British Airways cancels 1,000 more flights over summer triggering further chaos for thousands of passengers

The airline has blamed a shortage of staff for hectic scenes at airports across the country

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British Airways is set to cause further chaos with plans to cancel 1,000 flights this summer, and over 100,000 passengers will be affected.

Issues caused by cancellations at London Heathrow and London Gatwick are showing little sign of easing, as the 1,000 flights in question were due to depart from the two airports.

650 flights will be cancelled across July, British Airways has already confirmed.

This was on top of a range of cancellations from March to October, where 16,000 planned British Airways flights did not go ahead.

British Airways has already confirmed that 650 flights will be cancelled across July.
British Airways has already confirmed that 650 flights will be cancelled across July.

A shortage in staff continues to impact operations, and The Guardian reports more cancellations are expected throughout August.

Popular routes such as trips to Malaga, Palma and Faro, where multiple flights a day take place, are expected to be most affected.

Many holidaymakers hoping to make the most of the lifting of travel restrictions will be left disappointed.
Many holidaymakers hoping to make the most of the lifting of travel restrictions will be left disappointed.

A British Airways spokesman told The Sun: "As the entire aviation industry continues to face into the most challenging period in its history, regrettably it has become necessary to make some further reductions.

"We're in touch with customers to apologise and offer to rebook them or issue a full refund."

British Airways confirmed the cancellations after they were given until Friday to make the most of the Government's "slot amnesty," which allowed airlines to change schedules without the threat of a penalty or losing landing spots at busy airports.

Further chaos is expected across UK airports over summer as more flights are cancelled.
Further chaos is expected across UK airports over summer as more flights are cancelled.

Airlines have been urged to review their flights by Government ministers after chaos ensued at airports during the May half term period.

A BA spokesman said they "welcome" the new measures after the issues were blamed on a shortage of airline and airport staff.

They said: "We welcome these new measures, which help us to provide the certainty our customers deserve by making it easier to consolidate some of our quieter daily flights to multi-frequency destinations well in advance, and to protect more of our holiday flights."

Other airlines are expected to follow British Airways, easyJet have also cancelled flights in recent months.

TUI and Lufthansa have also been forced to cancel thousands of flights in recent weeks.

The travel industry is braced for further issues over the summer months as schools break up and millions look to head abroad.