British Airways delays short-haul Gatwick flights until November

Jul 30, 2020

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.

British Airways has pushed back its plans for operations at London’s second-largest airport. Earlier this month, the carrier said that it planned to resume some short-haul operations from London Gatwick (LGW) as of September. However, as of Wednesday, those plans have been pushed back until November.

“Until November 2020, most of our short-haul flights will continue to operate from Heathrow”, British Airways said in a statement. “This enables us to ensure a smooth, uninterrupted and efficient operation across our business at a time when demand is yet to return and international travel restrictions remain in place”.

While those short-haul operations in Europe are being delayed until November, BA will continue its plans to operate some long-haul flights from LGW. Earlier this month, the carrier restarted flying to some Caribbean destinations. Those flights to destinations such as Antigua (ANU), St Lucia (UVF), Barbados (BGI) and Kingston (KIN) from Gatwick will go forward.

Related: British Airways commits to the Caribbean, adds new route to Jamaica

In the early stages of the pandemic, British Airways consolidated all of its Heathrow (Terminal 3 and 5), Gatwick and London City (LCY) flights to Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

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If you do decide to make a booking out of Gatwick from November onwards, we advise you to keep a close eye on it as it may switch to departing to or from Heathrow or London City (LCY). Frequencies may be reduced or cancelled altogether depending on the constantly changing COVID-19 situation.

Related: London Heathrow vs. Gatwick: Which airport should I fly into?

Additional reporting by Emily McNutt.

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