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.
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.
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.
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.
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.