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British Airways stops selling tickets for ALL short-haul flights from Heathrow until 8th August

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EDIT: This article is now out of date, as BA has extended the ban to 15th August. Please click here to read our latest article.

British Airways has doubled-down on its plans to restrict travel from London Heathrow over the next few days.

Regular HfP readers will know that ticket sales for all short haul flights were suspended for last weekend, 30th and 31st July.

This has now been extended to 8th August.

BA has stopped selling tickets for short-haul flights from Heathrow for today and tomorrow

This appears to have been done to both meet Heathrow’s capacity caps and to give BA flexibility to move passengers whose flights are cancelled at short notice.

To clarify what this means:

  • you cannot buy any short haul flight, to any destination, on British Airways from London Heathrow for travel up to 8th August
  • you CAN buy inbound flights, if you choose to travel out on another airline
  • existing ticketed flights are not impacted

Take a look at Amsterdam flights for Wednesday. Gatwick and London City remain, but nothing from Heathrow:

For a route such as Oslo that is only served by British Airways from Heathrow:

If you thinking of booking a British Airways flight for travel from 8th August, you may want to lock it in now. If you don’t, you may find that you can’t book at all …..

British Airways has issued a statement to say:

“As a result of Heathrow’s request to limit new bookings, we’ve decided to take responsible action and limit the available fares on some Heathrow services to help maximise rebooking options for existing customers, given the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing challenges facing the entire aviation industry.”


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Comments (52)

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  • J says:

    Dropped my wife and kids at T5 on Sunday morning expecting the worst (arrived 3 hours before a midday flight). Planned to leave the car an hour or two in short stay to see them off. In the end, bag drop and security were done so quickly, I was out before it rolled over to the 30 minutes parking price jump. YMMV…

  • Gordon says:

    Shows how much of a rip off the school holiday travel prices are, the price to AMS,
    Shows in article IB LGW – AMS CE £535 out only, I booked in Oct for a tier point run CE out ECO return for £203.32 total, That’s also flying BA.

    • J says:

      Did you book your flight a day in advance too?

      • Gordon says:

        Obs not as I mentioned I booked for’s not October yet, But for reference the same flights I booked were £200 cheaper than a 1st week sept booking?

    • Richie says:

      Air fares have nothing whatsoever to do with actual costs. It’s all fluid pricing.

      • Gordon says:

        Well I’d rather pay £200 as opposed to £400 for a flight that will get me from A to B, So cost does have an influence in peoples decision to book a flight….

  • mord says:

    Update : BA stops selling tickets for ALL short-haul flights from Heathrow until 15th August

  • Roberto says:

    Looks to have been extended to the 15th Aug.

  • Richie says:

    I need to go to Turkey for some dental work and TPs. Looks like it ain’t gonna happen soon.

    • Gordon says:

      @Richie, I need to visit there for some Turkey teeth, Heard a few nightmare stories of the NHS putting things right after people have had work done out there, I presume you have done some research and if so have you got any recommendations….

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