British Airways cancels MORE flights – and begs Brits to leave luggage behind due to short staff

BRITISH Airways was forced to cancel more flights over the weekend due to a lack of staff because of Covid.

The airline even told passengers to leave their luggage at the airport and instead would have it couriered to them after a shortage in baggage handlers led to as many as 1,000 bags being dumped.

The airline cancelled dozens of flights on Sunday, with one person telling Paddle Your Own Kanoo that at least eight were delayed on Saturday due to a shortage of senior flight attendants.

Other flights were cancelled due to a shortage of baggage handlers and other operational roles, while passengers said their flights departed without any suitcases onboard.

One woman wrote: "@British_Airways entire BA636 flight to #Athens departed from London without any luggage loaded. And no alert to passengers."

Another person said: "Heathrow carnage, 4 hour delay for flight and now after waiting for 2 hours at LAX baggage reclaim I find @British_Airways has lost all my luggage (as well as about 50 other people here.)"

Twitter user Victoria wrote: " @British_Airways I flew from Heathrow to Dublin yesterday evening and was told on arrival that none of our baggage was put on the plane."

Some passengers complained that they waited up to five hours for their bags after landing as well with as many as 1,000 dumped in the terminal.

One person wrote on Twitter: "We waited for 5 hours for our luggage at Heathrow T5. The sheer volume of luggage mean we’d rather wait late that day than get it delivered, which may or may not ever happen."

Most read in News Travel


The 10 weirdest laws around the world – have you broken any?


Travellers reveal the worst people on a cruise – are you one of them?


I own a hotel and this is how guests can get a free upgrade on their room


Inside the floating hotel in Dubai – where luxury suites turn into BOATS

Another person added: "I arrived yesterday to Terminal 5 but my luggage couldn’t be unloaded from the plane due to staff issues.

"I’ve spent hours and money since yesterday to find out what is happening to my luggage."

Someone else wrote: "Complete chaos at #Heathrow Massive delays of getting the luggage. No system in place. People are strongly advised to leave without their luggage. Christmas vibe!"

Sun Online Travel has contacted British Airways for additional comment.

British Airways has also cancelled direct flights to Bangkok until October 2022, new emails have confirmed.

Passengers with flights to Bangkok were told they were cancelled due to a "reduced and dynamic schedule".


The emails, as seen by The Points Guy, told travellers their flights had been cancelled to the capital city, after Thailand reopened to tourists back in October.

It comes just days after British Airways was forced to cancel thousands of flights until next March.

The cutting of flights is down to reduced demand for air travel thanks to the pandemic.

The decision has affected both domestic routes like London to Belfast and transcontinental flights like London to Cape Town.

A British Airways spokesperson said that the changes were nothing to do with the new Omicron variant or increased travel restrictions, but they were cleaning up their schedule as they have done throughout the pandemic because of reduced demand for flights.

They aren't the only airline which has been forced to cancel flights in recent weeks.

Ryanair cancelled more than 700 flights this winter to Portugal and all flights to Morocco until February, while TUI cancelled all flights to La Palma due to the volcano.

    Source: Read Full Article