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The boss of Heathrow Airport has hit back at Ryanair, saying the airline is wrong to blame airports for recent travel disruption.

John Holland-Kaye told the BBC it was up to airlines, not airports, to provide ground handling staff.

On Monday, a Ryanair executive criticised airports for not recruiting enough staff.

Staff shortages at airports have led to major disruption and cancellations in recent months.

Ground handling staff are responsible for a range of services at airports, including loading and unloading baggage.

The row comes as the UK's largest airport reported another loss in the first half of the year, even though people were travelling more for business and holidays.

Heathrow reported a pre-tax loss of £321m in the six months to the end of June.

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