The British airline is hit hard by the labor shortage. Flights will be suspended at least until Monday.
British Airways is struggling to keep up with the recovery in traffic and has already scaled back its schedule due to staff shortages. The airline has therefore decided to suspend ticket sales for its short flights at London Heathrow Airport until at least Monday. “We have decided to take a responsible step“while”the entire aviation industryfaces the challenges of reviving demand, British Airways said on Tuesday.
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That includes giving more options to customers who already have a ticket and are being forced to change their reservation, said the company, which has already canceled many flights recently. British Airways had already had a reduced flight program for several months and announced in early July that it would cancel 10,300 additional flights by the end of October, bringing its summer season reduction to 13%.
British Airways is paying for job cuts during the pandemic
Labor issues also disrupting London’s Heathrow Airport, its base. Britain’s biggest airport has capped the number of departing passengers to 100,000 a day for the past two months, in mid-July, 4,000 fewer than forecast. As a reminder, the airline escaped a strike by its ground staff at Heathrow in early July thanks to an improved salary offer deemed satisfactory by unions.
British airline group IAG, parent company of British Airways, returned to profitability in the second quarter for the first time since catastrophic losses from the Covid-19 pandemic, driven by a recovery in demand. But as the group’s Spanish companies, Iberia and Vueling, pulled the group up, IAG was held back by British Airways, which had cut around 10,000 jobs during the pandemic and is now struggling to recruit staff quickly enough.
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