British Airways Leases In Aircraft At Gatwick

BA will lease aircraft & crews from Iberia Express to cover select short haul flights at London Gatwick over the summer season.

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Iberia Express Airbus A320 Aircraft (Image Credit: Iberia)

British Airways is to lease in aircraft and crews from its sister airline Iberia Express to operate some short haul flights at London Gatwick.

This comes ahead of the planned relaunch of short haul flights at Gatwick on Tuesday 29 March.

BA has today, Friday 25 March, updated its planned schedules.

According to timetables, Iberia Express will operate selected flights from April to a wide range destinations. These include Cagliari, Madrid, Mahon, Malta, Seville, Venice and Verona.

Further changes are possible during the summer season.

How Do I Know If My Flight Is Operated By Iberia Express?

If you have already booked a flight from Gatwick, you should be messaged by BA to advise your flight is operated by another airline.

You can also check BA’s online timetable.

When you look up flights, the legend next to the flight number, which will remain unchanged, will say “Operated by I2” rather than “Operated by BA”.

Extract of BA online timetable featuring Iberia Express wet lease.

When you click on the aircraft icon for the date of your flight, the full flight details will also say “Operated by Iberia Express” or “Operated by Iberia Express for British Airways”.

Extract of BA online timetable featuring Iberia Express wet lease.

Some routes, such as Bordeaux, Dubrovnik, Faro, Malaga, Malta, Marrakech and Nice, are currently showing as operated by a mixture of BA and Iberia Express aircraft.

Extract of BA online timetable featuring Iberia Express wet lease.

How Will The In Flight Service Differ?

BA has advised that in flight service, whilst operated by Iberia Express crews, will be the same in Euro Traveller and Club Europe.

Can I Change My Flight?

When BA wet leases aircraft from another airline it allows passengers to change their flight to one operated by BA.

Passengers can choose another BA flight at any of London City, Gatwick or Heathrow airports. Given Iberia Express aircraft are in a relatively similar configuration to BA, there is probably little reason to do so.

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