British Airways cancels thousands more flights up until 2023 due to Heathrow cap

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British Airways is cancelling thousands more flights across the next six months, affecting travel right up until 2023.

The airline's decision could affect both October half term and Christmas trips abroad.

The carrier was forced to cancel flights from London Heathrow due to the airport’s new passenger cap.

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And, now BA has said more flights have been slashed from the roster until March 2023. Around 629 round trips scheduled from now until October have been cancelled – that means around 12 routes a day from Heathrow.

These include popular short haul flights to European hotspots like Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Lisbon in Portugal.

And, around 5,000 more routes are likely to be slashed from UK routes this winter meaning that around one million British passengers will be affected by March 2023.

Both long and short haul flights are included in the rescheduling – including Asian destinations due to Covid restrictions still in place at those locations.

Anyone who is affected by the cancellations will be contacted directly and you can get a full refund or your flight rebooked.

“Following Heathrow’s decision to extend its passenger cap we’re making adjustments to our short-haul schedule for the next two months,” a BA spokesperson said.

“While the vast majority of our customers will travel as planned and we’re protecting key holiday destinations over half-term, we will need to make some further cancellations up to the end of October.

“We’ll be offering customers affected by any of these changes an alternative flight with British Airways or another airline or the option of a refund.

“In addition, we’re giving customers travelling with us this winter notice of some adjustments to our schedule, which will include consolidating some of our short-haul flights to destinations with multiple services.”

The move is the latest bid by BA to reduce services as it struggles to meet demand following the lifting of coronavirus lockdowns.

British Airways is not the only airline to have cancelled or disrupted flights this year.

Ryanair is experiencing strikes throughout summer affecting flights to and from Spain.

Ryanair cabin crew members in Spain are walking out Monday to Thursday every week from now until January 7, marking five months of industrial action that's set to impact travel plans.

The workers are demanding better pay and working conditions from the budget Irish airline, a leader of the USO union has said.

And, easyJet has experienced disruption throughout summer including a massive technical failure in May that resulted in mass cancellations.

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Due to the travel chaos witnessed at British airports, Heathrow placed a cap on the number of passengers allowed to fly out from its tarmac each day.

A cap of 100,000 daily departing passengers has been applied to all airlines using the airport.

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