2022 – British Airways cancels another 10,000 flights by end of October | British Airways

Hundreds of thousands of British Airways passengers will once again have to rethink their travel plans after the airline said it would cancel more than 10,000 flights by the end of October.

At the same time, there have been more voices from rail unions calling for a strike among operators, including LNER, which could contribute to the summer traffic disruption.

British Airways said its move was aimed at “protecting holiday flights” after it saw chaos over the Easter and mid-term holidays due to a shortage of airline and airport staff.

It will cancel an average of about 100 flights a day as it continues to struggle to maintain its schedule amid labor shortages and looming strikes at its main hub, Heathrow.

British Airways said all flights affected in the latest round of cancellations will be short-haul flights, as there are more daily flights on major city routes.

It follows a similar number of precautionary cancellations made in early May for the entire summer season, and comes on top of a relatively small number — about 650 — canceled from July’s schedules last week.

The airline said the entire airline industry “remains facing significant challenges and we are fully focused on making our operations more flexible to give our customers the peace of mind they deserve.”

The latest cut in flight schedules, which has canceled nearly one in seven British Airways flights for sale, is made possible thanks to a “pardon for slots” announced by the government last month.

This has allowed British Airways and others to scale back their operations this year without losing the right to valuable landing sites at Heathrow and other busy airports that normally use a “use it or lose it” rule.

BA said: β€œThe government recently decided to give a respite to the entire industry to reduce potential disruptions this summer. Taking further action may not be what we wanted, but it is the right thing to do for our customers and colleagues. This new flexibility means we can reduce our flight schedule even more. and incorporating some of our quieter services so that we can protect as many of our leisure travels as possible.”

She said most flights were unaffected and the majority of customers would get away with it as planned, but added: “We do not underestimate the impact and are doing everything we can to get their travel plans back on track.” We will contact you to apologize and offer options to rebook new flights with us or another airline, or issue a full refund, as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of other workers from three railway companies have voted to strike industrial action, which could add to the impact of this summer’s rail strikes.

Union members of LNER’s TSSA, East Coast long-distance rail operator and Essex c2c passenger service voted to strike, while Northern members voted for a no-strike measure. The vote results follow a similar strike vote in Cross Country and the East Midlands on Tuesday and Avanti last week.

The union said it would not immediately set dates for the strike, but would study the next steps with workers’ representatives in each operator. It had been previously suggested that the measures could be timed to affect the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later in the month.

TSSA members have various roles for railway companies, including station and ticket offices, customer service, and train monitoring and management.

Union members of Network Rail are largely in management positions who acted as emergency crews when the RMT union signals struck last month, allowing a limited number of trains to operate on main lines. A coordinated strike can bring services to a complete standstill. The Network Rail TSSA prank election result is due to come out on Monday.

The Aslef union, which represents train drivers, will announce the results of voting in nine rail operators on the same day, while the RMT union, which represents 40,000 rail workers from 13 rail operators and Network Rail, resumed talks on Monday to settle their dispute.

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