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British Airways has lost plans to create a low-cost airline at Gatwick airport after a pilot agreement failed to support the request, thwarting its anti-Ryanair ambitions and EasyJet as the companies exit the epidemic.
BA, which owns the International Airlines Group, said it was “disappointed” plans Changing its temporary services to low cost at the second most dangerous airport in the UK he failed to receive support from the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa).
“After years of spending money on European flights from the airport, we decided that in order to recover from the epidemic, we need to have a mindset. Make Gatwick profitable it’s a competition, “it said in a statement.
“We are sorry, we are now quitting our part-time jobs in Gatwick, with the exception of a few household chores that are in line with our long-term job, and we will use other London Gatwick alternatives.”
Martin Chalk, secretary general at Balpa, said “despite our best efforts” the council has not fulfilled the agreement with the BA on “the amendments to the interim London Gatwick (LGW), which is acceptable to our members”.
Balpa, he added, remained “open to future discussions” with BA to address members’ concerns and “LGW’s recent or any other business concerns”.
It’s only been a month since BA was first announced about what would be an attempt to restore the number of passengers tomorrow summer when flights return to the coronavirus crisis.
BA uses 47 shortcuts from Gatwick that have been represented since spring 2020 due to Covid-19, according to Cirium, a mobile analytics company.
The airline is expected to fly about 1,880 flights from Gatwick in July next year and their departure could depart from the airport without work in Algiers, Cologne / Bonn, Genoa and Manchester.
In an email sent to BA pilots who were spotted by the Financial Times, it said pilots would still be working for BA if they moved to the company and agreed that “the process to get to the hospital would be delayed”.
“We believe we can make a successful BA competition in Gatwick. But for that to happen, we need to turn the money-making business into a profitable one,” he added.
It is a new venture that BA has tried to make in the low-cost market in Europe, controlled by Ryanair, Wizz Air and EasyJet airlines.
In 1998, the company launched Go Fly, which flew between London Stansted and Europe before being taken over by EasyJet four years later.
The IAG and other major airlines in Europe have been hit hard by the epidemic, the worst crisis in the history of air travel, as it has disrupted international travel.
IAG revenue dropped 70% a year to € 1.1bn in the second quarter as aircraft under its umbrella, which also included Aer Lingus and Iberia, operated only 22% of their pre-epidemic operations.
Additional reports of Sylvia Pfeifer