BA297 & BA296 London – Chicago cancellations July & August 2017

British Airways has cancelled one of its daily flights between London Heathrow to Chicago during July & August. Here are options for affected passengers:

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is cancelling one of its daily flights between London Heathrow and Chicago O’Hare airport due to industrial action by cabin crew.

The affected flight numbers are BA297 and BA296.

These also operate under the following codeshares:

BA297: AA6197, AY5537, EI8997, IB4677

BA296: AA6196, AY5536, EI8966, IB4676

These flights are currently cancelled through to Tuesday 8 August 2017, having already been subject to extensive cancellations during July.

Given that the industrial action is due to run through until Wednesday 30 August, and may well be extended beyond this date, there could be further cancellations.

If your flight is cancelled you should have the option of rebooking another British Airways operated flight (BA294 & BA295) or on to one of American Airlines’ four daily flights from London Heathrow to Chicago up to three days before or after your original date of travel.  A full timetable is below.
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BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 2 – 8 August 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 2 – 8 August 2017

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, is currently taking industrial action through to 30 August 2017. The industrial action may well be extended beyond this date.

Here are the confirmed cancellations to date from to Wednesday 2 August to Tuesday 8 August.

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Tuesday 8 August 2017.

The following flights should be operating normally:

  • All flights from London City and London Stansted
  • All flights from London Gatwick will operate as normal. However, some flights to New York JFK are cancelled.
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow)
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are also not affected
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.  The Heathrow website shows flight information up to the next day, and the BA site shows flight information (by number and route) for the next ten days.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.
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BA Cabin Crew Strike: Wednesday 2 August – Tuesday 15 August 2017

Some British Airways London Heathrow cabin crew are due to take further industrial action from Wednesday 2 August to Tuesday 15 August 2017.

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for yet further industrial action over fourteen consecutive days from Wednesday 2 August to Tuesday 15 August 2017.

This is a continuation of a dispute that has led to fourteen consecutive days of strike action from Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 1 August 2017.  This has effectively extended this period of industrial action to four weeks.  

Taking into account industrial action throughout July, this means that there will be at least six weeks of strike action on BA this summer.

What can be confirmed now is: Continue reading “BA Cabin Crew Strike: Wednesday 2 August – Tuesday 15 August 2017”

BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 26 July – 2 August 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 26 July

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for industrial action over fourteen consecutive days from Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 1 August 2017.

Here are the confirmed cancellations to date from Wednesday 26 July to Wednesday 2 August.

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Wednesday 2 August 2017.

The following flights should be operating normally:

  • All flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow)
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are also not affected
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.  The Heathrow website shows flight information up to the next day, and the BA site shows flight information (by number and route) for the next ten days.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.

Here are the confirmed cancellations from Wednesday 26 July to Wednesday 2 August
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BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 19 – 25 July 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 19 July 2017.

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for industrial action over fourteen consecutive days from Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 1 August 2017.

Here are the confirmed cancellations to date from Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 25 July.  Please see here for cancellations from Wednesday 26 July to Tuesday 2 August.  

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Tuesday 25 July 2017.

The following flights should be operating normally:

  • All flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow)
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are also not affected
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.  The Heathrow website shows flight information up to the next day, and the BA site shows flight information (by number and route) for the next ten days.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.

Here are the confirmed cancellations from Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 25 July:
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BA123 & BA122 London – Doha cancellations July & August 2017

British Airways has continued to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha during July. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has continued to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha due to industrial action by cabin crew.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Monday 17 July to Wednesday 30 August, having already been cancelled during all of July to this date.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Thursday 20 July to Thursday 31 August.

Normal service should resume on this route from Friday 1 September.

Given that this route has already suffered extensive cancellations this year, it does leave the question as to the long term viability of the route for BA.

BA has a rebooking agreement with Qatar Airways (which is a fellow Oneworld alliance member and a 20% shareholder of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group).

If your flight is cancelled you have the option of rebooking on to one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights from London Heathrow to Doha up to three days before or after your original date of travel.
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BA Cabin Crew Strike – Saturday 1 July 2017

Here is the latest operational update for BA on Saturday 1 July

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for industrial action over sixteen consecutive days starting today Saturday 1 July, through to Sunday 16 July 2017.

What can be confirmed is:

  • All flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted will operate as normal.
  • All flights from UK regional airports should operate as normal
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow will operate as normal, but there are long-haul cancellations, including flights to Doha
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Some short-haul flights to and from London Heathrow will be operated by Qatar Airways Airbus A320 aircraft

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.

Confirmed long-haul cancellations – Saturday 1 July

BA079 London Heathrow to Muscat

BA123 London Heathrow to Doha

Some long-haul flights may also operate with reduced levels of cabin crew which may also result in modifications to in flight service, particularly in First Class.

