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Frills cast aside as easyJet integrates GB Airways

Former British Airways (BA) franchise partner GB Airways has now been integrated into easyJet's operations.

Former British Airways (BA) franchise partner GB Airways has now been integrated into easyJet‘s operations, with many of the carrier’s routes likely to remain intact.

The Gibraltar-founded airline partnered with BA for several years after expanding into a UK base at Gatwick Airport, with easyJet now rebranding GB Airways’ aircrafts and flight routes under its own banner.

Becoming the first airline to be transferred under the new EU Air Operators Certificate, GB Airways’ aircraft were transformed by staff at Gatwick and Manchester over the weekend – and easyJet is now integrating its services into its own operations.

GB Airways flew from Gatwick to many Mediterranean and north African destinations, while Manchester services operated to Heraklion, Innsbruck, Malaga, Malta, Paphos, Salzburg and Tenerife-South.

Heathrow routes were also used under BA, but these were not included in the takeover, leaving the budget airline to convert the rest of GB Airways’ Gatwick and Manchester flights into its own no-frills services.

Allowing budget air travel access to new destinations, the transferral of routes has sparked strong reaction in some quarters, with Air Malta now planning to slash prices to take on the new competition of easyJet-operated flights to the islands.

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