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easyJet says BA should let go of slots at Gatwick airport.

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easyJet, a British low-cost carrier, has claimed that British Airways (BA) should be forced to vacate slots at London-Gatwick airport if it is going to pursue alliances with other international carriers.

It has been reported that BA is attempting to strengthen ties with both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and American Airlines. A statement released by easyJet on Monday (11 June) said, 'If BA wants to pursue any of its alliances further, it should be forced to hand over slots at Gatwick to airlines which are prepared to offer greater choice for the consumer,' Reuters reported. easyJet has claimed that BA has more than 65% of the slots at Gatwick, a figure that BA denied.

BA and KLM have also both denied that merger talks have recommenced between the two carriers. A spokesperson for BA stated, 'The whole thing is based on false premises. We are not talking to KLM about a merger and secondly, we, including our subsidiaries, do not have 65% of the slots at Gatwick. We only have 40%.'

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