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British Airways Scraps 800 Flights as UK Eases Slot Rules

Passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, on the tarmac at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK.

Passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, on the tarmac at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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British Airways will pull an estimated 800 more flights from its summer schedule as the carrier looks to reduce last-minute cancellations amid continuing staffing shortages and long queues at airports.

The cuts -- combined with the roughly 8,000 dropped flights announced in May -- mean the unit of IAG SA has now reduced its timetable by 11% through October. The move follows the UK’s decision to waive rules requiring airlines to use takeoff and landing slots or lose them the next season.