Numerous BA cancellations at Gatwick for Summer 2016

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If you do, I recommend you have a look at your booking to see if it is still active. BA tends to take a few weeks to contact people and, by then, your most convenient alternative may be gone.

BA announced a substantial number of cancellations to the 2016 Gatwick Summer schedule yesterday.  This appears to be the result of long-term mechanical issues which will see an additional A320 aircraft no longer joining the Gatwick fleet.  Marrakech and Malta take the biggest hits.

British Airways BA 787

The cancellations are:

Cancelled for the full March – October season:

Genoa – 1 flight per week (6-8 remain)

Glasgow – 1 flight per week (26 remain, no great loss!)

Nice – 3 flights per week (20 remain)

The following will be cancelled for, roughly, the Summer school holiday period:

Marrakech – 2 flights per week (3 flights will remain)

Catania – 1 flight per week (7 remain)

Malta – 2 flights per week (5 remain)

Dubrovnik – 1 flight per week (7 remain)

Other:

Verona – 1 flight per week (2-3 remain), non-school holiday periods only

Tenerife – 1 flight per week (5 remain), May / June only

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Comments

  1. I’d booked a redemption flight one-way from Dalaman to LGW for early May 2016 – this has been cancelled too.

    Called BA and they’ve refunded the avios, still waiting on the £35 fee though.

    Funnily they’ve assigned my booking reference onto someone else’s new booking so now I have a LHR-JFK flight for December showing on my account. A free flight as compensation perhaps?

    • Unless you’re actually seeing someone else’s name in the ‘recycled’ PNR, the JFK segment should just be a dummy segment in your own cancelled booking. PNR codes do get reused but it usually takes a year or two. Have a look at the flight status in checkmytrip.com – if you can access the PNR using your name then it’s still yours.

  2. It looks as if, for DBV, they’ve cancelled the early morning Thursday departure from LGW but kept the lunchtime one – at least that’s what’s showing for the Thursday we’re booked on in May, although August seems to still be at 8-weekly (early morning daily plus lunchtime Thursday from LGW).

    It also seems as if they’ve blocked Y bookings whilst they sort out rebooking existing passengers because the entire week we’re booked, Y now seems “not available” or “sold out”.

  3. Had booked GLA-LGW-LAS CUN-LGW-GLA for June 2016

    The last leg to GLA is now cancelled and we’ve been rebooked from LHR. Any chance of BA paying for the £55 LGW-LHR airport transfer?

  4. nice, they just canceled my flights to teneriffe, which i booked with a 241 voucher. is there any chance i get the voucher back? was issued through avios but expired 3 weeks ago.

    • In that sort of situation I’d demand the voucher was reissued with a new expiry date given it’s totally their fault.

    • That doesn’t sound right. Unless it has recently changed, the expiry date on the BAPP 241 vouchers is use by (for the outbound flight) rather than book by, so if it’s already expired you wouldn’t have been able to use it on those flights.

      Or are you talking about something different such as the companion ticket on the Lloyds Avios Premier rewards card?

  5. There’s at least one BCN flight cancelled too – because we were on it. Now rebooked to LHR.

  6. gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    I don’t understand the Malta cuts. They need more capacity, not less. There have been at least 4 separate trips that I couldn’t make on BA to Malta due to the planes being sold out.

    Of course there are also those last few seats available on alternative days for £450 one way. I’m sure the boffins at Waterside have “done the math(s)” to work out whether putting on larger aircraft will generate enough demand with lower priced seats, but if you cannot rely on a carrier to supply week-round service, you will inevitably look elsewhere. After all, the other carriers to Malta are all in a race to the bottom (apart from EasyJet who are ok, and Ryanair who have already staked a claim to the mineral rights at the bottom)

  7. My flight to LCA (Cyprus) was cancelled from LGW.
    Received an email from BA about 3 weeks ago.

    Phoned BA and they kindly rebooked me a flight (2 A+1 Child) from heathrow instead.
    Fits nicely with my return flight to LHR.

    All using Avios redemption. Happy Chappy here.

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