Short-haul flights to be operated by Qatar Airways – Saturday 1 July

As at 23:00 GMT Friday 30 June, the BA website is showing some short-haul flights will be operated by Qatar Airways aircraft and crews. These include morning departures (and inbound return flights) from London Heathrow to Brussels, Kiev, Krakow, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Sofia, Tallin and Zurich.

Flight BA388 London Heathrow – Brussels
Flight BA391 Brussels – London Heathrow
Flight BA882 London Heathrow – Kiev
Flight BA883 Kiev – London Heathrow
Flight BA872 London Heathrow – Krakow
Flight BA873 Krakow – London Heathrow
Flight BA948 London Heathrow – Munich
Flight BA949 Munich – London Heathrow
Flight BA356 London Heathrow – Nice
Flight BA357 Nice – London Heathrow
Flight BA762 London Heathrow – Oslo
Flight BA763 Oslo – London Heathrow
Flight BA890 London Heathrow – Sofia
Flight BA891 Sofia – London Heathrow
Flight BA876 London Heathrow – Tallinn
Flight BA877 Tallinn – London Heathrow
Flight BA710 London Heathrow – Zurich
Flight BA711 Zurich – London Heathrow

Given the fluid nature of the situation there may be additional flights operated by Qatar airways added to the schedule throughout the day.

These flights will have a different seating plan to BA and are likely to have a different in-flight service, such as no “M&S On Board” catering.

It should always be made clear to passengers which airline is operating your flights and the best way to check is to use the the Manage My Booking tool on the BA website.

Update: As of 13:00 BST Saturday 1 July, BA’s schedule is operating as anticipated and there appear to be no unplanned cancellations.

BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 1 – 18 July 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 1 July to 16 July.

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for industrial action over sixteen consecutive days from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July 2017.

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Please see here for details of cancellations from Wednesday 19 July 2017.

What can be confirmed is:

  • All flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted will operate as normal.
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow) will operate as normal
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow will operate as normal, but there are cancellations announced for the first seven days of industrial action
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways
  • Here is more detail on BA’s policy on re-accommodating passengers on Qatar Airways
  • BA has also sought regulatory approval to lease short-haul aircraft and crews from Qatar Airways, but it may take time for this to come into effect
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are not affected

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.

Here are the confirmed cancellations from 1 July to 18 July:
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BA123 & BA122 London – Doha cancelled 1 – 17 July 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flights between London Heathrow to Doha for a period of sixteen days between Saturday 1 July to Monday 17 2017. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha for a period of six days between Saturday 1 July to Friday 7 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122. BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Saturday 1 July to Thursday 6 July. BA122 is cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Sunday 2 July to Friday 7 July.

Update 4 July: The period of cancellations has been extended to Tuesday 11 July for BA123 and Wednesday 12 July for BA122.

Update 5 July: The period of cancellations has been extended to Sunday 16 July for BA123 and Monday 17 July for BA122.

Update 13 July: The period of cancellations has been extended yet again and are likely to continue for the remainder of July.  Given the long duration of cancellations this does raise the question of the viability of the route for BA, as it cannot sustain a route without a reputation for reliability.

It is highly likely that this is connected to planned strike action by “Mixed Fleet” London Heathrow cabin crew on these dates. As the industrial action is planned to from 1 July to 16 July, there is the possibility of further cancellations.   Here is a list of additional London Heathrow cancellations due to strike action.

BA has a rebooking agreement with Qatar Airways (which is a fellow Oneworld alliance member and a 20% shareholder of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group).

If your flight is cancelled you have the option of rebooking on to one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights from London Heathrow to Doha up to three days before or after your original date of travel.
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BA suspends London – Bergen & Stavanger from 28 October 2017

British Airways has announced that it is to suspend flights from London Heathrow to Bergen and Stavanger from 28 October 2017. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways has announced that it is to suspend flights from London Heathrow to Bergen Flesland airport and Stavanger Sola airport from Saturday 28 October 2017. 

These routes were inherited by BA when its parent company International Airlines Group acquired bmi in 2012.  The reason for the suspension is poor commercial performance.

The last flights will operate on Saturday 28 October 2017.

Passengers who are currently booked to fly from London Heathrow from Sunday 29 October 2017 have the option of:

  • A full refund
  • Rebook on to an alternative flight to/from Bergen and Stavengar from Friday 1 September 2017 to Saturday 28 October 2017 
  • Rebooking on to an alternative BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Oslo up to 14 days before/after your original travel date.  However, any consequential costs such as ground transportation must be met at your own expense

BA has not yet announced any rebooking arrangements with rival airlines.  It normally takes time for these to be agreed and further details may be announced over the next few days.

For passengers looking at alternative routes from late October, other direct options include Norwegian from London Gatwick to Bergen and Stavanger and SAS from London Heathrow to Stavanger.

Affected passengers should contact BA or your travel agent.