EasyJet propelled itself into the top spot among Europe's low-cost carriers and consolidated its presence at London Gatwick through the purchase of GB Airways from Bland Group for £103.5 million ($212.1 million) in cash. The deal does not include GB's four London Heathrow slots. This is easyJet's second major airline acquisition; it acquired British Airways' low-fare subsidiary Go Fly in May 2002. GB, formerly Gibraltar Airways, currently operates nine A320s and six A321s under a ...

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