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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ryanair Chief Govt Michael O’Leary gave a downbeat evaluation of the short-haul subsidiary British Airways might create, questioning particularly its selection of London’s Gatwick airport as a hub.
The Wall Road Journal reported final week that British Airways, owned by London-listed IAG (LON:), was contemplating folding its short-haul operations at Gatwick into a brand new unit. The corporate mentioned it was engaged on choices for the operations to curb prices, however didn’t specify what its proposals had been.
O’Leary, talking in Brussels on Tuesday to announce the launch of latest winter routes from Belgium, instructed a information convention he didn’t maintain out a lot hope for what he described as British Airways’ umpteenth go at making a low-cost service.
“If you happen to had been going to open up a low-cost service, the one airport in London you would not go to could be Gatwick,” he mentioned, including it was London’s second costliest airport.
“If you are going to open up a low-cost service, you’d go to Stansted or Luton or Southend, which has a number of low cost, low-cost and underused services,” he mentioned.
O’Leary mentioned the corporate would fare higher pocketing some huge cash by promoting Gatwick slots to the likes of Wizz Air or easyJet (LON:).
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