London Air Travel reports that Airport Co-ordination Limited, the company which oversees slot ownership at UK airport, has published the slot leases at London Gatwick that British Airways has put in place for Summer 2022.
We already knew that British Airways had agreed to lend slots to both easyJet and its sister airline Vueling, but we didn’t know how many.
It turns out that easyJet has received 230 weekly slots at Gatwick which gets you an average of 16 return flights per day. Vueling has received an additional 118 slots, enough for eight return flights per day.
This loan is only for the Summer season, which ends on 24th October. The slots will return to British Airways for Summer 2023.
Under the ’70/30′ rules in place this Summer, British Airways has to fly each slot it owns on 70% of days. If it fails to do this, the slot is permanently forfeited and will be given, for free, to another airline. Given its own restricted Gatwick schedule this Summer, the only way for BA to retain these slots is to let other airlines fly them.
The same rules apply at Heathrow. I know from discussions we have had with airlines recently that the 70/30 rule is proving to be a real issue. Many overseas airlines have no hope of using their slots for 70% of the time this Summer, and airlines are not queuing up to run Heathrow flights at short notice. If Loganair, Eastern or similar suddenly announce Heathrow services, it is likely that they are being paid to run flights to protect slots on behalf of another carrier.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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