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Here’s the full list of Heathrow, Gatwick and London City cancellations for July

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As you may have seen in the press, British Airways decided that yesterday afternoon was a good time to bury bad news. It announced that it would cut 10,300 more short-haul flights between August and the end of October.

We don’t have details of the August schedule yet. We do, however, thanks to the website have the updated list of British Airways short haul service cuts for July 2022.

The numbers are huge compared to where we were a few weeks ago. Cancellations have been increased after the Government relaxed the rules on the percentage of flights that had to be flown in order to protect the take off and landing slot used.

Short-haul flights from Gatwick have been reduced by 15% compared to June, whilst flights from Heathrow have been reduced by 14%. Cuts have also been made at London City Airport.

British Airways European cancellations July 2022

In terms of the ‘second wave’ of cuts announced this week:

  • the biggest cuts, by far, have been made to domestic services, including Jersey
  • some destinations which had previously escaped cuts have now been impacted, eg Ibiza, Gibraltar, Corfu
  • European cities with the biggest cuts in the ‘second wave’ include Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Malaga and Paris

Here is the full analysis from AeroRoutes:

British Airways departures in July from London City (current plan vs mid-June plan):

Amsterdam 118 to 84
Belfast City 65 to 57
Dublin 100 to 89
Dusseldorf 80 to 72
Edinburgh 170 to 162
Glasgow 127 to 122

British Airways departures in July from London Gatwick (current plan vs mid-June plan):

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 27
Malaga 63 to 43
Malta 31 to 23
Milan 26 to 25
Nice 66 to 52
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 in July from London Heathrow (current plan vs mid-June plan):

Aberdeen 136 to 114
Amsterdam 196 to 158
Athens 161 to 141
Barcelona 177 to 157
Basel/Mulhouse 69 to 61
Belfast City 98 to 77
Berlin 158 to 134
Bologna 91 to 82
Brussels 89 to 72
Budapest 96 to 88
Corfu 74 to 73
Copenhagen 125 to 107
Dublin 132 to 112
81 to 64
Edinburgh 284 to 247
Faro 80 to 76
Frankfurt 123 to 98
Geneva 182 to 156
Gibraltar 62 to 61
Glasgow 251 to 228
Gothenburg 69 to 66
Hamburg 101 to 86
Hannover 48 to 42
Ibiza 86 to 83
Istanbul 84 to 81
Jersey 151 to 119
Larnaca 115 to 110
Lisbon 112 to 92
Lyon 75 to 70
Malaga 137 to 117
Manchester 163 to 136
Marseille 96 to 84
Milan Linate 103 to 97
Milan Malpensa 130 to 100
Munich 115 to 95
Naples 88 to 85
Newcastle 126 to 102
Nice 197 to 163
Palma de Mallorca 95 to 87
Paris CDG 190 to 158
Pisa 81 to 78
Prague 114 to 98
Rome 142 to 126
Stockholm Arlanda
110 to 93
Tirana 58 to 55
Toulouse 80 to 76
Valencia 59 to 54
Venice 115 to 105
Vienna 96 to 80
Warsaw 67 to 58
Zurich 104 to 89

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.

If your flight is no longer for sale, double check at, just in case your flight is not showing for sale because it is 100% full.

We will share the August cancellations as soon as they are available.

The original analysis is on AeroRoutes here.

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Comments (59)

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  • Mark says:

    Received a text at 20:45 last night that my 06:55 LCY-GLA this morning has been cancelled.
    Planning to be up and down to Glasgow for a day, they couldn’t book me on a flight until around 4pm so pointless. 9 hrs notice – shocking. Would any of the EU rules on compensation kick in ?

    • insider says:

      yes, you should be eligible for EU261

    • SH says:

      This is referred to in EC261 as a ‘trip in vain’ – you are entitled to refund and compensation.

  • supergraeme says:

    I appreciate that we don’t have data for August yet, but do we think that BA will have removed the August flights they plan to cancel from sale yet? What James K has said suggests so.

  • pbcold says:

    My word this is a helpful article, thank you. LHR to BCN on July 31st is pretty crucial for us in terms of making the Virgin Cruise. Looks ok at the moment…..

    • michael lockhart says:

      I’ve just received an email advising that Iberia will now be handling the BA LHR – BCN flight in September

    • IanT says:

      You could book an alternative as a plan b.

      We’ve done that a few times in the past when it’s essential to catch a ship’s departure.

      • WaynedP says:

        Also have Plan A being to arrive a day early with hotel overnight if you can tag an extra day on at the front.

        Nice way to start a cruise, takes pressure off and gives wriggle room for travel hiccups.

        • Grimz says:

          I have flights booked ABZ-LHR-BCN (reward flights) on the same day as picking up the ship in September. What would be best plan as backup which can be cancelled? Now thinking this cruise is not worth the hassle. Does insurance cover 95k Virgin points?

          • supergraeme says:

            I wouldn’t have thought so as this would be you choosing not to go.

  • Keeza says:

    Work trips from ABZ to LON are becoming increasingly difficult. Very few flights have availability at useful times (essentially none to LHR) and many of the sleeper services are full.
    Options are to hope that easyJet doesn’t cancel the morning LGW flight last minute (where availability exists) or drive to DND very early in the morning and change onto the LM flight into LCY.

