Holidays at risk as British Airways cancels popular routes

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British Airways has canceled hundreds of flights to US and Middle East destinations due to ongoing staff shortages

Flights from the UK to the US and the Middle East are among the cancellations coming throughout the summer as the airline struggles with staff shortages.

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British Airways has canceled hundreds of flights to popular holiday destinations (Photo: Shutterstock)

Which flights have been cancelled?

British Airways has canceled half of its flights from London Heathrow to Miami, with flights reduced from two a day to one from June 4 until at least September.

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The airline said the canceled daily flight to and from Miami will be picked up by American Airlines.

Hong Kong has been removed from the flight list due to ongoing entry restrictions due to the Covid pandemic and flights from London to Tokyo have been suspended for the remainder of the 2022 summer season. These destinations will not be served until September or October.

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Other popular routes that will be affected are flights from London to Berlin, Dublin and Paris.

It’s not yet clear how many other British Airways flights could be canceled over the summer.

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Flights to Miami have been reduced from two to one day per day from June 4 through September (Photo: Getty Images)

In response to a large number of complaints, British Airways CEO Sean Doyle has emailed customers apologizing for the cancellations and long delays, reports The Mail.

The email read: “We will do whatever it takes to get you where you need to be.”

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The move comes after the airline canceled more than 100 flights this week, with the disruption attributed to staff shortages due to Covid or a reduction in flight schedules.

How long could the travel disruption last?

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Industry experts have warned it could take months to resolve the travel chaos due to staff shortages.

Around 300 flights were canceled by British Airways alone over the Easter weekend and the airline has canceled more than 1,000 flights in the past three weeks.

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Passengers traveling via major UK airports have been urged to arrive up to four hours before their flight departure due to the disruption.

Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, previously said of the issues affecting the airline industry: “This is a staggering number of flight cancellations caused by a cocktail of understaffing and Covid-induced staff shortages.

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“Airlines certainly see high demand for flights but are simply unable to meet that demand due to a lack of resources.

“It’s a nightmare situation for airlines and airports right now.”

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