Alitalia – London Heathrow & London City cancellations due to strike action

A number of trade unions representing employees of Alitalia are due to take industrial action on Thursday 23 February 2017.

As a consequence, approximately 60% of Alitalia’s domestic and international flights are cancelled on Thursday 23 February and there are further cancellations Friday 24 February.

These include the following flights between London Heathrow and London City Airports and Milan and Rome:

Thursday 23 February 2017 

Flight AZ247 London Heathrow – Milan Linate

Flight AZ238 Milan Linate – London Heathrow

Flight AZ215 London City – Milan Linate

Flight AZ216 Milan Linate – London City

Flight AZ221 London City – Milan Linate

Flight AZ222 Milan Linate – London City

Flight AZ204 Rome Fiumicino – London Heathrow

Flight AZ207 London Heathrow – Rome Fiumicino

Flight AZ208 Rome Fiumicino – London Heathrow

Flight AZ209 London Heathrow – Rome Fiumicino

Flight AZ210 Rome Fiumicino – London Heathrow

Friday 24 February

Flight AZ229 London Heathrow – Milan Linate

Alitalia has published guidance for affected passengers which includes details of its rebooking policies.  A full list of cancellations is also available here.

Alitalia is 49% owned by Etihad Airways and currently faces an uncertain future as Etihad has indicated that it is seeking to contain losses it has incurred acquiring minority stakes in European airlines such as Alitalia and Air Berlin.

Posted in Alitalia | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

British Airways flight schedules during planned strike action by London Heathrow cabin crew on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February 2017

British Airways has announced its schedules following planned industrial action by “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow over four consecutive days on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017.

BA has confirmed that it plans to operate a full schedule from all London airports on the first three days of industrial action on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, and Friday 24 February 2017.

BA has yet to confirm whether there will be any cancellations on Saturday 25 February 2017 and is expected to do so by Wednesday of this week.
Continue reading

Posted in British Airways | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

British Airways launches new routes from London City & London Stansted to Milan Linate airport from late April 2017

The merry go round of route changes at London City and BA’s gradual increase of weekend services at London Stansted continues with the launch of new year-round services to Milan, Italy from these two London airports in April.

The new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start from London City Airport on Monday 24 April 2017 and from Stansted Airport on Saturday 29 April 2017.

There will be two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted.

Flights will be operated using Embraer aircraft in a two class Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration. Note that at some point in the summer, BA will introduce its Buy On Board “M&S On Board” catering service on these flights.

BA also flies to Milan Linate (as well as Malpensa airport) from London Heathrow up to six times a day and it is possible to “mix and match” flights if convenient.

The addition of this route at London Stansted means BA now serves nine routes at this airport: Berlin, Faro, Florence, Geneva, Ibiza, Malaga, Nice, and Palma.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

Here’s the timetable:
Continue reading

Posted in British Airways | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

British Airways London Heathrow flight cancellations due to cabin crew strike action on Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017

British Airways has updated its schedules to account for its contingency plans following planned industrial action by “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow on Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017.

Unite has also called for a further four days of industrial action Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017. BA will publish its flight schedules for these dates at the weekend.

There are no signs of any negotiations taking place between BA and Unite. Put simply, both sides seem determined to sit this out.

BA has confirmed that:

  • All flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted will operate as normal.
  • The vast majority of flights from London Heathrow are scheduled to operate as normal.

BA has cancelled a select number of flights from London Heathrow. In the event that your flight is cancelled you should be offered an alternative flight on the same route, a rebooking to an alternative destination nearby, or a refund.

BA has not published a list of cancelled flights. However, we have scanned BA’s schedules and we have identified the following cancellations so far.

Please note this is not intended to be a definitive list and this may be subject to change. You should always check you booking directly at ba.com before finalising your travel plans.

Cancelled Flights – Friday 17 February 2017
Continue reading

Posted in British Airways | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

British Airways cancels BA 123 & BA 122 London Heathrow – Doha flights from Friday 17 February to Monday 20 February 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight from London Heathrow to Doha (and the return flight from Doha on the following day) for a period of four days from Friday 17 February to Monday 20 February 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

The reason cited for the cancellation is “operational reasons”. It is highly likely that this is connected to planned strike action by “Mixed Fleet” London Heathrow cabin crew on these dates.

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 (at the time of writing the flight is not cancelled on all days on ba.com though it has notified the travel trade of the cancellations) you have the option of rebooking on to one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights from London Heathrow to Doha.
Continue reading

Posted in British Airways | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

British Airways cancels all London Heathrow – Abuja flights from Wednesday 8 March 2017 to Tuesday 18 April 2017

British Airways has cancelled all direct flights between London Heathrow and Abuja route from Wednesday 8 March to Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The reason for this is that the airport’s runway will be closed for emergency repairs.

According to press reports, the Nigerian Government had instructed airlines to operate flights to an alternative airport in Kaduna (some 200km north of Abuja) with onward road transport to Abuja. However, these contingency plans has clearly not been implemented by BA.

The affected BA flight numbers are BA083 and BA082.

Affected passengers have the option of a full refund, rebooking on an alternative British Airways operated flight between London Heathrow and Abuja outside of the runway closure (up to Friday 19 May 2017), or rebooking on an alternative British Airways operated flight between Accra or Nigeria and London Heathrow within 7 days of the date of your original booking.

However, if you choose the later option any additional costs such as ground transportation and hotels will be at your own expense and will not be reimbursed by the airline.

BA is the only airline to fly non-stop between London and Abuja. In terms of the response from other European airlines, Air France and Lufthansa fly from their respective hubs in Paris Charles de Gualle and Frankfurt to Abuja. Both airlines appear to have cancelled all flights during the period of the runway closure.

Affected BA passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

Posted in British Airways | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

British Airways to suspend London City – Geneva route from mid-June to mid-September 2017 [Corrected]

BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

Another week, another London City route suspension!

After announcing the cancellation of Alicante & Madrid and Angers & Hamburg, BA is to also suspend its London City – Geneva route for the summer season from mid June to mid September 2017.

The last flights operate on Friday 16 June 2017 and resume on Monday 11 September 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA2280, BA2281, BA2284, BA2285, BA 2286 and BA2287. 

Affected passengers will have the option of a refund or being accommodated on a BA flight to Geneva from London Heathrow, which operates up to eight times daily. Passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

Swiss will continue to fly London City – Geneva year round up to three times daily.

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the route suspension was for the entire summer season (late March to late October).  This was incorrect as we had erroneously inferred that a summer suspension was for the whole of the summer timetable.

Posted in British Airways | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment