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.”