British Airways will withdraw services between Guernsey and London Gatwick airport from 16 June 2003. However, the airline has facilitated the continuation of this service by Aurigny Air Services which will commence flying on the route the day after the British Airways’ service ceases.
British Airways’ decision to withdraw from Guernsey has been made because the 66-seater ATR 72 aircraft which operate on the route will be retired and returned to its leasing company this summer.
Martin George, British Airways’ director of marketing and commercial development said: “It is widely known that our service has been under review for a considerable time as a result of changes to the airline’s fleet. We have been looking long and hard at ways to try to maintain our Guernsey/London service but, despite support from the airport and community, regrettably this has not been possible.
“Putting a larger aircraft type on the route is not an option as this would only serve to incur unsustainable losses. Everyone at British Airways understands how disappointing this news is for the government and people of Guernsey but there is simply not enough customer demand to justify using larger aircraft while providing the high frequency of service which business travellers demand.
“We know how important these air links are to the Guernsey community and, since making this decision, we have been very keen to find another airline to take up this route. Naturally, we are delighted that Aurigny will commence flights on 16 June 2003.”
Passengers holding reservations for British Airways’ flights after June 15 will be booked on Aurigny, offered a full refund or booked on another carrier
British Airways operates four daily services between London Gatwick and Guernsey