British Airways has suspended ticket sales for short-haul flights from Heathrow until August 8 after London airport decided to limit capacity and address widespread disruptions and cancellations.
The IAG-owned airline said the sales suspension for domestic and European destinations is designed to allow existing customers to rebook flights if necessary.
Airlines and airports across the UK and Europe are struggling with the recovery in travel post-lockdown, with many not hiring enough check-in and baggage handlers.
Heathrow, like Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, has urged airlines to cap the number of tickets they sell over the summer after capping the number of passengers departing from the hub at 100,000 a day to limit queues, baggage delays and cancellations .
Heathrow last week said the cap had resulted in a significant improvement in punctuality and baggage handling.
“Following Heathrow’s request to limit new bookings, we have decided to take responsible action and limit available fares on some Heathrow services to maximize rebooking options for existing customers given the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing Challenges across the aviation industry,” BA said in a statement.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/british-airways-halts-short-haul-ticket-sales-until-august-8-41883752.html British Airways will stop selling short-haul tickets until August 8th