I flew on British Airways’ new ‘low-cost’ flights from Gatwick

BRITISH Airways has launched their new subsidiary flights, just days after they restarted routes from London Gatwick’s South Terminal. 

The airline has announced that they will offer budget flights on the new routes. But how are they any different from their regular flights?

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BA staff welcome guests to board one of their budget flights departing from Gatwick

The airline had previously stated that they would still be operating under British Airways, but would be anonymized. “entirely separate entity”.

While it is still operated as British Airways, it will change its name to BA Euroflyer by autumn. It will link up with the BA CityFlyer.

Sean Doyle, BA’s former CEO, previously stated that the new subsidiary would offer “a wide range of services.” ” a premium service from the UK’s flag carrier at competitive prices”With 35 destinations available for short-haul travel, 

Tickets initially went on sale in December last year, starting from just £39 each way.

I was able to join them on one their first flights from Gatwick, Tenerife South. I quickly realized… nothing had changed.

British Airways spokesperson explained the new routes. “low cost, but not no frills”.

This means that flights will be more affordable, but the airline amenities as well as the service will not change.

To reduce costs, the back-end will be affected such as reduced landing costs, route costs, shared headquarters, and other administrative areas that are not directly customer-facing.

What won’t be trimmed is anything onboard – so the BA flight experience remains exactly the same.

Club Europe is the business class option on short-haul flights. EasyJet and other budget airlines have not included the economy option.

There was nothing new compared to other British Airways flights. The seats were not smaller and the luggage wasn’t as bulky. Food options were the same as before.

Economy passengers received free water, snacks, and seat selection for 24 hours before they flew. Club Europe passengers received a full meal service and preflight premium access.

Even though masks are no longer required for flights to Spain, crew members still require them to be worn onboard. 

Many of those in the crew were old crew members from airlines like Norwegian, TUI or easyJet. However, many of them were new crew.

They were palpably happy to be onboard the flight and made jokes while speaking to passengers.

As with the rest of BA’s short haul fleet, there was no inflight entertainment or charging sockets on the A320 and magazines have yet to return, but I was prepared with a number of downloaded Netflix episodes and portable charger.

Economy passengers received complimentary snacks and water, but you have to prebook and make payment for hot meals. Club Europe guests were treated to butternut squash couscous and braised beef with potato polenta. This was all washed down in a glass Sauvignon Blanc.

The flight wasn’t all smooth sailing – the WiFi was patchy at times, after we were told it can be weaker over water (of which most the flight was) and there were problems with the crew computers needed to take orders in economy.

But by the time I’d watched a few episodes and stuffed my face, it was time to land on the sunny island of Tenerife – none the wiser that I had flown on the new subsidiary of the UK’s flag carrier.

So what’s different about the British Airways low cost, soon-to-be BA EuroFlyer? Well….nothing. You’ll just have some extra pennies to spend on Sangria when you land instead.

Club Europe passengers were given a full meal service, as well as preflight premium check in and lounge access

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Club Europe passengers received a full meal service as well as preflight premium access and lounge access.
Nothing felt out of the ordinary compared to previous British Airways flights - the seats weren't smaller, luggage wasn't trimmed back and the food was the same airline options as usual

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Nothing was different from previous British Airways flights. There were no smaller seats, the luggage was not trimmed back, and there were the same food options as before.Credit to Alamy

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