BA Reverses Course on Low-Cost Subsidiary at Gatwick

By Kurt Stolz on 23 September 2021
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British Airways said it no longer plans to to relaunch short-haul flights from London’s Gatwick Airport.

The airline suspended the flights last year amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.

The carrier had planned to launch a new, low-cost and short-haul subsidiary but was unable to come to an agreement with the pilots’ union, Balpa.

A spokeswoman for the airline, who said that BA had lost money for years on Gatwick flights to the Continent, said it was “disappointed” that it was unable to come to an agreement.

The short-haul subsidiary would have made Gatwick “profitable and competitive,” she said.

“With regret, we will now suspend our short-haul operations at Gatwick, with the exception of a small number of domestic services connecting to our long-haul operation, and will pursue alternative uses for the London Gatwick short-haul slots.”

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