British Airways ‘suspends short-haul flight sales from Heathrow’

British Airways ‘suspends short-haul flight sales from Heathrow’

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BA planes and major queues.

The move could lead to price increases from other carriers (Picture: W8 Media/ PA)

British Airways is suspending sales of short-haul flights from Heathrow for at least a week, it has been claimed.

The unprecedented move comes amid transport chaos in the UK, which has seen a host of problems, delays and cancellations at airports for months on end.

But the latest attempt to deal with resurgent demand following the Covid crisis is only likely to push up prices on other carriers, with countless thousands of BA tickets now removed from the market.

Tens of thousands of flights have already been cancelled this summer amid staffing shortages and the latest blow to holidaymakers is likely to further dent confidence in the travel industry.

The Times reported that BA suspended ticket sales for domestic and European services until the end of Monday to comply with Heathrow’s cap on passenger numbers.

Last month, the airport announced that no more than 100,000 passengers will be allowed to depart each day until mid September.

BA previously said it would cancel 10,300 flights until October, in response to the cap – impacting one million passengers.

Many passengers flying to and from the UK’s busiest airport have faced severe disruption in recent months, with long security queues and baggage system breakdowns.

Heathrow has seen huge delays for passengers this summer (Picture: PA)

Those scenes have also been replicated in other airports around the UK, notably Manchester.

Meanwhile, Emirates last month rejected Heathrow’s order to cancel flights to comply with the cap.

The airline accused the airport of showing ‘blatant disregard for consumers’ by attempting to force it to ‘deny seats to tens of thousands of travellers’.

Virgin Atlantic also criticised the airport’s and blamed it for failures contributing to the chaos.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said at the time it would be ‘disappointing’ if ‘any airline would want to put profit ahead of a safe and reliable passenger journey’.

British Airways and other airlines have been unimpressed by Heathrow’s flight cap (Picture: PA)

But airlines have also been told that they must take responsibility for some of the problems.

On July 21, they were accused of ‘harmful practices’ in the way they treated passengers.

The Competition and Markets Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority issued a joint letter to carriers, expressing concern that ‘consumers could experience significant harm unless airlines meet their obligations’.

The letter stated: ‘We are concerned that some airlines may not be doing everything they could to avoid engaging in one or more harmful practices.’

Those practices included selling more tickets for flights ‘than they can reasonably expect to supply’, not always ‘fully satisfying obligations’ to offer flights on alternative airlines to passengers affected by cancellations, and failing to give consumers ‘sufficiently clear and upfront information about their rights’.

Metro.co.uk has contacted BA for comment.

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