Heathrow Airport: Travel misery as British Airways to cancel thousands more flights

Over 600 round trips will be cancelled up to October 29, BA has said.

British Airways is set to cancel thousands more flights from its winter schedule.

Further travel misery is planned for travellers using Britain’s biggest airline, it has emerged today (Monday, August 22).

Over 600 round trips will be cancelled up to October 29, BA has said.

Passengers flying via the airline have already suffered cancellations at Heathrow due to staff shortages.

A departures board showing cancelled BA flights from Heathrow. Photo: Getty

An airline 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.”

They added: “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.

“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.”

It is expected around 8% of BA flights will be affected, or around 10,000 flights, of the total winter schedule until the end of March.

As a result of the airline’s staffing problems at Heathrow, Ryanair added more than 500 flights from Stansted during this October’s half term.

Families restricted to flying during school holidays have faced issues including a temporary stop on selling tickets, cancellation of hundreds of flights and a luggage backlog.