British Airways will cancel about 5,000 return flights this winter after cutting about 13 per cent of its flight schedule this summer due to staff shortages and extended capacity constraints at its London Heathrow hub.
The airline, which is owned by IAG SA, announced it is adjusting its winter schedule, including consolidating some of its short-haul flights to multi-service destinations. The cuts amount to about 8 percent of the timetable for this period.
BA will also cancel 629 return flights until October 29 after Heathrow extended its cap of 100,000 passengers per day in a bid to stem the chaos, which airport operators say is due to groundhandling companies being understaffed.
About 80 per cent of BA’s 120,637 flights this winter are short-haul flights, and Geneva is expected to be the airline’s top destination during the period, followed by Amsterdam, Barcelona and Edinburgh, according to data from aeronautical analysis firm Cirium.
While airlines across Europe struggled with staff shortages, BA was hardest hit after laying off 10,000 workers at the height of the Covid pandemic. The airline was forced to offer some workers a 13 percent pay rise in an agreement with unions that staved off the threat of a strike.
BA said customers affected by the changes can opt for alternative flights on the airline or another airline, or request a refund. The airline plans to operate around 290 daily return services from Heathrow this winter.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/british-airways-extends-cuts-scrapping-8pc-of-winter-flights-41930475.html British Airways extends cuts, canceling 8 per cent of winter flights