Increasing capacity at Heathrow airport, or capping the number of flights operating during the region’s worst winter months, are being touted as the only solution to minimising disruptions in the future.
Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate, last week approached the UK’s Transport Secretary asking for a meeting of London’s three main airports after “small amounts of snow” meant more chaos for customers, when sweeping cuts to airline schedules were implemented at Heathrow. The solution, he said, was that the "over-scheduling of flights at Heathrow during the winter should stop."
While temperatures were forecast to rise over the week, Heathrow airport management has also spoken out about the need to find a long term solution. However, rather than considering a cap on services, early feedback suggested lobbying for expansion plans at the airport would again be stepped up.