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.
Virgin Atlantic has launched a new route from London Heathrow to Tampa, Florida.
Virgin will fly to Tampa from Thursday 3 November 2022. Flights will initially operate four times weekly and increase to daily from Monday 28 November 2022. The service will operate year round.
The city of Tampa on the Gulf Coast of Florida is Virgin Atlantic’s third destination in the state, after Miami and Orlando. Passengers visiting Florida can of course mix arrival and departure airports.
Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 4 July 2022.
Security Vetting Checks
One of the biggest complaints by UK airlines against the government are excessive delays in security vetting checks for newly recruited employees.
On Sunday, The Department for Transport followed up its “22 point plan” for air travel with a release claiming that Accreditation Checks are completed in around 5 days on average. Counter Terrorist Checks are completed in under 10 days on average. This is said to be a reduction from 20 days.
As we are now in the first week of July with the start of the school holidays imminent, it remains to be seen what impact this has on the summer season.