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Article from BTNews 27 SEPTEMBER 2021

BA abandons Gatwick short-haul

After comments by Business Travel News (and other publications) British Airways (BA) has confirmed to Sky News that it has abandoned its short-haul Gatwick operations.  This leaves easyJet, Norwegian and Wizz Air a golden opportunity to expand services at the UK’s second busiest airport. BA’s sister company Vueling could use the slots?

In a statement BA said: “After many years of losing money on European flights from the airport, we were clear that coming out of the pandemic, we needed a plan to make Gatwick profitable and competitive.

“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.”

In order to make the operation a financial success a compromise was required with the pilots’ union BALPA.

BA said that the terms offered to BALPA were “the best that could be achieved in order to create a viable and sustainable operation at London Gatwick.”

BALPA’s Acting General Secretary, Martin Chalk, said: “We are disappointed that we couldn’t come to arrangements that were acceptable to our members. We stand ready to work with BA to find such arrangements that could be acceptable.”

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