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British Airways cuts European flights by 18% due to coronavirus

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British Airways has filed a substantial number of short-haul cancellations.  This will see the European flying programme cut by 18%.

Because of the requirement to pay EC261 compensation if flights are cancelled less than 14 days in advance, the bulk of these cancellations are for late March.

There are also cancellations for dates before 22nd March but these are not as extreme as the numbers shown below.

For the week of 22nd March, this is what has been filed:

London City:

Flights cut from 418 to 361 (down 13.6%)

London Gatwick (short haul):

Flights cut from 347 to 280 (down 19.3%)

London Heathrow (short haul):

Flights cut from 1,615 to 1,320 (down 18%)

These changes have been made WITHOUT any agreement on slot dispensations.  It is possibly not a coincidence that the cancellation figure is very close to the 20% line at which British Airways would be at risk of losing its take-off and landing slots.

That said, the cancellation numbers above do NOT include the cancellations to Northern Italy which were announced after these changes had been filed.

The biggest losers include, for 22nd March onwards:

Bordeaux (6/9 weekly cancelled)

Genoa (all cancelled)

Rome (4/7 cancelled from Gatwick)

Billund (3/7 cancelled)

Zagreb (4/8 cancelled)

You can see the full breakdown by route on Routes Online here.

Realisatically, we can expect substantial additional cancellations if a slot waiver is given.

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Comments (85)

  • JohnT says:

    BA had cancelled one of our flights to Naples, but we had booked Hotel direct and would have lost money if we cancelled (mainly due to risk of a lockdown there – due to a dependant at home!). However today hotel said their government had asked business to help stop the spread, so our hotel is closing for March (in Sorrento) to help avoid any spread of Covid-19 to that area. While this suits us well, I wonder what other Italian business will be doing as a result?

  • Tyna says:

    It’s just been announced that the whole on Italy is going into lock down.

  • Chris says:

    Qantas also doing a lot of cancellations and grounding 8 of their a380’s. The London – Sydney route is not going be A380 via Singapore but become another 787 ‘non-stop’ service via Perth. Starts from April 20th and I’ve got a flight in May but it was one of those 100 promo flights so can’t really complain about no longer being on a nice empty A380…

  • Elguiri says:

    Not sure it’s only in March, BA just notified us our flight BA903 to Frankfurt in May has been cancelled!