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British Airways suspends short-haul flight tickets from Heathrow


British Airways said the move — which is able to run until Aug. 8 — was taken in response to Heathrow’s request.

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LONDON — British Airways suspended the sale of short-haul flight tickets departing from London’s Heathrow after the airport asked airlines to limit recent bookings.

In a press release Tuesday, the airline said the move — which is able to run until Aug. 8 — was taken in response to Heathrow’s request.

“We have decided to take responsible motion and limit the available fares on some Heathrow services to assist maximise rebooking options for existing customers, given the restrictions imposed on us and the continuing challenges facing your complete aviation industry,” the statement read.

Heathrow Airport said it was glad its biggest airline followed the request: “We’re pleased to see motion from British Airways, acting responsibly and likewise putting passengers first.”

Europe’s biggest airport by passenger numbers announced it will impose a cap of 100,000 each day departing passengers on July 12 because the airline industry continues to struggle with staff shortages.

The airport said its decision to limit numbers was taken “in the perfect interests of passengers” to offer “higher, more reliable journeys this summer.”

The capability cap can be in place until Sep. 11.

Heathrow had between 110,000 and 125,000 each day passenger departures in July and August 2019.

Similar scenes in mainland Europe

Europe’s third-biggest airport, Amsterdam’s Schiphol, has also announced quite a lot of passenger caps through the summer.

“The aim of setting a maximum is to make sure the security of passengers and employees and to create a reliable process on the airport,” the airport said in a press release.

“All efforts are focused on keeping the results for travellers to a minimum.”

Currently a maximum of 73,000 passengers are capable of depart from the Dutch airport, but that number will drop to 67,500 in September. This can then increase to 69,500 in October.

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