EDIT: This article is now out of date, as BA has extended the ban to 15th August.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.
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.”
Hat-tip to London Air Travel.