British Airways set to cut 10,000 short-haul flights

Thousands more short-haul flights have been scrapped by British Airways due to continued staff shortages as well as an extension of the passenger cap at Heathrow.

BA has canceled around 5,000 short-haul flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport over the winter period, or around 8% of the airline’s flights through March 2023.

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A BA spokesperson issued a statement regarding the recent cancellations:

“Following Heathrow’s decision to extend its passenger cap, we are making adjustments to our short-haul program for the next two months. While the vast majority of our customers will travel as planned and we are protecting key destinations vacation over half of the term, we will have to make further cancellations until the end of October.”

What does this mean for customers traveling with British Airways?

BA announced that customers affected by the cancellations would be contacted by them and given an alternative flight or refund.

Many customers have already expressed their anger towards the airline, as many experts predict an increase in airfares during the winter period and the ski season due to mass cancellations of seat sales and the economic crisis.

Long-haul flights, which are more lucrative for the airline, will largely be protected, along with short-haul services to popular ski destinations such as Switzerland, France and Austria.

In July, at the height of summer demand, Heathrow Airport imposed a passenger cap until September 11, meaning airlines had to cancel flights and limit seats to some European destinations. On August 15, West London Airport extended the cap until October 29.

Flight capacity was reduced overall by around 13% between May and October this year and other airlines are also expected to make cancellations over the next two months following demands for better airline pay. due to lack of staff.

Have you been affected by these recent cancellations? Let us know in the comments.

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