‘Com­plex­ity’ sees air­port lose BA flights

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - HEATHER PICKSTOCK heather.pickstock@reach­plc.com

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.

Nigel Tailby

BA will not op­er­ate flights from Bris­tol Air­port next sum­mer

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