The British airline British Airways announced on Monday, the cancellation of thousands of flights to and from Heathrow airport, the busiest in London and the United Kingdom, in an attempt to reduce the many inconveniences caused by the lack of staff, in turn due to the redundancies recorded with the crisis of the sector caused by the pandemic. British Airways said it plans to cancel 629 flights between now and October 29, and that the programming of winter flights, which lasts until the end of March, will be reduced by 8 percent: it is expected that the decision will lead to the cancellation of about 10 thousand flights.
However, British Airways has reassured passengers by saying that alternative flights or refunds are available for most of the affected routes.
In recent weeks British Airways had already cut tens of thousands of other flights, and in early August it had temporarily suspended ticket sales for short haul flights departing from Heathrow Airport. The latter had instead decided to to limit to a maximum of 100 thousand per day the number of people departing from the airport until 11 September. The main cause of all these measures had always been the lack of staff to work at full capacity, due to the pandemic.