London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing – 14 February 2022

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Gatwick Airport Runways
Gatwick Airport Runways (Image Credit: Gatwick Airport)

Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 14 February 2022.

Gatwick Hopes For A Busy Summer

Gatwick Airport was in upbeat mood last Friday.

The airport was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with BA and Virgin consolidating flights at Heathrow. Norwegian also suspended long haul operations entirely.

The airport confirmed that its South Terminal will reopen to passenger flights from the start of the summer season on Sunday 27 March.

easyJet and Vueling will operate increased schedules are they’re both leasing slots from BA. This is not the first time BA has indirectly assisted easyJet’s growth at Gatwick.

Iberia Express will also tentatively restart twice daily flights to Madrid from 27 March.

As far as BA is concerned, there are signs that it’s not quite ready to restart short haul flights. The start date of roughly a third of its planned routes was pushed back last week, including:

Berlin – from 8 April to 7 May
Bordeaux – from 15 April to 16 May
Cagliari – from 17 April to 18 May
Ibiza – from 5 April to 3 May

Madrid – from 14 April to 16 May
Mahon – from 11 April to 16 May
Malaga – from 30 March to 7 May
Malta – from 30 March to 14 April

Milan Malpensa – from 15 April to 1 May
Seville – from 29 March to 15 April
Venice – from 8 April to 22 April
Verona – from 29 March to 16 April

Also of interest this week:

A profile of easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren. (The Observer)

The CAA publishes UK domestic and international flight data for December 2021. This reflects the first full month of the reopening of the US to international travel.

Singapore Airlines resumes cabin crew recruitment after a two year hiring freeze. (Channel News Asia)

BA, an oversold flight, the barrister and the nanny’s business class ticket. (MailOnline)

Late post publication updates:

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