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A ‘no frills’ fare for passengers carrying hand baggage only is being introduced on selected British Airways flights from Gatwick.

The low-cost rates start at £39 one-way to Amsterdam and Turin, £45 to Jersey, £49 for Dubrovnik and £69 to Tunis for flights from February 26.

The discount compared to fares that include a piece of checked-in luggage varies between £9 and £15 depending on the route, BA said.

The move coincides with the transfer from Heathrow of five Airbus A319s for BA’s Gatwick short-haul fleet.

The airline’s Gatwick director Peter Simpson 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