BA seals deal with pilots for potential short-haul subsidiary airline at Gatwick Airport
British Airways has reached an agreement with pilots over a potential short-haul subsidiary at Gatwick Airport.
Pilots’ union Balpa said its members had approved a revised offer on pay and working hours after an initial proposal was rejected last month.
The decision does not mean the subsidiary will definitely go ahead as BA is yet to reach agreements with other parties such as cabin crew.
Take-off: Pilots’ union Balpa said its members had approved a revised offer on pay and working hours for BA’s proposed Gatwick subsidiary after an initial proposal was rejected last month
A spokesman for the airline said: ‘We will now further develop our proposal to provide a full-service short-haul subsidiary operation at Gatwick, offering competitive fares to our customers.
‘We would hope to begin operations next summer.’
Most of BA’s short-haul flights from the West Sussex airport have been suspended since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
BA said the flights were loss-making even before the virus crisis, and they would only restart if there was ‘a competitive and sustainable operating cost base’.