British Airways suspends ticket sales this month – affected airports

Heathrow Airport: Passengers in long queues on July 1st

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British Airways has decided to pause the sale of flights to domestic and European destinations from London Heathrow airport for two weeks.

Heathrow, as well as other airports across Britain, has been struggling to cope with capacity in the last few months due to a shortage of staff.

London Heathrow recently told airlines to limit the number of tickets they sell over the summer months.

This was to avoid hour-long queues, baggage delays and cancellations which have been severely disrupting passengers these last few weeks.

The airport also limited the number of passengers departing each day to 100,000.

The passenger restriction is set to remain in place until September 11.

Now, British Airways has decided to suspend the ticket sale to all UK and European destinations until August 15.

BA said in a statement: “As a result of Heathrow’s request to limit new bookings, we’ve decided to take responsible action and limit the available fares on some Heathrow services to help maximise rebooking options for existing customers, given the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing challenges facing the entire aviation industry.”

Therefore, at the time of writing the only affected airport is London Heathrow, British Airways’ biggest base.

Aviation consultant John Strickland warned flights over the next week will likely be full, leaving “almost no room to manoeuvre to rebook passengers” in case further cancellations or delays take place.

“It therefore has little choice but to take seats off sale to protect for this eventuality and sacrifice last minute high price ticket sales,” he explained.

‘More to follow…’

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