British Airways has confirmed that the majority of its Gatwick short-haul services will continue to operate from Heathrow until the end of October.

Business Traveller was alerted to the news by this tweet by @LondonAirTravel, which said:

“British Airways will not operate any short haul flights at Gatwick until 30 October 2021. Short haul flights were due to resume at the airport on 30 June.”

BA has subsequently provided Business Traveller with the following statement:

“Until the end of October, most of our short-haul flights will continue to operate from Heathrow. This enables us to ensure a smooth, uninterrupted, and efficient operation across our business at a time when demand is yet to return and international travel restrictions remain in place.

“We’re proactively letting customers know and recommend they check their booking on prior to travel.”

Long-haul flights will continue to operate from the South London airport, as will a domestic service to Glasgow.

BA has been forced to suspend flights from Gatwick on several occasions during the last year, due to plummeting demand and global travel restrictions caused by Covid-19.

In other news, Gatwick will begin charging vehicles using its South Terminal forecourt from Monday April 12.

It follows charges being introduced for the use of its North Terminal forecourt in March – at the time the airport said that the move would provide “a vital new revenue stream for the airport, providing further protection for local jobs as the negative economic impacts of the pandemic continue”.,