BA axes hundreds more summer flights from Gatwick and Heathrow

5 July 2022, 17:52

British Airways has revealed it will be scrapping hundreds more flights from Gatwick and Heathrow.
British Airways has revealed it will be scrapping hundreds more flights from Gatwick and Heathrow. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

Holidaymakers face further travel misery this summer after British Airways revealed it will be scrapping hundreds more flights from Gatwick and Heathrow.

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Tens of thousands of passengers are set to be affected by the airline's latest move, which will hit two of London's busiest airports hard.

The airline said in a statement that it had "regrettably" become necessary to further reduce its operations.

It comes as the Government has introduced a slot amnesty, which enables airlines to temporarily hand back without punishment any take-off and landing slots they do not have the resources to use.

Under normal rules, carriers lose slots if they do not use them.

The aviation industry is under severe pressure as a surge in demand for travel coincides with staff shortages across roles such as airline crew, ground handlers, airport security staff and air traffic controllers.

Thousands of flights have been cancelled and many passengers have been forced to wait for several hours in long queues at airports in recent months.

In May, British Airways announced that it would cancel 10 per cent of flights between April and October in a bid to avoid having to axe flights at the last minute on the day of departure.

But the latest cancellations take this figure to around 11 per cent.

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The carrier said: "We took pre-emptive action earlier this year to reduce our summer schedule to provide customers with as much notice as possible about any changes to their travel plans.

"As the entire aviation industry continues to face into the most challenging period in its history, regrettably it has become necessary to make some further reductions.

"We're in touch with customers to apologise and offer to rebook them or issue a full refund."

The airline welcomed the slot amnesty, saying it is "making it easier to consolidate some of our quieter daily flights to multi-frequency destinations well in advance, and to protect more of our holiday flights".

Heathrow previously ordered 30 flights for the morning of June 30 to be cancelled at short notice in a rare "schedule intervention" because it would have been unable to handle the passengers.

British Airways workers based at the west London airport are deciding on strike dates which are likely to be during the peak summer holiday period.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions, including check-in staff, voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay.

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