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British Airways Announces Routes for New Gatwick Subsidiary

Just in time for 2022 travel plans, British Airways, today, revealed the initial destinations for its new Gatwick subsidiary which will start flying from March 2022.

The subsidiary will herald British Airways return to short-haul flying from London Gatwick Airport, which had been suspended as a result of COVID-19 in Spring 2020.

The new routes are 35 short-haul destinations, including Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Marrakech, Tenerife, Athens, Berlin, Madrid, Milan Malpensa and Santorini. Some of the new routes will also be operated from Heathrow. Tickets will go on sale from today, 14 Tuesday December.

The new services will be branded and known as British Airways. Customers will receive the same high level of service from British Airways, including generous baggage allowance, free water and snacks, free seat selection at -24 hours, and frequent flyer benefits including lounge access.

Club Europe customers will also receive complimentary food and drink and Euro Traveller customers who want to order additional food will benefit from access to the airline’s ‘Speedbird Café', which features a selection of products from a range of carefully selected British brands.

Tickets will go on sale at today, and start from £39 each way. British Airways Holidays also has a number of packages to these destinations, starting from £119. The airline will continue to prioritise flying to and from the most convenient destinations across Europe.

British Airways announced its intention to create a short-haul standalone business at Gatwick in August, similar to its operation from London City Airport, which operates under the British Airways name but exists as an entirely separate entity.

The offshoot will launch later in 2022, with short-haul services at Gatwick being operated by mainline BA until the new entities’ Air Operators Certificate is issued.

BA short-haul flights will start operating from Gatwick at the end of March 2022, with three Airbus short-haul aircraft initially, ramping up to 18 aircraft by the end of May.

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