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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Long-haul flights from Heathrow are being caught up in British Airways’ decision to limit sales amid chaos at the airport.The airline has already stopped selling tickets for short-haul flights from Heathrow for the next two weeks, after the airport – which is struggling with a staffing crisis and has seen repeated disruption in recent weeks – imposed a cap of 100,000 passengers per day across the airport.The ticket sale pause has already been extended until 15 August, while Heathrow’s cap is due to stay in place until at least 11 September.However, flights to New York and other far-flung destinations are also being hit as the airline pulls some tickets from sale.It is understood that the airline is seeking to “dynamically manage” the situation across its schedule, meaning that on some days it can stop sales entirely to ensure the Heathrow-imposed cap is not exceeded.A spokesperson told i: “We took pre-emptive action to reduce our schedule this summer to give customers certainty about their travel plans and to build more resilience into our operation given the ongoing challenges facing the entire aviation industry.“When Heathrow introduced its passenger cap, we took a small number of additional flights from our schedule and to continue to comply with the cap, we’ve been taking responsible action by limiting sales or all the available fares on some of our Heathrow services to ensure more seats are available to rebook customers.“We’ll continue to manage bookings to be within the Heathrow imposed cap so we can get our customers away as planned this summer.
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. An industry expert told i the BA suspension at Heathrow would continue throughout August – and that anyone looking for a cheap flight for the rest of the summer “can forget it”.Aviation analyst Alex Macheras told The Telegraph: “With the current restrictions, caps and pressures that are being put on airlines, there is no way they could guarantee that not a single long-haul flight will be affected.“BA’s global route network is incredibly vast and while short-haul flights with multiple frequencies will always take the hit first, they also operate long-haul flights with multiple frequencies. So there is room there as well to trim down the schedule.”Guy Hobbs, Editor of Which? Travel, said: “With further ticket sale suspensions possible, people should consider booking as early as possible to avoid last-minute disappointment and inflated fares. They should also consider alternative airports and airlines where possible.“Airports and airlines need to be held to account for the unacceptable disruption travellers are currently experiencing, and the government must act to ensure the Civil Aviation Authority has the power to hit operators with substantial fines in instances where they flout the rules.”
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