In an attempt to give customers the “kind of flying they want”, British Airways is introducing a ‘hand baggage only’ fare at Gatwick.
The new fare will be available on five selected destinations to start: Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Jersey, Tunis and Turin with tickets from £39 one-way available from 19th February, for travel from 26th February.
Customers choosing this option will be able to carry on a good-sized case (56cm x 45cm x 25cm), plus a handbag or laptop bag. Customers who still wish to check in luggage will also be able to do so, for the same price they pay currently.
Peter Simpson, director of Gatwick for British Airways, said: “The introduction of our hand baggage only fare is all about giving our customers more freedom to choose the kind of flying they want.
“Many British Airways customers on Gatwick short-haul breaks choose not to check in a bag as they’re already taking advantage of our generous two-bag hand luggage policy. Those who still want to check in a bag will simply pay the same price they do now.”
The airline plans to extend the initiative to the rest of the Gatwick short-haul network over time.