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Anyone experiencing British Airlines cancelling flights

I’ve been noticing that British Airlines is really reducing their flights, especially to Italy. I’m sure this is due to the Delta varient and high Covid-19 numbers in Britain.. I’m not booked for my trip through American Airlines that includes flying British Air LHR to FCO. Wondering if anyone has experienced such flight cancellations and hiw the airlines is handling the situation (i.e. different itinerary, different schedule, complete cancellation of the whole trip)?

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My cousin’s flight on Iberia to Dubrovnik was cancelled today. They weren’t offered an alternative. They are looking at other flights for September. Luckily they are flexible with a few days before or after since we will already be there and they can bunk with us if necessary. They were flying from Miami through Madrid. A lot of this is happening so keep checking.

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I’ve been noticing that British Airlines is really reducing their
flights, especially to Italy. I’m sure this is due to the Delta
varient and high Covid-19 numbers in Britain.

Yes, for that reasons Italy requires anyone arriving from the UK to quarantine, even if they have just transited there. So for the moment, flying to Italy via the UK is not the most attractive option.

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Yup, and not just Italy. BA cancelled my nonstop Denver to Heathrow flight for September 13th. After 2+ hours on hold I got a human on the phone and requested a refund instead of a voucher and I'll rebook with someone else.

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Friends left for Italy today on British Airways. She mentioned that there had been 3 flight changes, but apparently they were always able to fix it. I’m pretty sure they knew the options they could handle before the called BA.

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My cousins are now on an Air France flight, Iberia gave them a refund. But, the have to cut their stay short 2 days because of pricing. Hopefully they won’t have any other problems. Patience is the key word here.

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Yes! BA changed us slightly a few weeks ago and then just changed us again to the impossible route Phx to Philly, then Jfk to Paris. They seem unable to realize that a Philly/Jfk layover doesn't match up! I tried to change online but it didn't work. I need to call them to change and/or review our options. Thankfully our flight isn't until Dec.

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Well, two days ago (8/18/21), BA formally cancelled our Denver>Heathrow flight scheduled for a month later. We were originally connecting through Heathrow to Bologna, Italy. They didn’t cancel the Heathrow>Bologna leg. I wonder whether BA has flown out of Denver at all in the past 15 months - and if they were intending to resume service this September, but it’s been delayed further? I sure hope they don’t permanently discontinue the Denver service - that’s been almost the only way we’ve gotten into Europe on many trips in the past 20+ years.

The cancellation hasn’t really caused a problem, and we would’ve probably wound up canceling it in a few days anyway. Because passing through Heathrow, even just changing planes, has now started requiring a 5-day quarantine once reaching Italy, a couple of weeks ago, we booked a substitute flight on American Airlines (thru partner BA) from Denver to Dallas, then on to Rome. No touching British soil or floors, no quarantine needed. And instead of a week in London at the end of our trip, we’ll have a week in Rome. The distasteful Dallas/Ft. Worth airport is the downside of all this, but that’s not a trip deal-breaker. So we had two trips booked, and were going to have to cancel one itinerary; BA took care of part of that. Always good to have a “Plan B.”

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Pretty much all airlines are cancelling flights, it's not confined to British airlines. British Airways have cancelled some of my flights which was due to the ever changing rules regarding Covid restrictions. I haven't booked tickets with any other British airlines recently so can't speak from personal experience but I know of others who have and they also experienced cancellations. When my flights have been cancelled I've either been offered an option to rebook or vouchers for future flights.