BA shifts short-haul operations from Gatwick to Heathrow

British Airways is to move all its short-haul and domestic operations at Gatwick to Heathrow until September.

A “small number” of long-haul BA services will fly from Gatwick from mid-July as outbound UK travel begins to resume, but the bulk of its ex-London programme will fly from Heathrow.

BA said the move would cut costs “at a time when demand is yet to return” and travel restrictions remain in place.

In April, a leaked memo sent to BA staff revealed that the carrier was considering not restarting its Gatwick operation after the pandemic.

The UK’ national flag carrier is consulting with staff over a restructure that could see 12,000 jobs go – and has furloughed 23,000 staff during the coronavirus crisis.

A BA spokeswoman said: “We’re looking forward to starting a small number of long haul services from Gatwick in mid-July. Throughout July and August, we’ll be consolidating our Gatwick and Heathrow short haul flying to operate form our Heathrow base.

“This enables us to drive operational and cost efficiencies across our business at a time when demand is yet to return and international travel restrictions remain in place.”

“We’re proactively letting customers know and recommend checking their booking on prior to travel.”

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