OPINION - The Leader podcast: What does Heathrow passenger cap mean for summer travel?

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Emirates has rejected an order from Heathrow to cancel flights to comply with a cap on passenger numbers (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Archive)
Emirates has rejected an order from Heathrow to cancel flights to comply with a cap on passenger numbers (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Archive)

Emirates has today rejected Heathrow’s order to stop selling some plane tickets, to comply with its to 100,000-a-day cap on passenger numbers.

The airline issued a statement accusing Heathrow of showing “blatant disregard for consumers” by attempting to force carriers to “deny seats to tens of thousands of travellers”.

In response Heathrow said it had asked airlines to “help come up with a plan to solve their resourcing challenges”, but no clear plans were put forward, and the airport had “no choice” but to impose a capacity cap.

Travel Journalist Simon Calder explains what it all means for air travel out of Heathrow, and what might happen next.

And Travel Expert Rob Staines discusses the wider problems facing passengers, and when things might get back to normal.

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