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British Airways cuts 15% of its Gatwick short-haul flights for July, and 7% at Heathrow

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The website published an interesting list yesterday of British Airways short haul service cuts for July 2022.

The numbers are huge – far bigger than we imagined.

Flights from Gatwick have been reduced by 14% from this week vs last week, whilst flights from Heathrow have been reduced by 7%.

British Airways European cancellations July 2022

Here is the full analysis from AeroRoutes:

British Airways departures from London Gatwick (last week vs this week and the rest of July):

Alicante 54 to 45
Amsterdam 83 to 60
Antalya 31 to 26
19 to 17
Bari 27 to 24
Berlin 31 to 28
Bordeaux 58 to 49
Cagliari 31 to 29
30 to 27
Dalaman 41 to 34
Dubrovnik 31 to 29
Faro 56 to 36
Ibiza 46 to 38
31 to 28
Madrid 31 to 27
Mahon 31 to 30
Malaga 63 to 43
Malta 31 to 23
Nice 66 to 62
Palma de Mallorca 41 to 28
Tenerife South 35 to 29
Thessaloniki 17 to 14
Venice 34 to 28
Verona 31 to 23

British Airways departures from London Heathrow (last week vs this week and the rest of July):

Aberdeen 136 to 122
Amsterdam 196 to 160
Athens 161 to 145
Barcelona 177 to 162
Basel/Mulhouse 69 to 64
Belfast City 98 to 89
Berlin 158 to 143
Bologna 91 to 84
Brussels 89 to 76
Budapest 96 to 91
Copenhagen 125 to 124
81 to 67
Edinburgh 284 to 271
Faro 80 to 77
Frankfurt 123 to 104
Geneva 182 to 161
Glasgow 251 to 245
Gothenburg 69 to 66
Hamburg 101 to 90
Hannover 48 to 45
Istanbul 84 to 81
Jersey 151 to 129
Larnaca 115 to 111
Lisbon 112 to 109
Lyon 75 to 72
Malaga 137 to 128
Manchester 163 to 150
Marseille 96 to 89
Milan Linate 103 to 98
Milan Malpensa 130 to 110
Munich 115 to 98
Naples 88 to 87
Newcastle 126 to 114
Nice 197 to 173
Palma de Mallorca 95 to 90
Paris CDG 190 to 167
Pisa 81 to 79
Prague 114 to 105
Rome 142 to 126
Stockholm Arlanda
110 to 96
Tirana 58 to 56
Toulouse 80 to 78
Valencia 59 to 57
Venice 115 to 109
Vienna 96 to 91
Warsaw 67 to 58
Zurich 104 to 91

The main driver behind these cuts is the lack of available ground staff to handle the aircraft, although the Gatwick changes may also be impacted by crew shortages at the new Euroflyer operation. The actual number of passengers handled will not change hugely, since passengers on cancelled flights will be rebooked.

It isn’t clear if British Airways has notified everyone whose flights have been cancelled. Announcements tend to be drip-fed into the system to manage the demands on call centres.

If you have a British Airways European flight in July you should check to see if seats are still being sold – if not, look out for a cancellation email. Note that BA will not rebook you until your flight has been officially cancelled, even if it has been pulled from sale.

(EDIT: as per the comments, double check at, just in case your flight is not showing because it is 100% full due to other cancellations and rebookings.)

The original analysis is on AeroRoutes here.


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Comments (117)

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  • Philondon says:

    Are Vueling flights likely to be cut back too? I’m flying LGW to BCN at the end of July (hopefully).

    • ChrisC says:

      All airlines were told to reduce flights ex LGW so yes it’s likely they will cancel some but which ones get canned will be down to Vueling

    • Carlos says:

      My flight BIO-LGW on Vueling on the 1st of July at 18:10, has been cancelled and it was rebooked for the 02nd of July at 13:55. I have received their email today.

  • Esme says:

    Advice please. We have Avios CE seats on the 1310 flight GLA- LHR on Sunday 24 July. It seems the flight is no longer for sale but it is still showing in the schedule – so not sure if it’s cancelled or not? Currently MMB is still showing the flight but is allowing a free change to an earlier flight at 0805, but not the 1210 which we would prefer. If the flight is cancelled are we restricted to flights with Avios availability or can we request any available flight? Thanks in advance

    • ChrisC says:

      You can be rebooked onto any flight with space on not just flights with avios seats on them.

      BUT that only applies when a flight is cancelled. Until then any change you make is voluntary so avios seats would need to be available.

      • Esme says:

        Thank you – so we should probably wait for cancellation email in that case?

        • ChrisC says:


        • Chrisasaurus says:

          Depends – guaranteed move to flight with early departure or wait in hope for the better time later when the whole of your flight is doing the same…

    • Rob says:

      Any flight.

    • SamG says:

      It may just be full, domestics are rammed at the moment

  • Gordon says:

    Excuse the OT. I am sitting in the BA lounge at Changi airport at the moment. And it makes a mockery of Both BA lounges at LHR. The ambience is far superior the food options are better & you can order Joseph Perrier Brut N.V. To your table. It took 2 minutes from placing the order to receiving the drinks. I am impressed.Also the occupancy is around 5% to 10% that includes the BA15 to Sydney as well as our BA16 to LHR.

    • SamG says:

      to be fair it’s only handling 1 x 787 vs the A380 and the 77W (to Syd and Lon) it was designed for. Pre COVID it was often very overcrowded. Qatar, Qantas and Qantas F have reopened and some passengers may be there (not sure on opening hours)

  • Jonathan says:

    I’ve had about six flights canceled between DUB and LON over the last few weeks, and stretching out over the next couple. I’m beginning to lack confidence when booking with BA. I was hoping to renew GOLD this year, but I cant keep booking flights that are proving to have a slim chance of taking off.

  • Omar says:

    My Flight got m LGW is operated by Iberia Express, what are chances those statistics include those?

    • ChrisC says:

      Where is it to?

      If it’s MAD then that’s their flight so won’t be reflected in BAs figures.

      If it’s one there they are operating on behalf of BA like to AMS or BER then they are part of the BA figures.

    • Denis says:

      LGW-BOD for Jul 1 just got cancelled. Operated by IE.

      • Omar says:

        My apologies wrote this tired, going to VCE, it was booked from BA so operating on their behalf.

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