British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has regained 12 daily London Heathrow slot pairs from defunct flybe. (BE, Exeter), a filing with Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) said.

The slots, which are to be used for domestic UK services, were released by British Airways in 2012 as a competitive condition for its takeover of bmi british midland (BD, East Midlands). They were initially picked up by Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) for its new domestic subsidiary Little Red. After the failure of this project, flybe. stepped in in 2016.

According to the ACL filing, British Airways plans to use the slots in the Summer 2020 season for the following additional services from Heathrow:

An airline source told the BBC that the carrier could choose to use the slots for services other than to Scotland, indicating that the initial slot swap request is just a tentative measure. The airline remains obligated, however, to release the slots to any competitor willing to launch services to Scotland.

All flights will operate onboard A319-100s.