Thousands of Brits face fresh holiday chaos as more flights axed from next week
Just as you thought Britain's travel chaos couldn't get any worse, airlines have announced a spate of fresh flight cancellations that are set to throw summer getaways into disarray.
It is understood airlines using the country's main airport Heathrow are now racing to rework their flight schedules ahead of a Friday (June 8) deadline.
British Airways is expected to face the brunt of cancellations, according to the Daily Telegraph.
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The airline said via a spokesman that it "welcomes the new measures” as it provides "certainty to our customers".
They added that the cancellations will “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”.
It follows a move last month to allow airlines to hand back landing and take-off slots if they are unable to use them despite having paid ahead of the season.
Slot alleviation, as it is called, would help BA to “protect more of our holiday flights” the spokesperson continued.
“Slot alleviation allows airlines to temporarily reduce their schedules but still retain their slots for the next year to maintain networks and provide consumers with certainty and consistency,” they said.
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“Allocating slots according to the (World Airport Slots Guide system) means airlines can offer the consistent services and efficient connections that consumers are looking for and protect jobs and create growth in the UK.”
The news follows another bad week for UK airports after Heathrow ordered flights to be cancelled because it could not handle them.
Long queues, cancelled flights and lost baggage were caused in part by “schedule intervention” and made worse by strikes in Spain, the most popular destination for Brits.
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