British Airways suspends the sale of short-haul tickets

BA suspends the sale of short-haul tickets from Heathrow.

In an unprecedented move, British Airways has suspended all short-haul flights from its main base, London Heathrow, until at least August 9.

The move is in line with Heathrow Airport’s decision to limit capacity and tackle widespread disruption and cancellations.

This will cause thousands of seats to be withdrawn from sale and is expected to drive up already high prices across the sector.

BA, which operates more than half of flights departing from Heathrow Airport, said: “We have decided to take responsible action.”

“Following Heathrow’s request to limit new bookings, we have decided to take responsible action and limit the fares available on certain Heathrow services in order to maximize rebooking options for existing customers, given the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing challenges faced by the entire aviation industry,” the airline said in a statement.

Aviation experts said it was ‘highly possible’ that ticket sales would be restricted for the rest of the summer, including the August bank holiday, due to huge holiday demand from last minute.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” a senior aviation source told The Times.

“BA will have hated having to do this at the height of the summer season. This removes them completely from the lucrative last-minute market at a crucial time. »

BA has also been accused of artificially inflating prices on some routes to discourage bookings. “There were times when London-Edinburgh was north of £400 one way,” a source said.

“They were doing this to discourage bookings. Even the vast majority of business customers wouldn’t pay that.

Heathrow has been battling massive queues and disruptions to its baggage handling operations this summer, with arriving passengers leaving the airport without their bags and having to wait a week for their bags to be repatriated.

Last month British Airways announced it would cancel 10,300 flights through October, with one million passengers affected.

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