easyJet to expand at Gatwick as Flybe sells off slots

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)
London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

easyJet is to expand further at London Gatwick airport next year as Flybe has today announced it is to sell to easyJet its portfolio of 25 take off and landing slots at the airport for £20m.

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Sunday Times: Flybe may sell London Gatwick slots to easyJet

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)
London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

The Sunday Times has interesting story (Sunday Times Paywall) which states that Flybe is in discussions with easyJet to sell its portfolio of slots at London Gatwick airport.

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IAG 1st Quarter Results – Analysts Q&A Session

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As previously mentioned, International Airlines Group published its 1st quarter results in Friday.

On the morning of the announcement, as per standard protocol, it held a webcast for analyst and the question and answer session that follows provides a lot of useful insight into current strategic developments at the airline group.

Here is a summary of some points of interest from the call:

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BA launches London Gatwick – Larnaca

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has announced it is to launch a new, thrice weekly, route from London Gatwick to Larnaca.

The route launches on 30 June 2013 and will operate in addition to BA’s daily service from London Heathrow.

The flight operates on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. As is common for Garwick the flight operates at different times on each operating day.

Flight BA2674 departs at 08:35 on Monday (returning from Larnaca at 16:10), 14:40 on Thursday (returning at 22:05) and 09:25 on Sunday (returning at 17:00). The flight will be operated with a Boeing 737 aircraft.

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From a network development point of view there are a couple of interesting points to note.

First this is another new London Gatwick route which, like Barcelona and Las Vegas, operates in parallel to Heathrow. In recent times London Gatwick and Heathrow have tended to maintain broadly distinct networks but the latest Gatwick routes are a reversal of this trend. Heathrow has also moved into Gatwick’s leisure territory with seasonal routes to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Gran Canaria.

Secondly, this is a relatively long range route which indicates where BA sees growth in the difficult short haul market at Gatwick.

Changes to BA London Gatwick short-haul timetable for Winter 2013

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has confirmed changes to its London Gatwick short-haul timetable for the Winter 2013 season, which starts at the end of October.

The changes announced for so far are relatively minor, but in the context of perennial uncertainty over the future of BA’s London Gatwick short-haul operation, that is no bad thing.

Flights to Salzburg increase from 7 to 8 a week, with an additional flight on Tuesday.

Flights to Paphos continue twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays until 29 November 2013. Flights currently operate four weekly in the summer season.

Flights to Marrakech increase from 7 to 10 weekly, with additional flights on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Note that each additional flight has a different departure and arrival time. Flight BA 2668 departs London Gatwick at 11:35 on Monday (returning 15:50), 06:45 on Wednesday (returning 11:00), and 06:55 on Saturday (returning 11:10).