British Airways will lease many of Gatwick airport slots to easyJet & Vueling for the summer 2022 season.
According to filings lodged with Airport Coordination Ltd, the body responsible for overseeing slot allocations at London airports, BA will lease 230 weekly slots to easyJet for most of the summer 2022 season. This is equivalent to approximately 16 return flights a day.
A further 118 weekly slots will be leased to its IAG sister airline Vueling. This is equivalent to approximately 8 return flights a day.
A 70 / 30 “use it or lose it” slot usage rule is planned for the summer season. As BA will not be able to use all of its slots, the airline has no option but to temporarily lease its slots to other airlines. As fellow IAG airlines can’t take up all of the slack, leasing slots its rival easyJet is the least worst option, compared to forfeiting them permanently.
BA is due to resume short haul flights at Gatwick from Tuesday 29 March 2022.
There are signs the start of some BA short haul routes at Gatwick may be delayed. The restart of many routes has been pushed back from late March to late April / early May. These include Berlin, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Seville, Venice and Verona. Further changes are possible in the coming weeks.