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


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FILE – Passengers arriving at London Gatwick Airport


  • In recent weeks, tens of thousands of passengers have been affected by disruptions to an airport in the UK.
  • Flight cancellations have raised concerns about additional travel challenges in the summer.
  • Airlines and baggage handling firms that have laid off employees during COVID19 are struggling to increase the number

Several flights were canceled at London Airport on Monday due to technical problems with baggage systems. Around 30 flights were reportedly canceled at London Heathrow Airport, affecting up to 5,000 passengers. On Monday, the airport asked airlines to cut 10% of scheduled flights through terminals two and three, according to media reports.

He added that reducing the number of flights “will minimize” the impact of technical problems.

British Airways, which operates from Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5, told the BBC it had made “a small number of cancellations” as a result of the airport’s request.

What’s going on at London Airport?

In recent weeks, tens of thousands of passengers have been affected by airport disruptions and flight cancellations in the UK, raising concerns of additional summer travel challenges.

Several flights have recently been canceled due to staffing shortages as the global aviation industry struggles to meet rising travel demand.

On Friday, London’s second-busiest airport said it would limit the number of daily flights to 825 in July and 850 in August, compared to 900 flights a day in the same period before the coronavirus pandemic.

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

“By taking decisive action now, we are committed to helping ground handlers, as well as our airlines, better align their flight programs with available resources,” said Gatwick chief executive Stuart Wingate.

Passengers are facing flight delays and cancellations as airports across Europe struggle to cope with staff shortages and skyrocketing demand for flights after two years hit by the pandemic. Airlines and baggage handling companies that laid off employees during the pandemic are once again trying to boost passenger numbers.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol also cut flight schedules for July, saying a shortage of security personnel means it can’t handle high demand as many families take to the skies for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic eased.

(According to agencies)

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