Despite the fact that more people were travelling for both business and pleasure in the first half of the year, Heathrow Airport posted another loss.
The biggest airport in the UK posted a pre-tax deficit of £321 million for the six months ending in June.
Heathrow reported that the summer vacation was off to a good start, but added that its capacity was limited by a lack of airline ground handlers.
It said that since imposing a daily passenger cap, timeliness had improved.
Heathrow said earlier this month that it would cap daily passenger departures during the busiest summer months at 100,000.
“Since it was implemented, we’ve seen a considerable increase in performance, punctuality has improved, baggage performance has improved, and that proves the difficult decisions we made two weeks ago are having an effect so that passengers can fly with trust at Heathrow this summer,” he said.
There have been recent delays that have impacted thousands of UK travellers, including last-minute cancelling.
As the number of travellers has increased, airports and airlines that slashed employees during Covid lockdowns have found it difficult to fill positions.