Heathrow airport asks airlines to cancel 10% of flights due to baggage backlog

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Heathrow has asked for airlines to cancel a proportion of their flights as they face a luggage crisis.

The airport has previously seen hundreds of passengers waiting over three hours to collect their suitcases over the weekend.

Airlines have now even been asked to consolidate their flights – asking passengers to board different timed departures to ensure they get away.

The offer is a request not a demand so airlines decide whether they will do so.

A Heathrow spokesperson told SkyNews: "We apologise unreservedly for the disruption passengers have faced over the course of this weekend.

"The technical issues affecting baggage systems have led to us making the decision to request airlines operating in Terminals 2 and 3 to consolidate their schedules on Monday 20 June.

"This will enable us to minimise ongoing impact and we ask that all passengers check with their airlines for the latest information."

Staggering images of luggage piled high at the airport have shocked Brits this weekend.

And, bosses have reportedly blamed “technical issues” for the problem which has seen customers queueing for hours to get their luggage.

Many decided to call it quits and head home leaving their suitcases to be couriered to their address.

But, this means that mountains of bags have been left to pile up at the terminal.

At the beginning of June, the GMB union, which represents workers in the aviation industry, noted that if people bring cabin baggage only it “limits the disruption” to flights.

And, this morning, the Independent warned that thousands of passengers faced baggage cancellations.

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