London Gatwick was poised to grow in 2020. Then COVID-19 hit. EasyJet suspended all flights and now British Airways has followed.
With the United Kingdom encouraging citizens to avoid all non-essential travel and travel demand greatly depressed due to COVID-19, British Airways is suspending all service to London Gatwick.
Citing “unprecedented circumstances”, British Airways left staff know via email of the policy decision. A public statement simply read:
“Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick.”
British Airways will continue to fly a vastly reduced schedule to London Heathrow. Service to London City has also been suspended.
Will Aid Come?
While Virgin Atlantic has actively courted state aid, British Airways has remained steadfast in opposition to it, not so much because it would turn down a taxpayer handout, but because it believes is can emerge stronger if Virgin does NOT receive a bailout and goes under.
If your flight from London Gatwick has been cancelled, British Airways will reach out to you for rebooking options. If time is of the essence, you can reach out to British Airways via call center or social media, but BA announced it would contact all impacted passengers to “discuss their options”. Remember, if your flight is cancelled you don’t need to accept a voucher and can push hard for a refund.