Yes, but they would have been travelling on BA for a long time (before EZY started routes from Gatwick), so they wouldn't mind sending them on a 'higher class' airline, because they would have been doing just that before EZY opened up that route
No thats not quite accurate.
In the past they went BA
because there was no option. Now that option is there. In the past (pre 9/11) the corporations were making money. Now few of them are. The industry is much more cost conscious - if BA
is £400 at 1200 and U2
is £150 25 mins later, they will in most cases be forced (by way of company policy) to go by the cheapest method. The logic being its cheaper to book the EasyJet option and change it 10 times before even coming close to the cost of the BA
Even to the further edges of Europe, company polices sometimes insist the traveller flies on an indirect route if the cost is much lower and the total time from A to B is increased only by a couple of hours. For example BA
charge around £740 LON-MOW on a fully flex economy ticket. OK
charge £496 for the same journey with a plane change in PRG
. The whole trip lasts around an hour longer. The company makes the traveller take the cheapest option.
Of course I'm basing this on intra-european routes, long haul is a different matter. ANd I know some corporations allow the traveller to fly on whoever they want, but these are very much the exception to the rule.
Debate is what you put on de hook when you want to catch de fish.