What do you need to know

What do you need to know

What do you need to know

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British Airways has suspended the sale of tickets on short haul flights departing from Heathrow. How will this affect travelers and why did they do it?

Have other British Airways flights been canceled?

No additional flights were canceled following the suspension of short-haul ticket sales.

Are there any passengers who are bumped? What if you have a ticket?

No. Passengers with existing bookings will still be able to travel and incoming flights will not be affected. Long-haul tickets are still on sale.

So what did BA do?

It has stopped selling more last-minute tickets on its short-haul flights from Heathrow to meet the passenger limit announced from London Airport three weeks ago. BA suspended sales last weekend and has now extended them until August 15th.

BA operates far more services from Heathrow than any other airline, with its own dedicated terminal, and immediately agreed on the limit, which limits the number of passengers to 100,000 per day across the airport.

What was the cap used for?

The limit was to ensure that scheduled services could operate without delay amid last minute cancellations, as the aviation industry continues to struggle to recruit and retain sufficient staff to meet the demand for flights after travel restrictions Covid have been lifted.

Heathrow says there is a shortage of ground staff, who are hired or hired by airlines. This has contributed to large check-in queues and baggage claim problems, with the possibility of any delays or hiccups turning into larger chaos.

So was BA suspending short-haul sales just part of that deal?

Yes. The airline says the decision will “also maximize rebooking options” for passengers suspended from those flights it actually canceled four weeks ago.

Will continue?

The limit is in effect until September 11th. BA has now suspended short-haul ticket sales for another week, until August 15, and will monitor the decision. It also plans to limit sales “dynamically” throughout the summer, without a general ban, by limiting seats on particular flights during peak periods, although most outbound travel takes place in the first weeks of the school holidays.

Will it stop people from traveling?

Few people will be directly affected. The vast majority of summer passengers are leisure travelers and book in advance. In a normal year, many peak season services are fully booked. Those who wanted to travel at the last minute specifically on a BA flight, such as business travelers and frequent flyers with points, might be disappointed. But BA Heathrow’s summer fares were already prohibitive for most people, even those with enough disposable income for a summer vacation.

The capacity limit could increase airfares in general for people who left very late to book. Most short-haul destinations can be reached by alternative airlines from other London airports, or by less environmentally damaging methods, such as train, ship or car. BA’s profits will only be slightly impacted by the loss of revenue from last minute bookings.

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