Airline and Airport Announcements
It has been a busy November at Gatwick Airport so we thought we would share some of the news and flight announcements made this month.
Gatwick Airport in autism first
Gatwick Airport has become the UK's first Autism-Friendly airport after being awarded the National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award.
Record-breaking passenger numbers at Gatwick
A record-breaking 3.9 million passengers passed through Gatwick Airport in October, 7.1% more than October 2015.
The increase in numbers was helped by a 33% increase in long-haul traffic: including flights to North Atlantic destinations which saw a 44.4% increase last month, while domestic passenger numbers rose by 6.4%.
Helping to boost passenger numbers in October was the launch of Norwegian’s flights to Las Vegas.
Aeroflot launched its Gatwick to Moscow service this November.
The Russian-based airline commenced its daily service to Moscow Sheremetyevo on 16 November.
Air Canada is set to launch Gatwick to Vancouver flights next summer.
The airline's three-times-weekly service (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) will commence on 8 June 2017 using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft operated by Air Canada Rouge.
Air Canada Rouge will also operate Gatwick to Toronto flights next summer.
In direct competition with Norwegian, British Airways will launch its own Gatwick to Oakland flights next year.
BA’s four-times-weekly flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 28 March 2017.
BA has also announced it will begin operating Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale flights from 6 July 17 - yet another destination operated by low-cost airline Norwegian.
Norwegian has revealed it will offer its premium passengers free lounge access at Oakland International Airport (OAK) to complement the passengers’ free access to No1 Lounges at Gatwick.
Chinese airline Tianjin Airlines is launching Gatwick flights to Xi’an, capital of Shanxi Province, in May 2017.
The airline launched its first UK flights from Gatwick in June and is set to increase its Gatwick to Tianjin-Chongqing flights from twice to three times per week in the summer.