British Airways cancels hundreds of flights after new restrictions
Sadly the travel industry has been dealt another blow by the latest restrictions, even though it was nowhere near to recovering after the last couple of years of Covid turmoil. The restrictions have caused a lack of consumer confidence in the UK and many have started to cancel or rearrange plans. Unless you are visiting Southern Africa imminently or for some reason, absolutely can’t comply with the tests required, I would not be cancelling anything right now. I would be looking at what the change and cancellation policies are for your bookings and leaving it as late as possible to decide. Things can change very quickly both in imposing regulations and in reversing them. Japan and Switzerland reversed their decisions to increase regulations within a couple of days.
It is possible that Omicron will turn out to be a storm in a teacup and either way it will soon become dominant here anyway. Hopefully, this will then lead to certain travel restrictions being reversed. Prior to the new variant, there had even been talk of removing testing for fully-vaccinated people early next year.
British Airways has cancelled 667 flights in the last week for flights as far ahead as March according to flight data experts Cirium. Reports on other websites that they cancelled 2000+ flights do not seem to be substantiated by the data. It is not known if some of these may have been cancelled anyway, since January is traditionally a quiet month for travel.
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