There could be even more misery for British holidaymakers as Heathrow has warned it could tell airlines to cut more flights.

The airport said it would review recent schedule changes and ask carriers to take additional action if necessary.

It came as Heathrow apologized for recent chaotic scenes in the travel centre, saying: ‘Despite our best efforts, there have been times in recent weeks where service levels have not been acceptable, with long queues, delays for passengers with reduced mobility, baggage not traveling with passengers or arriving late, and we want to apologize to all passengers who have been affected by this.

Heathrow said nearly 6 million passengers passed through the airport in June, bringing the total for the first six months of the year to 25 million. This equates to 40 years of passenger growth in just four months.

5 things to start your day

1) Putin will ‘most likely’ cut gas supply to Europe – Prepare for rationing and power outages, warns French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire

2) Space entrepreneurs will oversee UK satellite launches from the couch – Lockheed Martin to open remotely accessible Mission Control Center in Oxfordshire

3) Hydrogen reactors will be mass-produced at a UK factory – The start-up ZeroAvia wants to launch zero-carbon flights by 2024

4) Macron held ‘spectacular’ meeting with Uber as he lobbies to rewrite taxi laws – Leaks suggest the French president had a close relationship with then-boss Travis Kalanick when he was economy minister

5) The unlikely suburb of London where fleeing Hong Kongers are starting a new life – Foxtons has set up a special Asia-Pacific helpdesk to meet the huge demand from expats

What happened overnight

Shares in Tokyo opened higher after the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan won a strong victory in Sunday’s upper house elections.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.6pc, while the broader Topix index climbed 1.4pc.

Hong Kong shares fell more than 1% in early trading. The Hang Seng Index fell 1.2pc, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.5pc and the Shenzhen Composite Index on China’s second-largest stock exchange fell 0.4pc

coming today

Company : No major updates planned

Economy: Monthly budget statement (WE); Eurogroup meeting (EU)