Heathrow to Lift Passenger Cap in Late October

London’s Heathrow Airport is set to lift on Oct. 29 the 100,000-per-day passenger cap it instituted in July, according to a New York Times report. Initially, the cap was to last only until Sept. 11, but the airport in August extended it to late October.

Heathrow cited fewer cancellations and shorter wait times for luggage as the reasons for lifting the cap, according to the report. The cap’s announcement was unpopular with most industry organizations and airlines, with Emirates calling it an “unreasonable and unacceptable” demand, but each worked with the airport to comply.

The airport did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The news comes a few days after Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport announced it would extend its passenger cap until the end of March 2023, with the possibility of moving it up to the end of January.

“This obviously affects travellers and airlines, which we of course consider very unfortunate,” Royal Schiphol Group COO Hanne Buis said in a statement. “Together with the security companies and unions, we are working hard on making structural improvements—a daunting task in a very tight labour market.”

Schiphol said it will work with all its airlines “to arrive at the required capacity reduction.”

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