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British Airways and American among carriers making major schedule cuts

British Airways is further reduce its short-haul program until the end of October due to London Heathrow’s decision last week to extend its capacity cap of 100,000 departing passengers per day until October 29, the carrier confirmed to BTN. The cap was originally scheduled to end on September 11.

“While the vast majority of our customers will travel as planned and we are protecting key holiday destinations for [the] halfway through, we will have to make further cancellations until the end of October,” a British Airways spokesperson wrote in an email.

The changes will affect around 12 short-haul return flights per day from Heathrow until October 29, for a total of 629 return trips, according to multiple reports. The total reduction in capacity from May to October with the new cancellations is around 13%.

Additionally, the carrier is adjusting its winter schedule – from November to March – with around 10,000 more flights cut to and from Heathrow, a reduction of 8%, Sky News reported on Monday.

“We are giving customers traveling with us this winter advance notice of certain adjustments to our schedule, which will include consolidating some of our short-haul flights to destinations with multiple services,” the carrier said in a statement. “We will offer customers affected by any of these changes an alternative flight with British Airways or another airline, or the option of a refund.”

The news from British Airways comes nearly a week after reports indicated that American Airlines had reduced its November schedule by around 31,000 domestic and international flightsaccording to data from Cirium.

American did not confirm specific numbers, but said in a statement that “these adjustments are consistent with our approach to our network and schedule planning throughout the year. We now load schedule adjustments approximately 100 days in advance, which is how we adjusted our schedule in 2019 before the pandemic.

Other carriers have cut schedules in recent months after a chaotic start to the summer season, when staff shortages coupled with weather and operational issues led to the cancellation of thousands of flights. United Airlines cut about 12% of its schedule from Newark Liberty International Airport starting July 1. Delta Air Lines cut about 100 daily departures between July 1 and August 7 in the United States and Latin America.

Additionally, after JetBlue announced in April that it would cut its summer schedule by about 10% from its original plan, last weekend the carrier cut 37 routes, primarily affecting Newark and Fort Lauderdale. , The points guy reported. JetBlue’s route reduction follows its successful bid for Spirit Airlines.

Carriers have mainly made capacity reductions to improve operations. The metrics appear to be working as eight of the 10 North American carriers included in Cirium’s July on-time performance report posted better averages than in June.