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British Airways Gatwick news: Amsterdam dropped, Cityflyer launches Chambery flights

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British Airways Gatwick news in brief:

BA Cityflyer launches flights from London Gatwick

Here’s a weird one – BA Cityflyer, the subsidiary which operates Embraer 190 services from London City Airport, is trialling a flight from London Gatwick.

Back in the old days this would have led to an immediate strike by Gatwick pilots who would see their terms being threatened by lower paid pilots from Cityflyer. Those days are gone given the new low cost T&C for pilots and crew at Gatwick, although I doubt BA would try this move at Heathrow.

The new route is to Chambery, for the ski season.

There will be one flight per week on a Saturday, starting on 14th December. The last flight will be on 19th April.

Flights will leave Gatwick at 12.50, arriving in Chambery at 15.30. The return leaves Chambery at 11.25, arriving into Gatwick at 12.05.

(I know these times sound wrong, but they are not. It is a ‘W’ formation, flying from London City to Chambery, back to Gatwick, back to Chambery and then back to London Stansted.)

Flights are bookable now for cash or Avios at ba.com.

If this route succeeds, we may see – subject to slot availability – more Gatwick flights with Cityflyer over the weekend, with Edinburgh and Southampton being cut back. As a reminder, BA needs to find a use for its Embraer 190 fleet at City Airport over the weekend when the airport is closed for 24 hours.

Hat-tip to @SeanM1997 on X.

BA Cityflyer launches flights from London Gatwick to Chambery

British Airways to drop Amsterdam flights from Gatwick

British Airways appears to be dropping its two daily flights from London Gatwick to Amsterdam.

Flights have disappeared from ba.com from the start of the winter flying season on 27th October. They do not reappear in late March for the summer 2025 flying season either.

There are still 15 daily flights on BA from Heathrow and London City Airport.

This seems a slightly odd move given that there are no direct Eurostar services from Amsterdam to London St Pancras until early 2025 due to station building work, which will undoubtedly push more people onto flights.


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Comments (24)

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  • Ironside says:

    One the one hand, more flights to the Alps which don’t involve GVA can only be a good thing.
    On the other, CMF can barely cope with the winter traffic it already has.
    If I were flying through there, I’d be making contingency plans.

  • Rizz says:

    “ (I know these times sound wrong, but they are not. It is a ‘W’ formation, flying from London City to Chambery, back to Gatwick, back to Chambery and then back to London Stansted.)”

    So there are two flights in each direction in total?

    • Rob says:

      No. One flight. Starts at City, ends at Stansted, does at Chambery in between.

  • James C says:

    Is this Gatwick to Chambery service instead of Southampton to Chambery? Last winter BA were running SOU-CMF and return on Saturdays and Sundays from December to March, which we travelled on and seemed well utilised. We’ve gone to book for next winter from SOU – initially it was showing as Saturdays only for next winter but now nothing at all. Looks like BA won’t have anything from SOU for the 24/25 winter season.

    • Rob says:

      There is a rumour that the Southampton and Edinburgh services have been dropped to be replaced by Stansted and Gatwick flights.

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