British Airways Suspends London Gatwick – Manchester

BA has suspended its daily flight between Gatwick and Manchester from 30 October 2022.

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Manchester Airport Terminal 3 (Image Credit: Manchester Airport)

British Airways has suspended its route from London Gatwick to Manchester.

The daily connection between Gatwick and Manchester is suspended from Sunday 30 October 2022.

The route which is operated by Heathrow based aircraft & crews as a “W pattern” has a troubled history. It was originally due to start in March 2021. It was delayed by a year. It is now suspended entirely.

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British Airways Averts Heathrow Ground Staff Strike

British Airways has agreed with its trade unions a new pay deal for ground staff at London Heathrow.

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British Airways Customer Service Host, London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has averted a strike by ground staff at London Heathrow at the start of the school holidays.

Around 1,200 BA ground staff who primarily work on check in had voted in favour of strike action in a dispute with the airline over pay.

BA has now reached a new agreement with the GMB and Unite trade unions. This will be subject to a ballot by their members. As this will come with a recommendation to accept the offer, there should be a vote in favour.

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British Airways Relaunches London City – Billund

BA’s franchise partner SUN-AIR will restart flights from London City to Billund on 5 September 2022.

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SUN-AIR Dornier 328 Jet in British Airways livery
SUN-AIR Dornier 328 Jet in British Airways livery (Image Credit: SUN-AIR of Scandinavia A/S)

British Airways franchise partner SUN-AIR will restart flights from London City airport to Billund on Monday 5 September 2022.

SUN-AIR is BA’s last remaining franchise partner following the collapse of Comair. It had suspended all scheduled flights due to COVID-19. The airline is operating a charter flight between Manchester, Cambridge and Gothenburg.

SUN-AIR will fly between London City and Billund up to 6 times weekly between Monday and Thursday.

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British Airways Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

René de Groot is to join British Airways as Chief Operating Officer from KLM.

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René de Groot, Chief Operating Officer Designate British Airways (Image Credit: KLM)

British Airways has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer.

René de Groot is to join BA as COO from KLM.

René, a former airline pilot, has been with KLM for 32 years and is currently COO. René will leave KLM on 15 July and join BA in October.

BA is restructuring its Operations division. Jason Mahoney, formerly COO, becomes Chief Technical Officer. BA had wanted to bring someone from outside the airline as a new COO.

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British Airways’ Parent Orders More Airbus Short Haul Aircraft

BA’s parent company International Airlines Group has ordered more Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

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British Airways Airbus A320neo aircraft, G-TTNA (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group has ordered more Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

IAG has today, Thursday 30 June 2022, converted options from a previous order into a firm order for 11 Airbus A320neo and 3 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

This is on top of an order in March this year for 6 Airbus A320neo & 2 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

These 22 aircraft will be delivered in 2024 and 2025. IAG has not stated which airlines in the group will receive them. They will be used to replace existing Airbus A320 family aircraft.

As with existing new Airbus A320 family aircraft the configuration will be standardised to enable aircraft to be moved around the group.

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British Airways Heathrow Terminal Changes

British Airways has moved a number of routes back from Heathrow Terminal 3 to 5 from Tuesday 12 July.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 Check-In Concourse
London Heathrow Terminal 5 Check-In Concourse (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has moved a number of short & long haul routes back from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to 5.

The changes have been applied today, Tuesday 28 June, with effect from Tuesday 12 July 2022.

The airline had made a number of route moves between Terminals 3 & 5 at the start of the summer season in March. Many of these have now been reversed.

It is quite unusual for BA to move routes during the middle of the season and at short notice. This is possibly due to congestion at Terminal 3 and schedule cuts which enable more routes to be accommodated at Terminal 5.

To accommodate the move American Airlines and Iberia will move back to Terminal 3 on the same date.

Note that the Heathrow airport website has not yet been updated with these changes.

Readers can keep up to date with the latest moves with a dedicated guide to BA at Terminal 3.

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British Airways Heathrow Staff Vote For Strike Action

BA ground staff at London Heathrow represented by GMB & Unite have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay.

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British Airways Coat Of Arms (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways staff at London Heathrow represented by the GMB & Unite unions have voted in favour of strike action.

Around 700 GMB staff were balloted. They voted 95% in favour of strike action. The turnout was 81%.

A similar ballot of around 500 BA staff at Heathrow represented by the Unite union voted 94.7% in favour of strike action.

The dispute with BA is over pay. The unions claim that a 10% pay cut imposed on ground staff by the airline during the COVID-19 pandemic has not been reinstated. Check-in staff also not received a 10% bonus given to other BA staff.

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BA Plans Phased Move To New York JFK Terminal 8

British Airways plans a phased transition of flights from Terminal 7 to 8 at New York JFK from mid-November 2022.

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Artist impression of co-branded American Airlines & BA premium check-in area, New York JFK Terminal 8 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has updated its plans to co-locate with American Airlines at New York JFK Terminal 8.

Earlier this year, BA and AA confirmed long anticipated plans to co-locate all flights between London and New York JFK at Terminal 8 from December 2022.

BA’s current home at New York JFK Terminal 7 will close. Terminal 7 will be demolished to allow a new terminal to be constructed on its site.

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BA Tightens Rebooking Policies On Flight Schedule Changes

British Airways has tightened its policy for rebooking passengers on to alternative flights where schedules have changed.

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British Airways Airbus A350-1000 G-XWBA Aircraft, London Heathrow
British Airways Airbus A350-1000 G-XWBA Aircraft, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has updated its policy for rebooking passengers in the event of flight schedule changes.

This change applies from today, Wednesday 15 June 2022. It is assumed it applies to all existing bookings, as well as new bookings made from today.

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British Airways Africa Franchise Comair To Be Liquidated

Comair is to be liquidated after it failed to raise new funds to restart flights.

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Comair Boeing 737 Aircraft
Comair Boeing 737 Aircraft (Image Credit: Comair)

Note: This article has been updated since first published to confirm that Comair is to be liquidated.

British Airways’ franchise partner in South Africa, Comair, is to be liquidated.

Comair suspended all flights and ticket sales on 31 May 2022. At the time the company advised that it was securing new funds and would restart flights as soon as these were obtained.

Its Business Rescue Practitioners have issued a short statement, today Thursday 9 June, to advise “they no longer believe that there is a reasonable prospect that the Company can be rescued.”

Comair has subsequently issued a statement to confirm that liquidation proceedings have started.

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