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British Airways has started moving Gatwick flights to Heathrow

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British Airways has started the process of moving Gatwick short-haul flights for Summer 2022 to Heathrow.

This follows the decision to close the short-haul operation at London Gatwick following the failure to reach agreement with pilot union BALPA over a new low cost operating structure.

Most flights are moving to Heathrow with the same flight number and the same departure and arrival times. You have no grounds for a free cancellation or for compensation for the cost of getting from Gatwick to Heathrow, since the two airports are treated as one for this purpose. That said, if you take British Airways to Money Claim Online you may get a positive decision – there is no point going to CEDR arbitration as BA is, technically, acting correctly.

British Airways BA A320neo

Some flights may be merged with existing Heathrow departures on the few routes which overlap between Gatwick and Heathrow.

Quite a few of the moved flights are showing as Heathrow Terminal 3, so it will be a bit of a novelty for anyone who has only used the BA facilities in Terminal 5 in the past.

Keep an eye on your seat allocation when you receive the email about your changed flight, although in most cases you will have retained your existing ones.

If there is no slot waiver given for Summer 2022, it seems highly likely that BA will forfeit some of its landing and take off slots at Gatwick. Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL do not have enough slack to take them all up, which will require British Airways to sell them or see them taken away.

It is only four years since BA paid a chunky but undisclosed sum to buy Monarch’s 155 weekly take-off and landing slots at London Gatwick. In retrospect this seems like an odd decision if the Gatwick operation really had been losing money for many years, as British Airways management has claimed.

For clarity, the British Airways long-haul operation at Gatwick is not affected by this decision. Based on previous years, up to 11 Boeing 777 aircraft could be based there during the Summer 2022 season.


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Comments (58)

  • Steve R says:

    Good at least won’t have the pain of the car park

  • ChrisC says:

    Noticed yesterday that BA are severely limiting the options for flights to move to in the App.

    I saw 5 for LHR/LCY to AMS available whereas there are 15 to select from if you are willing to pay cash. The ones available in MMB appear to be on the cheaper flights

    Luckily the flights I wanted were available via the MMB rebook feature otherwise I would have had to call.

    Also the emails I’ve had say the flight has been cancelled and that’s enough to get a refund.

  • Aaron C says:

    I’m hoping they’ll move our January flights to MBJ from LGW to LHR.

    • ChrisC says:

      Very unlikely. BA has been operating most long haul from Gatwick fairly normally.

      These cancellations are for summer next year on short haul routes.

  • Grimz says:

    I am seeing flights to MCO going from GAT but they also have a flight leaving from Heathrow at the same time.

  • Jeff Greene says:

    “ “Some readers report getting 100 points, so I feel badly done by.”

    I can send you a cheque for the cash equivalent if it’ll make you feel better? 1p per avios?

  • Martin says:

    100 points for £1 on Gold card 😂😂

  • Richie says:

    If the destination of the BA Gatwick flight doesn’t move to LHR and is cancelled, is re-routing possible by MMB or is it a call?

  • Blair says:

    Pretty sure the Emirates new first class is on a handful of 777-200s. The 300 will be old first class (still great though some planes still have a smaller less high def screen) and the utterly uncompetitive 2-3-2 biz.

    • DeB20 says:

      No, the new ‘game changer’ First cabin is on their newer B777-300ERs. Most of the B777-200s have refurbished cabins with 2-2-2 in business class and no first.

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