10000 winter flights are cut by the British Airways

 Wednesday, August 24, 2022 


British Airways will cut roughly 10,000 short-haul flights to and from Heathrow Airport between late October and March. This is aimed to minimise disruption in the winter and some long-haul flights as well.

British Airways are cutting about 626 flights for round trips per day. This will total 629 flights until the end of October. Heathrow, which is British Airway’s original destination, has capped passenger flights from last week due to staff shortage. The airport has suffered significantly to cater for the rising amount of passengers.

Airports and airlines, which cut jobs during the height of Covid restrictions, have found it difficult to recruit enough staff as demand for holidays has returned.

The passenger pressure has pushed the airport to decide on the management. The long-haul flights have been restricted from the Covid period. Most cancellations are said to complement the winter holidays in the UK.

The airline said it was expecting to operate about 290 round trips per day from London Heathrow at the time of winter. Its total capacity for the winter schedule will be reduced by 8%.

Previously British Airways cut more than 30,000 flights for the summer period. They have also planned a slow ramp up towards the winter. But the passenger cap says that it cannot run as many as they have hoped. The passenger cap has been initially imposed on 11 September but they have recently extended it to 29 October.

John Strickland, an aviation consultant, said the number of flights cut appeared to be a very negligible amount in the context of what could have been planned beforehand.

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