UK to cancel short-haul flights to Europe until June

Date:

British Airways will continue to slash flights to popular European destinations into the summer because of staff shortages – plunging holiday plans into turmoil.

The airline has been cancelling up to 100 flights a day in and out of Heathrow, disrupting travel for thousands of passengers.

Advertisement

In a fresh blow to travellers, Sean Doyle, chief executive of British Airways (BA), told staff yesterday that the number of flights to some destinations would be decreased until the end of June, a month longer than expected, to make its schedules more reliable.

The majority of services being cut are short-haul, high-frequency flights to European destinations, BA has confirmed to British Airways has already culled long-haul flights to Miami, Hong Kong and Tokyo over the summer and plans to restart them in September.

The news came after Easter chaos at airports when a combination of Covid absences among staff, a surge in post-pandemic holiday demand, and more than 200,000 unfilled roles in the sector led to lengthy queues at airports, with British Airways (BA) and EasyJet cancelling hundreds of flights.

Mr Doyle reportedly said yesterday that the airline had had to grow its flight schedule from 30 per cent of normal capacity to 80 per cent in just a few months.

British Airways has been cancelling dozens of flights a day as the carrier grapples with staff shortages.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said today that recruits to the industry would be allowed to start training before receiving security check clearance.

Advertisement

Speaking to the Commons’ Transport Select Committee, Mr Shapps said he had called Mr Doyle into his office for urgent talks yesterday to discuss the ongoing disruption.

 

 

Share post:

spot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

Dominica: Honorable Cozier P. Frederick Visits Sineku

The purpose of the trip was to show off the work of the department and have a conversation with the people of Sineku.

Britishvolt: EY Under Problem for Conflict of Interest

EY, one of the "Big Four" consulting firms, is being criticised for acting as both a consultant and an administrator for the failed battery start-up Britishvolt.

India Sends SCO Summit Invitation for Regional Cooperation

India has invited all SCO members to attend the Goa summit of foreign ministers scheduled for May 4-5, 2023.

UK Government announces cryptocurrency regulations

This week, the Treasury said there would be rules for making, lending, and digital trading tokens called cryptocurrencies.