveled to Europe this summer? If so, what was your experience?
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