When British Airways relaunched short haul flights from London Gatwick in March 2022, there were major changes.
It was decided that Gatwick short haul flights would be undertaken by a brand new airline. Whilst it would look and feel like ‘mainline’ British Airways flights from Heathrow, it would be a totally separate entity behind the scenes.
The only way that the airline could successfully compete with easyJet and Wizz Air at Gatwick, it was felt, was if it could hire its own pilots and crew on its own terms (ie for less).
Whilst the new airline was announced and a new management team hired – headed initially by Tom Stoddart, who also runs BA CityFlyer which operates at City Airport – it wasn’t legally operational. For Summer 2022, flights were still being operated by British Airways.
This will now change. BA Euroflyer has just received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
With the licensing in place, aircraft, flight crew and cabin crew can be transferred over to the new company, which has its offices at Gatwick.
BA Euroflyer will receive 10 Airbus A320s and nine Airbus A321s from British Airways over the next six months.
Long haul flights from Gatwick will continue to be operated by British Airways itself. Domestic flights into Gatwick will also continue to be operated by British Airways, not BA Euroflyer, with aircraft and crew flying Heathrow – XXXXX – Gatwick – XXXXX – Heathrow in one rotation.
There are no changes to how you earn or redeem Avios on BA Euroflyer, and the existing lounge complex remains. Catering is supplied by a different company at Gatwick but this has been the case for many years. Nothing should change for you as a passenger.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 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.