Flying British Airways on Saturday 15th February? Cancellation / reroute guidelines due to Storm Dennis

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British Airways has put in place rebooking guidelines for anyone travelling on a short-haul BA flight on Saturday 15th February.

As this is the first day of half-term, this is likely to impact quite a few readers.

BA is currently planning for potential cuts to its short-haul flying schedule due to Storm Dennis.  These cuts will not be known until Friday.  Cancellations are mandated by the airports and the only flexibility available to BA is which services to cancel.

British Airways storm dennis guidelines

If you are due to travel on Saturday, you can rebook now onto an alternative flight tomorrow (Friday) or between Sunday and Wednesday.

There is a gamble to take here.  Your flight could operate as planned on Saturday.  However, if you wait until it is cancelled, you will be further down the queue to be rebooked.  Due to the half term holidays, it could be a couple of days before seats can be found.

Heathrow passengers are more likely to see cancellations than Gatwick passengers, as Gatwick has more flexibility in its timetable should aircraft need to be given more time to land or take off.  However, rebooking is available to anyone flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or City on Saturday on a short haul route.

Here is a screenshot of the information from the BA travel trade website – click to enlarge:

British Airways Storm Dennis

British Airways will not be contacting you directly unless a firm decision is taken tomorrow to cancel your flight.  The information above is not publicly available via

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  1. Is it likely to be any better at the regional airports. We are due to fly to glasgow tomorrow from southampton. Flybe have sent us an email saying there maybe delays or cancellations because of dennis. Have a hilton booking to make use of £75 off £250 so hoping i dont have to cancel.

    • Shoestring says:


      LHR is so chocka that the airport asks BA to make pre-emptive cancellations just in case/ to avoid having to send planes to other airports if delays start creeping in for landing aircraft

    • Less likely as those airports tend to have more redundancy in terms of capacity

      • in Storm Ciara, FlyBE seemed to cancel some of their Q400 flights, when B737 and A320 flights were still managing to keep going

        • Lady London says:

          Funny that 🙂

          Some aircraft types may be more vulnerable but suspect other factors were in play here! Similar to Saturday afternoon flights mysteriously being the ones to be cut to Vienna instead of others likely to have higher load factors.

  2. Have to say that for me and my partner, BA handled the delay brilliantly. Never in my life have I been upgraded but we got business class from JFK to Heathrow on the Saturday which was a welcome bonus as the flight was delayed just over 3 hours. The lounge was incredible and I actually managed to sleep on a flight for once to lessen the jet lag!

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