British Airways drops planned transfer of Gatwick routes to CityFlyer


British Airways has abandoned its plan to transfer some of the routes operated by its subsidiary EuroGatwick to its other Gatwick-based subsidiary, Avro RJ100 operator CityFlyer. The proposed transfer met with strenuous opposition from the British Airline Pilot Association (BALPA) — to the annoyance of CityFlyer pilots, who are also BALPA members. The decision puts in question the potential order for additional Avro RJ100s and/or RJXs that CityFlyer had been negotiating. However, the airline says that it is still talking to BAE Systems about an order for “a significant number of additional Avro RJ100s”, partly to replace its remaining ATR42s and partly for new routes, though these will not now come from EuroGatwick. One such route will be an expansion of service to Jersey to six times daily, following the suspension of British Airways own service from Heathrow. CityFlyer currently operates nine RJ100s, with one more scheduled for delivery in June.

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