British Airways is shifting its operations of many short-haul flights from its second-biggest base, Gatwick Airport to Heathrow in July.
However, the airline will be informing the passengers with booking at Gatwick and the airline staff at the Sussex hub about the changes.
Subsequently, in the future, the airline might completely terminate its operations at Gatwick.
Gatwick has been the base for British Airway’s vacation routes for three decades. It was operating to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Latin America, and the Indian Ocean destinations.
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British Airways has most of the flights from Heathrow airport. However, for the remaining summer season, which ends in October, the airline will use very few of them for a much-reduced international network.
Moreover, this decision will help the airline reduce its costs. But it will increase its efficiency of the operation at its main base, Heathrow.
Holiday flights to the Mediterranean, which were flying at day time can be not flying early and late business-focused trips. This is to make better use of aircraft and crew.
However, some important British Airways routes will be removed from direct competition with EasyJet, which is the dominant airline at the Sussex airport. This will cause both airlines to increase fares.
A spokesperson for British Airways said, “We recommend all customers check for the latest on their flight on the website.”
It is not yet known if the airline will pay the additional expenses for passengers due to the airport switch.
British Airways is adding more flights from August. It is resuming its operations at routes such as Catania in Sicily added from Gatwick.
Similar to other airlines British Airways is also laying off about 30% of its staff. There are around 42,000 employees and out of this 12,000 employees will be leaving the company.
British Airways was expressed as a national disgrace by MPs on the Transport Select Committee for what they called its wanton destruction of a loyal workforce.
The airline wants to change the terms and conditions of its remaining 30,000 employees.
The committee said, “We urge British Airways to extend its consultation period to allow meaningful consultation to take place as per its legal requirements, and without pre-conditions.”
Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airway’s parent company, IAG, responded, “British Airways is fighting for its survival, in the face of overwhelming and unprecedented challenges, while respecting the fundamental British value of the rule of law. This is not a disgrace.”
In addition, he said, “Lying down and surrendering without a fight would be a disgrace and we will not do that.”
On the other hand, Air France is planning to layoff about 8,300 employees to cut costs. However, there are around 300 pilots, 2,000 cabin crew, and 6,000 ground staff who will be leaving their jobs. As a result, these cuts will affect about 17% of the workers.
However, until March, Gatwick was the world’s busiest single-runway airport. But not it is operating at a very limited capacity.
Moreover, Norwegian Air has announced it will resume flying from Gatwick to both Copenhagen and Oslo in July.