British Airways has reportedly scrapped plans to launch a
new short-haul subsidiary at Gatwick airport after talks with the British Airline
Pilots Association (BALPA) fell through.

According to the PA news agency, a spokesperson said the
carrier had been unable to reach a deal with the trade union to start up a new
venture at the airport. Under the plans, BA was hoping to establish a base of
Airbus A320 aircraft starting in summer 2022 to operate short-haul flights within
Europe.

The spokesperson told PA the airline was “clear that coming
out of the pandemic, we needed a plan to make Gatwick profitable and competitive”
after “many years of losing money on European flights” from the airport.

As a result of the failure to reach a deal, BA announced it
will continue the suspension of the vast majority of its flights from Gatwick,
which have been grounded due to the pandemic since March 2020. A small number
of domestic services will continue to operate, but the spokesperson said the
airline will “pursue alternative uses for the London Gatwick short-haul slots”.

According to data from Cirium, BA was expected to be the
second-largest airline at Gatwick for summer 2022 behind easyJet with 1,881
short-haul flights scheduled for July. If BA does not continue its schedule,
Cirium says four destinations will no longer have a connection to the airport –
Algiers, Cologne/Bonn, Genoa and Manchester.



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