BA sighs as restrictions ease

British Airways welcomed the UK Government’s announcement Monday, easing restrictions on hand baggage on flights departing all UK airports.However, BAA has informed the airline that it will not be in a position to implement the changes to the policy at Heathrow and Gatwick airports until 0430 (BST) tomorrow morning (Tuesday, August 15).

The changes mean that customers will be able to carry one item of hand baggage on board flights. Laptops and electrical goods may be included within the bag, which has set dimensions of 45cm x 35cm x 16cm.

The airline’s schedule today will be based around compliance with a BAA directive to cancel 20 per cent of its Heathrow operation.

The directive applies to all airlines operating at London Heathrow. It is designed to ease congestion at the airport resulting from the introduction of the regulations last week.

British Airways has cancelled 39 shorthaul and five longhaul flights from Heathrow today. Exact details can be found on the airline’s website,


The airline anticipates that it will operate a full European and longhaul schedule from London Gatwick. However all 26 domestic flights departing from Gatwick have been cancelled, excluding flights to Jersey. BA Connect is operating its normal schedule.

The airline would like to apologise again to its customers for the continued disruption to their travel plans.  The airline is doing all it can to minimise flight delays.

The airline has also announced its proposed schedule for tomorrow (Tuesday, August 15) and anticipates cancellation of 20 per cent of Heathrow flights. There are plans to operate a full longhaul and shorthaul schedule from Gatwick.

Flights that do operate remain subject to delays. Customers should continue to check at regular intervals and before travelling to the airport to see if their flight is operating.

British Airways has also been nominated this year for a


World Travel Award in the category of World’s Leading Airline.