Today British Airways has revealed the initial destinations for its new Gatwick subsidiary, which will start flying from March 2022. Tickets to 35 shorthaul destinations will also be on sale from Tuesday 14 December 2021.

The airline announced its intention to create a shorthaul standalone business at Gatwick in August, similar to its operation from London City Airport, which operates under the British Airways name but exists as an entirely separate entity. The offshoot will launch later in 2022, with short-haul services at Gatwick being operated by mainline BA until the new entities’ Air Operators Certificate is issued. BA shorthaul flights will start operating from Gatwick at the end of March, with three Airbus shorthaul aircraft initially, ramping ramp up to 18 aircraft by the end of May.

The subsidiary will herald the airline’s return to shorthaul flying from the London airport, which had been suspended as a result of Covid-19 in Spring 2020. During the pandemic, several routes were moved to Heathrow airport, some of which will return to Gatwick, as well as being maintained at Heathrow to give customers choice, including Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Marrakech and Tenerife. In addition, other new routes will be added at Gatwick including Athens, Berlin, Madrid, Milan Malpensa and Santorini.

The new services will be branded and known as British Airways. Customers will receive the same high level of service they expect of British Airways as well as enjoying the benefits of travelling with the UK’s flag carrier including a generous baggage allowance, free water and snacks, free seat selection at -24 hours and frequent flyer benefits which include lounge access.

Club Europe customers will also receive complimentary food and drink and Euro Traveller customers who want to order additional food will benefit from access to the airline’s ‘Speedbird Café', which features a selection of products from a range of carefully selected British brands.

Tickets are available to book now via Lime's booking systems.

Sean Doyle, British Airways Chairman and CEO, said: “Today is a landmark moment for British Airways. The creation of a new British Airways short-haul organisation means Gatwick customers will benefit from access to a premium service from the UK’s flag carrier at competitive prices. We are looking forward to bringing a short-haul network back to Gatwick, with a fantastic flying team in place, to serve our customers from London’s second hub airport, which we feel sure will be a success.”

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport, said: “This significant news will be very welcome for many people connected to the airport. Despite the ongoing public health situation, today’s announcement is a positive signal that consumer confidence is returning as people start thinking about making travel plans for next summer.

“Given the difficult period we have all just been through, we expect BA’s new and extensive network of services from Gatwick to destinations across Europe to be in high demand and our staff, retailers, restaurants, cafes and bars are all looking forward to welcoming BA passengers back in larger numbers from April next year.”

 

 

Destination

Country

Start Date

Amsterdam

Netherlands

29 March 2022

Larnaca

Cyprus

29 March 2022

Paphos

Cyprus

29 March 2022

Seville

Spain

29 March 2022

Tenerife

Spain

29 March 2022

Verona

Italy

29 March 2022

Arrecife (Lanzarote)

Spain

30 March 2022

Faro

Portugal

30 March 2022

Malta

Malta

30 March 2022

Catania (Sicily)

Italy

31 March 2022

Malaga

Spain

31 March 2022

Marrakech

Morocco

31 March 2022

Nice

France

31 March 2022

Alicante

Spain

1 April 2022

Antalya

Turkey

2 April 2022

Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

Spain

2 April 2022

Bari

Italy

3 April 2022

Dubrovnik

Croatia

4 April 2022

Turin

Italy

4 April 2022

Ibiza

Spain

5 April 2022

Palma (Mallorca)

Spain

7 April 2022

Berlin

Germany

8 April 2022

Venice

Italy

8 April 2022

Mahon (Menorca)

Spain

11 April 2022

Madrid

Spain

14 April 2022

Thessaloniki

Greece

14 April 2022

Bordeaux

France

15 April 2022

Milan Malpensa

Italy

15 April 2022

Santorini

Greece

15 April 2022

Cagliari (Sardinia)

Italy

17 April 2022

Dalaman

Turkey

23 April 2022

Heraklion (Crete)

Greece

24 April 2022

Kos

Greece

24 April 2022

Rhodes

Greece

28 April 2022

Athens

Greece

4 May 2022