British Airways cancelled six domestic flights yesterday, as thousands of holidaymakers descended on Heathrow for the airline's busiest weekend of the year. Passengers on the flights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Manchester were put on to other services. The same will be done today to those booked on two return services - one to Amsterdam and the other to Copenhagen. A further 2,500 travellers are also having their plans altered by BA over the weekend, after the airline cancelled one service to Pheonix, Arizona, and three to New York. British Airways, whose senior executives joined other volunteers on the terminal floor yesterday, said the cancellations represented less than one per cent of its service. The passengers involved, who were contacted in advance, faced delays of a few hours. The airline, which bolstered its presence at Heathrow with office staff, will be watching booking figures closely after a bruising fortnight in which BA has averted a damaging strike only to come under fire after staff shortages created havoc at the airport on Monday and Tuesday, informs Telegraph. According to USATODAY, British Airways chief executive Rod Eddington and other senior management will help out the ground staff at London's Heathrow airport during the upcoming busy holiday weekend, after days of staff shortages and delays, the company said Wednesday. "We have asked for volunteers to help out over the weekend to ensure everything runs smoothly and Rod and the directors will be leading that push," a BA spokesman said. (Related story:British Airways cancels more flights) The move follows three days of flight cancellations blamed largely on staff shortages. Four domestic flights were scrapped Wednesday, following the cancellation of 50 flights on Monday and 31 on Tuesday. Eddington would meet passengers and staff at Heathrow, the airlines said, while 11 others from top BA management would spread out through terminals one and four at the world's busiest airport. BA finance director John Rishton, customer services and operations director Mike Street and commercial director Martin George would pitch in helping manage check-in lines and with customer service, it said. The flight cancellations earlier in the week caused delays for thousands of passengers en route to popular European summer spots and U.S. cities. British Airways (BAI1.FSE) announced its plans today to cancel 24 additional flights in the next few days. However, the airline has expressed its confidence in coping comfortably with the Bank Holiday rush over this weekend. British Airways has cancelled more than more than 100 flights to and from Heathrow Airport in the past few days. The airline's flight schedules have been considerably disrupted by staff shortages and several technical glitches through this week. British Airways' Chief Executive Officer, Rod Eddington, and about 200 employees have reportedly volunteered to work over the weekend, which is considered to one of the busiest passenger traffic periods due to the Bank Holiday on the forthcoming Monday, to minimize any further disruptions, reports New Ratings.
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