The Guardian - Mark Sweney

Heathrow has said a cap on passenger numbers could be reintroduced on some of the busiest days in the run-up to Christmas to avoid further travel chaos, as Europe’s busiest airport admitted it is still short of 25,000 staff to meet demand at peak times.

The airport, which is due to lift the current cap of 100,000 passengers a day this Saturday that was introduced in July as summer holiday travel descended into chaos, said it was in talks with airlines over the selective cap.

The airport said it had established a recruitment taskforce to help fill vacancies, and was working with the government on a review of airline ground handling, which follows passengers having to wait for hours for their luggage during the summer holidays.

Heathrow said passenger numbers were likely to hit 60-62 million this year, 25% lower than in 2019.

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