That’s the claim from the boss of Heathrow airport as flights continue to be cancelled with some passengers experiencing long delays. The Government has urged action from the travel industry but is criticised for offering little practical support. NEW
The CEO of Heathrow airport, John Holland-Kaye, has said large-scale cancellations and delays could last for another 18 months.
“I think it will take 12 to 18 months for the aviation sector to fully recover capacity, so we will have to really carefully manage supply and demand,” Holland-Kay said at the Financial Times’ Global Boardroom conference earlier this month.
He wants the government to make it easier to recruit staff with security background checks speeded up.
Action has already been taken over the summer with Gatwick Airport forced to reduce the number of flights during the peak summer period due to staff shortages.
The number of daily flights is to be reduced to 825 in July and 850 in August – down from 900 in past years.