BA plan for new low cost “BA Lite” at Gatwick,…

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BA plan for new low cost “BA Lite” at Gatwick,…

BA plan for new low cost “BA Lite” at Gatwick, for short-haul flights, abandoned
2021-09-23 17:34:00
At the end of August British Airways announced that it hoped to start a new low-cost airline, called “BA Lite” to operate from Gatwick, and compete with Ryanair, EasyJet and Wizz. BA would therefore move short-haul flights back to Gatwick, after deciding to move them to Heathrow because of the pandemic.  BA had consultations with trades unions – telling them that change was essential if it was to return to Gatwick.  But the contracts for staff were less generous than before. Now the plan to create “BA Lite” has been scrapped, as agreement could not be reached with the pilots’ union, BALPA.  The union says the benefits and protections its members would have under the new company are not good enough.  So BA has shelved the plan and will now cut the short haul routes it already flies from Gatwick.The news may come as a blow for Gatwick Airport as well, as it looks to grow passengers numbers and bring its emergency runway into regular use to increase its capacity.  The loss of BA and its routes means Gatwick has even less need for its costly, climate-wrecking, expansion plans to bring its standby runway into full use, by 2029. .Tweet   British Airways’ Gatwick short haul plan shelved after failing to reach agreement with pilots union The airline had planned to launch a subsidiary to operate low cost flights from Gatwick to European destinations By Dave Comeau  (Get Surrey) 23rd September 2021 A plan by British Airways to operate cheaper short haul flights to European destinations from Gatwick Airport has been scrapped after an agreement could not be reached with a pilots’ union. BA wanted to launch a new subsidiary company to fly short haul from Gatwick to make its operation from the airport more profitable as it says it has been losing money for years on the short haul routes it already flies. But the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) does not support the company’s plan following reported discussions over the benefits and protections its members would have under the new company. As a result of the union pulling out of talks, BA has shelved the plan and will now cut the short haul routes it already flies. BA said in a statement: “We’re disappointed that our plans for a new short haul subsidiary at Gatwick have not received Balpa’s support. “After many years of losing money o

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