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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK

Aren’t there thunderstorms about along the route?

Yup. One flight struck by lightning, too:

British Airways plane is struck by LIGHTNING on approach to Heathrow forcing urgent diversion | Daily Mail Online

Or LIGHTNING as the Daily Mail calls it.

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In the last 12 months I’ve had one cancellation (within 4 hours of the departure) from MAN to LHR and only offered next day departure; and one 3.5 hour delay LGW to CUN. Not great, but to be fair I claimed immediately and on both occasions EU261 compensation agreed within a couple of days, with no messing around.

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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK

Aren’t there thunderstorms about along the route?

And yet the Ryanair to STN left less than half an hour late, was scheduled an hour earlier than BA.
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I used to be the one laughing at mates getting stranded coming home from England games because they'd booked Ryanair. They always seem to be laughing at me these days 😩

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Originally Posted by KARFA

there have been a significant portion due to lack of crew.

Something for which BA has to take responsibility as an organisation? Having enough crew (and aircraft) to operate scheduled flights is a pretty basic requirement for an airline.

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Originally Posted by Oaxaca

Something for which BA has to take responsibility as an organisation? Having enough crew (and aircraft) to operate scheduled flights is a pretty basic requirement for an airline.

well that is implied, i didn't think i needed to spell it out Financial Times article on BA cancellations - FlyerTalk Forums (10)

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Originally Posted by Oaxaca

Something for which BA has to take responsibility as an organisation? Having enough crew (and aircraft) to operate scheduled flights is a pretty basic requirement for an airline.

It is but if you suddenly have more people off ill, there has been a lot of "summer covid" going around at the moment, you can easily use up your standby crews and end up short. Its not as if you can get people off the streets and get them flying the next week or even the next month.

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Not cancelled, but 3 out of my last 4 long haul flights with BA, they have left my luggage in London.

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My flabber is absolutely ghasted. After my cancellation from Cologne last night, headed down to Frankfurt for the early 6.35 departure so I can get to work.

Pilot says, you're all boarded we're ready and currently looking like landing into T5 early.

Few minutes later comes on, says ground handlers are new and we missed our pushback so now we've picked up an hour delay

Could this trip get any more farcical?

Really glad I had 3 hours sleep to get caught up with this latest nonsense. 😩

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My frustrations are around longer notice cancellations where BA seem to re-arrange schedules and then less than two weeks later re-arrange them again.
I had four sets of flights between now and March changed and then yesterday Flighty told me that one of them had been cancelled.
BA, of course, have not told me yet about the latest cancellation.

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As I transit through LHR, it's not just the landing delays that frustrate me—it's also the inconvenience of arriving at an international gate on a domestic flight, disembarking from the rear, boarding a bus, and going through security again. Over the past six years, I've flown a mix of BA and QR. In that time, I've only experienced one technical issue with QR. However, BA has been significantly worse, with numerous canceled flights and schedule changes. Fortunately, I've received around £3000 in compensation from BA under EU/UK261 regulations.

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Originally Posted by glenmore_saveloy

As I transit through LHR, it's not just the landing delays that frustrate me—it's also the inconvenience of arriving at an international gate on a domestic flight, disembarking from the rear, boarding a bus, and going through security again. Over the past six years, I've flown a mix of BA and QR. In that time, I've only experienced one technical issue with QR. However, BA has been significantly worse, with numerous canceled flights and schedule changes. Fortunately, I've received around £3000 in compensation from BA under EU/UK261 regulations.

Though the money is nice to have I would prefer to have no hassle TBH. On my last LH flight we were very pleased because we were tracking to arrive nearly half an hour early. We landed 45 minutes early and then sat on a taxiway waiting for a gate. In the end we ended up leaving the aircraft quite a few minutes later than expected. Very frustrating because we were on a very tight schedule to get away from LHR before the Friday night traffic set in to go and meet one of our sons for dinner. No amount of money could replace being late for that.

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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot

Hi,

Don't know about the timespan of the report but in the last couple of weeks there has been media reports of a large number of Easyjet cancellations ( ie ruined holidays) from Edinburgh. Have not seen any statistical data though

personal experience on BA in the past few years have been reasonable ( a few 30mins to 1 hr delays, one 2hr delay ) but no cancellations. ( not to say ground service/communication at gate could not be improved though)
Regards

TBS

I could be wrong but I think some of the EZY delays out of EDI were due to the horrendous check in Q's recently experienced. As EZY is a major op out of EDI I'm not totally surprised if the got caught up with the "issues". Having said that the reading of the BA issues is sad generally.

I still like BA somehow....I fly regularly with Virgin Australia as in Australia a lot these days and they somewhat remind me of BA. Sometimes great sometimes not so.
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Originally Posted by SonTech

It is but if you suddenly have more people off ill, there has been a lot of "summer covid" going around at the moment, you can easily use up your standby crews and end up short. Its not as if you can get people off the streets and get them flying the next week or even the next month.

That may be true but shouldn't be a differentiator as sickness should affect all airlines fairly equally... unless Ryan/Ezy/others are somehow hiring healthier people and BA is hiring people more likely to get sick!

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Interesting - I'd tend to agree with KARFA - I've been pretty fortunate over the past 12 months - majority SH to continental Europe, two cancellations out of 35 flights. Some of my team use KLM and our anecdotal experience is that they are much worse on their Citihopper service (can't speak to long haul) - second anything goes wrong, which at AMS is usually weather and there is a slew of Citihopper cancellations. State of BA's fleet is more of a gripe for me (heart sinks when they schedule the old BMI aircraft) - Most recent frustration has been the re-equipping of certain US routes away from the 787-10, had an F ticket downgraded to J in an auto email that sounded way too pleased with itself for that solution (a quick phone call resolved that one).

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I am not sure if it is BA or LHR, but there is something about that combination that keeps me away. Still, the few fights I have taken with them were not canceled, only delayed 60-90 minutes.

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