‘Complexity’ sees airport lose BA flights
BRITISH Airways is cancelling its flights out of Bristol Airport next year – after failing to make the routes financially viable.
This year the airline has operated five flights a week from Bristol with one flight a week to Florence, Palma and Ibiza and two flights to Malaga in its summer-only routes.
The flights started operating from May last year and will cease operation at the end of October when the airline completes its summer schedule.
BA chiefs said the decision was down to operational reasons and the fact it had no crew base at Bristol.
They added that the airline had been unable to make the routes financially successful over two summers.
British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer Luke Hayhoe said: “British Airways is not re-starting its summer-only flights from Bristol and Birmingham air- ports next year for commercial and operational reasons.
“When we re-commenced seasonal flights from these two regional airports in May last year we did say we would continue to evaluate and review our schedules.
“We have decided not to resume flights from Birmingham and Bristol next summer due to the complexity and cost of operating from airports where we have no crew bases.
“This doesn’t mean we are withdrawing from these airports permanently. We will continue to review alternative ways of operating from both Bristol and Birmingham airports in the future.”
Passengers who have already booked flights for next summer will be offered a full refund.
There will be no job losses as a result of BA cancelling its summer schedule from Bristol.
Bosses at Bristol Airport said the destinations were served by other operators at the airport.
Bristol Airport business development director Nigel Scott said: “Whilst we are disappointed with this decision, we continue to work with British Airways looking at route opportunities in the future returning to Bristol.
“In the meantime the destinations previously operated by British Airways are served by other airlines from Bristol Airport so passengers are able to continue flying to these destinations from their local airport.”
No other BA flights operate out of Bristol.
The return of the BA summer flights in May 2017 followed a 10 year gap away from Bristol Airport by the airline.
British Airways last flew from Bristol in 2007 when the regional airline business was sold to Flybe.
BA will not operate flights from Bristol Airport next summer