British Airways pianifica creazione di low cost a LGW.


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3 Agosto 2017
Non ho trovato la notizia sul sito e mi sembra abbastanza importante soprattutto nell'ottica della battaglia tra low costs per gli equilibri sull'aeroporto di LGW (se poi già è stata riportata chiedo venia).
British Airways sta pianificando la creazione di un brand low cost basato all'aeroporto di Londra - Gatwick per competere con le altre low costs. IAG e British Airways stanno negoziando con i sindacati per raggiungere un accordo senza il quale si paventa la possibilità di vendere tutti gli slots a LGW per impossibilità a competere soprattutto con easyJet (grossa presenza a LGW).
O'Leary (Ryanair) ha già dato la sue personale benedizione come "progetto destinato a fallire"...
Tra l'altro i piloti BA di questa ipotetica low cost verrebbero pagati meno di quelli easyjet
(British Airways pilots working for the carrier’s newly-announced subsidiary at Gatwick will reportedly be paid less than pilots at low-cost rival Easyjet).

LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - British Airways' CEO said on Tuesday that negotiations to set up a new low-cost subsidiary at London's second biggest airport Gatwick were "advanced".
"We want to set up a subsidiary which has got a competitive cost platform," BA CEO Sean Doyle told reporters at an event at Heathrow Airport.
"We're in, you know, advanced negotiations to try and enable that."
The airline, owned by Anglo-Spanish group IAG (ICAG.L), first announced plans for the new business focused on short-haul flying on Friday, saying that it would be branded British Airways and would offer the same standard of service.
BA has been evaluating its position at Gatwick after stopping flights there during the pandemic and focusing on operations at its main hub Heathrow, Britain and London's busiest airport.
If negotiations with unions to set up the new unit fail, then Doyle said BA would not be able to compete at Gatwick and could look to sell its slots there.
"We would consider alternatives for the slot portfolio," Doyle said.
Asked if there would be further job losses at BA should the new unit not go ahead, Doyle said that the move was about opportunities. BA axed more than 10,000 staff at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.
Doyle was at Heathrow to launch the airline's BA Better World sustainability programme, providing further details of how the airline plans to make progress towards its parent company's longer term goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
During the global climate summit due to be held in Glasgow later this year, BA said it would buy the equivalent amount of lower-emissions sustainable aviation fuel for its London to Scotland flights.
BA passengers will also have a greater opportunity to offset their carbon footprint by directly paying for sustainable aviation fuel should they wish.

British Airways passengers flying short haul from Gatwick should notice no difference when a new, lower-cost subsidiary is in operation.
BA insists travellers will “continue to benefit from the same full standard of service that they currently receive”.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, BA has grounded all domestic and European flights from Gatwick.
Last week the airline confirmed it is in talks with unions about an independent offshoot – leading to speculation about the likely size and shape of the operation.
Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, dismissed the plan as “doomed to fail”. He said that BA’s previous attempts at low-cost subsidiaries had failed, and questioned why its sister airlines, Aer Lingus and Vueling, were not involved.
Now British Airways has issued a remarkably honest briefing – revealing that its Gatwick short-haul operation was unprofitable over the course of the last decade, even at the peak of flying in 2019.
The statement reads: “Whilst many sectors have now returned to some form of normality, the pandemic continues to have a huge impact on aviation.
“Continuing travel restrictions mean that British Airways is not currently flying any short-haul flights from Gatwick and looking beyond this, we know the competitive environment will be even tougher than it was pre-pandemic.
“Whilst we want to restart flying short-haul from Gatwick, we will only do this if we have a competitive and sustainable operating cost base.”
It is understood that the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) is broadly supportive, and is consulting its members on the plan.
Initially up to 17 Airbus A320 aircraft would be based at Gatwick, with plans to increase the fleet over the next three or four years.
In the summer of 2019, around 25 short-haul planes were deployed at the airport.
The BA announcement makes clear: “From a customer experience perspective the new airline will be British Airways branded.
“Alongside this British Airways is in parallel running a process of evaluating alternatives for the London Gatwick slots.
“We believe that our proposals for an independent subsidiary will enable us to both maintain the British Airways customer experience and be competitive in this environment.”
Before the Covid crisis, BA was the second-largest airline at Gatwick – but a long way behind easyJet, whose main base is at the Sussex airport.
British Airways is currently sharing the North Terminal with easyJet and all other airlines. The South Terminal, where BA is normally based, is likely to remain closed until spring 2022 as a cost-saving measure.
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26 Aprile 2012
E' IMHO la chiusura di un cerchio: cosi' come i servizi below-the-wing di BA sono stati esternalizzati prima a Swissport, poi ad Aviator e infine alla controllata al 100% GGS (Gatwick Ground Services), cosa poi successa anche all'above the wing se non erro, cosi' ora anche il volo verranno passati a una controllata 100%.

Il risultato, parrebbe stando a quelli che conosco dentro BALPA, sarebbe un contratto per piloti che li renderebbe i meno remunerati in UK. Sui contratti dei naviganti non so, perche' gia' i contratti 2011 di LGW sono a livello di quelli di EasyJet e Thomson, e di pre-2011 ne sono rimasti veramente pochini.
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3 Agosto 2017
BALPA (British Airlines Pilots Association), sindacato dei piloti, veramente cazzuto: ha vinto il confronto con British Airways che cede e decide di rinunciare alla low cost da basare a LGW.

British Airways has given up its plans for its low-cost short-haul operations at Gatwick Airport due to pilot unions pushback.
BA was seeking a new approach at LGW to better compete with easyJet and other low-cost carriers.
BALPA and British Airways were unable to agree on a plan for Gatwick Airport.
The airline stated it was disappointed that pilots union BALPA had rejected its plan for the LCC subsidiary, which would have been British Airways branded.
BA will continue to use LGW mainly for domestic flights that connect to its long-haul flights.
The flag carrier will now pursue alternative uses for the London Gatwick airport slots.