THOUSANDS of British Airways have been canceled in the coming months due to a passenger cap and lower than expected winter demand.
Around 5,000 BA short-haul flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport were also canceled over the winter – around 8 per cent of the airline’s flights through March 2023.
BA has also canceled 629 short-haul return flights through October 29 after Heathrow Airport increased its daily passenger limit of 100,000 due to staff shortages.
The airline said those affected by the cancellations would be contacted and given an alternative flight or a refund.
A BA spokesman said: “Following Heathrow’s decision to extend its passenger cap, we are making adjustments to our short-haul plan for the next two months.
“While the vast majority of our customers will be traveling as planned and we are protecting key holiday destinations during the half term, we have a number of further cancellations to make before the end of October.
“In addition, we are informing customers traveling with us this winter of some adjustments to our flight schedule, including the consolidation of some of our short-haul flights to multi-connection destinations.
“We will offer customers affected by any of these changes an alternative flight on British Airways or another airline, or the option of a refund.”
In June, EasyJet confirmed it was cutting flights at Gatwick Airport in response to a cap imposed by the airport.
It wants to “build additional resilience” as the aviation sector across Europe faces “operational issues”.
In July, Heathrow Airport imposed a passenger cap until September 11, which meant airlines had to cancel flights and limit seating on some trips.
On August 15 West London Airport extended the cap until October 29.
Overall BA flight capacity was reduced by around 13% between May and October this year.
Other airlines are also expected to cancel in the next two months.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20711660.british-airways-flights-cancelled-including-gatwick/?ref=rss British Airways flights, including Gatwick, have been cancelled