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BA passengers face long-haul cuts

28 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

Several long-haul BA routes out of Heathrow will face cuts this winter, including New York, Chicago and Seattle.

BA announced earlier this month that capacity would be down five per cent this winter, but has not released information on specific routes. However airlineroute.blogspot.com (which reports changes to the airline GDS systems) yesterday posted details of cuts to the following long-haul routes for the winter 2009/2010 schedule:

  • Heathrow to Chicago will be reduced from three to two flights daily
  • Heathrow to New York JFK will be reduced from seven to six flights daily
  • Heathrow to New York Newark will be reduced from three to two flights daily
  • Heathrow to Seattle will be reduced from ten to seven flights weekly
  • Heathrow to Johannesburg will be reduced from 19 to 14 flights weekly

In addition the Heathrow to Toronto service will see the two daily flights plied with Boeing 767 aircraft, where one was previously served with a Boeing 777.

Other BA route cuts reported by the webiste earlier this week include Heathrow-Hong Kong (down from three to two flights per day) and Heathrow-LA (down from three to two flights per day over selected periods).

BA declined to comment on specific route cuts, but did release the folowing statement to Business Traveller:

“We are reducing capacity by five per cent this winter in response to the current economic climate. Cancellations are being made on multi-frequency routes, to reduce the impact on our customers as it is easier to rebook them on other services.”

For more information visit ba.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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