British Airways cancellations: Airline cuts hundreds of flights due to staff shortages
British Airways has reportedly canceled hundreds of flights to destinations in the United States and the Middle East.
The airline has reportedly canceled half of its flights to Miami from London Heathrow. London routes to Berlin, Dublin and Paris were also affected.
On Wednesday and Thursday, BA cut 200 flights as the staff shortage crisis affecting the flight industry continues to bite. And that’s bad news for anyone traveling soon, as industry experts have said the issues could take months to sort out.
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In response to a slew of complaints, British Airways CEO Sean Doyle has emailed customers apologizing for cancellations and long delays, reports the Mirror.
The Mail reported that the email read: ‘We will do everything we can to get you where you need to be. Other BA routes affected include Hong Kong and Tokyo, with no flights to popular destinations until September and October respectively.
Staff absences caused by Covid contributed to serious problems at air transport hubs throughout the month. Around 300 flights were canceled over the Easter weekend by British Airways alone, causing serious logistical problems and ruined holidays for many.
Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, has previously said of the issues affecting the flight industry: “This is a staggering level of flight cancellations caused by a cocktail of lack of existing staff and Covid-induced staff shortages.
“Airlines are certainly seeing strong demand for flights, but are simply unable to meet that demand due to a lack of resources. It’s a nightmare situation for airlines and airports right now.”
Passengers traveling to major UK airports have been asked to arrive up to four hours before their flight takes off due to the crisis. Eddie Wilson, CEO of Ryanair, told Wales Online he believed the chaos at airports would continue.
He said: “We’ve seen it in many sectors of the economy where people have struggled to get people back from furlough and sometimes people haven’t prepared for the end of the pandemic.
“We planned this from the start and it’s hard to restart the airlines, but we were planning it as early as March 2020 when the airlines stopped flying. We kept our planes flying, we kept our planes up to date and maintained, and our employees up to date as well.
“I think a lot of people were working from home and detached from reality, and thought maybe we’d never come back, so I think they’re getting caught.
“But in all honesty Brexit hasn’t helped either because a lot of people from Central and Eastern Europe who were working in the UK have gone home and not come back and there will be a period of adjustment of the workforce in the UK.”
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