… under plans to stop chaos being repeated
The Times reports this morning that Gatwick Airport is set to cancel one in ten flights during the coming summer holidays under plans designed to prevent further chaos for holidaymakers.
After weeks of chaos, Britain’s second-largest airport will say today that it will cap the number of flights it handles in July and August. The maximum of 825 daily flights in July and 850 flights in August will mean that as many as 10 per cent of flights will be scrubbed from schedules. This equates to about 100 flights a day being cancelled at Gatwick during the holiday period.
The newspaper observes that Gatwick’s largest operator by some distance is easyJet. Other big players include British Airways and its sister airlines Vueling and Aer Lingus, as well as Tui, the package holiday operator.
The decision comes after a meeting yesterday afternoon between the airport and airlines, convened in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the Jubilee weekend chaos at the airport when 52 departures and 30 arrivals were cancelled on the Sunday alone.
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