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British Airways is suspending ticket sales for short-haul flights from Heathrow

British Airways has suspended sales of short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport for several days.

Customers will not be able to book any domestic or European flights departing from West London Airport until Monday 8th August.

Fares can still be booked on short-haul BA flights to Heathrow.

The airline said the move was in response to Heathrow’s request to cap new bookings.

In a statement on Monday, BA said: “Following Heathrow’s request to cap new bookings, we have decided to take responsible action and cap available fares on some Heathrow services in order to increase rebooking options for existing customers in light of the restrictions maximize the challenges we are facing and the ongoing challenges facing the entire aviation industry.”

Heathrow announced last month that it would be allowing no more than 100,000 daily departing passengers until September 11th.

BA previously responded to the cap on passenger numbers at Heathrow by announcing it would cancel 10,300 flights by October, with one million passengers affected.

Many passengers flying to and from Britain’s busiest airport have suffered severe disruption in recent months, with long security queues and baggage system failures.

Tens of thousands of flights have been canceled to meet demand for air travel amid staff shortages.

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Airlines have been accused of “harmful practices” in treating passengers affected by disruption (Steve Parsons/PA)

It comes after Emirates last month refused Heathrow’s order to cancel flights to comply with the cap.

The airline accused the airport of showing “blatant disregard for consumers” by trying to force it to “deny seats to tens of thousands of travelers” through the cap.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said at the time it would be “disappointing” if “any airline wanted to put profit ahead of safe and reliable passenger travel”.

Virgin Atlantic also criticized the airport’s actions, claiming it was responsible for outages adding to the chaos.

The airlines were accused on July 21 of “harmful practices” in the treatment of passengers affected by disruptions.

The Competition and Markets Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority have issued a joint letter to airlines expressing concern that “consumers could suffer significant harm if airlines fail to meet their obligations”.

The letter states: “We are concerned that some airlines may not be doing everything possible to avoid engaging in one or more harmful practices.”

These include selling more tickets for flights “than they can reasonably expect to deliver”, not always “full fulfillment of commitments”, offering flights on alternative airlines to passengers affected by cancellations, and failing to give consumers “sufficient clarity.” and to inform in advance of their rights”.

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