BA to drop Gatwick-Manchester route

British Airways is to drop its Gatwick-Manchester service from March next year.

The carrier flies up to three-times daily to Manchester from the south London airport, but says it will withdraw from the route from March 31, 2013.

The cuts will not affect BA’s flights to Manchester from Heathrow, which will be retained with up to 11 return services per day. British Airways is currently the only carrier flying between London and Manchester, since Bmi’s mainline services were integrated into BA’s operations at Heathrow.

In a statement the carrier said:

British Airways retains a strong presence in Manchester where it currently employs over 400 staff at the airport, at the airline’s call centre and BA CityFlyer head office in Didsbury.

“In addition to the Heathrow flights, there are two flights a day to Billund and two to Gothenberg that fly in British Airways colours from Manchester, operated by franchise partner SunAir.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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  • chrisknowles

    Not a big suprise, a disgrace to call them a national carrier should be British Southern Airways!

  • Leebo76

    Fingers crossed EZY open up the route, even though they don’t offer seemless connections, it would open up a lot of cheap routes for MAN pax.

  • ConstantFlyer1

    Open door for flybe, too.

  • David61

    London Airways strike again.They truly are a national disgrace.

  • gr7base

    A major disappointment since the price of the morning LHR -Man flights can be outrageously high. Also a major problem for all those manchester and away fans who take a high proportion of the LGW – Man morning flight seats on Saturdays. More morning capacity at weekends to manchester now required from LHR at affordable prices, of course.

  • Frequent-GTW-MAN-flyer

    Big disappointment. I am a frequent flyer on this route as we have offices in Manchester & Brighton. This route allowed me to get to Manchester & back easily in a day.

    Now it’s back to the dark ages – trains & hotels 🙁

    I really hope another carrier picks up thus route.

  • GudFella

    This is a bit of a speculative question.

    Any one know whether any airlines have any plan to introduce this route again?