  • Mr. AC says:

    I recently had a return flight to London cancelled 4 hours before departure, managed to get rebooked for next day. Submitted a claim for hotel and food. Does anyone know how long it takes these days to get paid?

    • meta says:

      What was the reason for cancellation?

      • Mr. AC says:

        It was on Thursday last week when Heathrow asked BA to cancel a bunch of flights because they were overwhelmed.

    • AJA says:

      Simple claims seem to be taking at least 10 days to be considered and then 2 weeks from acceptance to seeing cash in the bank. Anything else you can wait months.

  • Andrew says:

    Heathrow really is in a mess generally at the moment – I flew out of T3 on Tuesday afternoon with Virgin and had a 45 minute wait to get through security in the Upper Class Wing – the queue was all the way out to the drive thru doors – really ate into my Clubhouse time. Virgin staff were doing all they could to speed things along, but with very few LHR security staff it was very slow moving.

    • Gordon says:

      When we flew to SIN 4 weeks ago I purposely arrived extra early after reading about the issues they were having to prevent just that Sanrio not getting much time to relax in the BA lounge at T5, But luckily we were the only ones apart from 2 other couples at Business check for the night flight so straight through in plenty of time, But it’s hit and miss so you just have to make the call to go early or not.

  • Karen says:

    Thanks for info in this article I’ve just checked and found out that our flight from BRU-LHR on Friday 22/7/22 has been cancelled but not yet received an email from BA although it’s showing as cancelled in MMB. This flight is for an overnight connection to LHR-MIA on Saturday 23/7/22. The only flight left scheduled from BRU to LHR with BA is at 07.05 rather than any of the other flights we had originally booked (evening/afternoon/late morning all cancelled along the way). This would mean we would be in LHR over 24 hours before our long haul sector. What are my options? I asked previously if they would allow us to drop the BRU-LHR leg or change to another airport via ‘change of gateway’ but as it’s a BAH booking they said no! Not sure that they would allow us to bring forward the LHR-MIA leg now as we’ve accepted the change on that one from BA to AA during the last round of cancellations but how does it work that they are allowed to offer over 24 hour layover at their convenience without additional APD etc ?

    • SamG says:

      You could ask for another European gateway – not familiar with AA Euro routes but do they offer Paris – Miami direct ?

      Otherwise they should allow you to reschedule the trip to get the stopover you want even if that means amending the LHR-MIA leg

      • Karen says:

        Thanks for the reply. They are adamant that I have to take the 07.05 flight BRU-LHR which gives me over 24 hours layover in LHR.

      • Karen says:

        Thanks SamG, BAH are adamant that I have to accept the 07.05 or cancel. I’ve told them no way do I want to cancel as I have a cruise booked and hotels etc. I only had the heads up on here that my flight was cancelled and have since received an email that says they will get in touch with me and the email offers no alternative unlike when I’ve received previous cancellations. I’m awaiting a call that I’m pretty sure will not materialise! Not sure what to do as the cancellation email says they will be in touch rather than we wait for ages on the phone again.

  • Colin Thames says:

    Flying in September to Corfu from EDI via LHR, on Avios redemptions. If any of our flights get cancelled any thoughts as to whether we can request seats on another flight with an Avios booking?

    • StanTheMan says:

      Whether you pay cash, cheque, avios or magic beans – your rights are the same.

      • Mike says:

        Previously the call centre suggested a refund of the avios then to look out for avios availability on another flight

        • Colin Thames says:

          Mike, that’s a bit disturbing. Have they changed that?

        • Lady London says:

          No. You have the same rights paying avios for your flight as someone who paid £100,000 for their ticket.

          As soon as you take a refund of avios or cash the airline loves it as the moment you do that they are off the hook to get you there, and off the hook for any extra transport costs, hotel, and meals.

          In the coming months be very very wary of allowing any airline to refund you – don’t take even part. If an airline cancels your flight , even if there is a suggeated replacement showing in MMB you don’t have to confim it. You can think about your options and do nothing with it till you have decided, even leaving it beyond the date of the cancelled flight.

          If I’m not taking a replacement flight showing in MMB I would make some effort to let the airline know so they can sell that seat, though, as a courtesy

      • Colin Thames says:

        Thanks Stan
        So that means BA can transfer us to seats on other flights regardless of whether they had Avios seats available? (I seem to remember some article Rob did mentioning that but no idea when or what the title was).
        Rob, how about some articles about using magic beans? 😉

        • StanTheMan says:

          The call centre and chat definitely push for you to just take a refund, like they are doing you a favour. But BA has an obligation to put you on another flight.

        • Lady London says:

          If they cancelled your flight they cannot legally insisy on an avios seat being availsble on another flight to rebook you into.

          Any seat available in same cabin you have a right to regsrdless of its booking class(a subset of cabin class) without extra chsrge regardleas of its selling price.

          The way to check this is just to testrun a new booking online. BA systems seem to be set up incorrectly in that to replace a cancelled flight, ig the sest was an avios booking the system will look for only avios seats.

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