Many BA flights for July moved from…

Many BA flights for July moved from Gatwick to Heathrow, to rationalise operations there
2020-06-18 13:07:00
British Airways is switching many short-haul flights from its second-biggest base, Gatwick, to Heathrow in July. BA has already warned that it may abandon Gatwick permanently, or drastically cut its operations there. For 30 years, Gatwick has been the base for BA’s leisure routes, including Mediterranean, Caribbean, Latin American and Indian Ocean destinations. BA Airways has a majority of the slots at Heathrow, but this summer it will use only a small fraction of them, for its much-reduced international network.  The move may help the airline to cut costs, by increasing the efficiency of the operation at its main base, Heathrow. A daytime short haul holiday flight to the Mediterranean can be slotted in between early and late long haul trips, making better use of aircraft and crew. It will also remove some key BA routes from direct competition with easyJet, which is the dominant airline at Gatwick potentially enabling both airlines to increase fares. There may be more BA routes from Gatwick later in the summer, depending on how the Covid pandemic is being dealt with. BA has been described, by the Transport Select Committee, as a “national disgrace” for the way it has treated its staff, forcing them to leave, and then being re-employed on much worse contracts.  .Tweet   BRITISH AIRWAYS: MANY GATWICK FLIGHTS IN JULY SWITCHED TO HEATHROW Exclusive: Test bookings for July on a range of traditional Gatwick routes, including Alicante, Faro, Jersey and Venice, found they are now departing from Heathrow By Simon Calder, Travel Correspondent (The Independent) @SimonCalder 17.6.2020 British Airways is switching many short-haul flights from its second-biggest base, Gatwick Airport, to Heathrow in July. Passengers booked on the affected flights, as well as BA flight crew employed at the Sussex hub, are being informed of the move. The airline has already warned that it may abandon Gatwick permanently, or drastically cut its operations there. For three decades, Gatwick has been the base for BA’s leisure-focused routes, including Mediterranean, Caribbean, Latin American and Indian Ocean destinations. British Airways has a majority of the slots at Heathrow airport. For the rest of the summer season – which ends in October – it will use only a fraction of them for a much-reduced international network. The Independent has made test bookings on a range of traditional Gatwick routes, including Alicante, Faro, Jersey and Venice, and found July departures are from Heathrow. But flights to Barbados, Bermuda and Dubro

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