Gatwick flight and travel news December 2015
Aer Lingus is to scrap its Gatwick to Belfast City flights from next March, however, there are rumours that ryanair could begin operating flights between Gatwick and Belfast International.
Air Malta has added an extra 15 flights between Gatwick and Malta this winter and, from 4 March, the airline will add two additional flights per week to Malta. The extra flights will bring the number of flights the airline operates between the two destination to nine per week.
Subject to government approval, Cathay Pacific will launch flight to Hong Kong on 2 September 2016. Flights will operate four times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) using a brand new Airbus A350-900 in a three-class configuration.
Monarch has announced the launch of flights to Gibraltar from Gatwick. Flights will commence on 1 May 2016 and operate four times per week (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays)
Norwegian is increasing the number of destinations and flights offered from Gatwick:
- Boston - Norwegian’s Gatwick to Boston flights will now commence operations on 27 March 2016. The five-times-weekly service (daily except Tuesdays and Saturdays) was due to start in May but has been brought forward.
- San Francisco - Norwegian has announced its seventh transatlantic route from Gatwick, with the launch of flights to San Francisco. Flights will commence on 12 May 2016 and operate three times per week.
- Los Angeles - Norwegian’s flights to Los Angeles will increase to five per week from 10 May 2016.
Rail engineering works
Beware if you’re planning to travel to Gatwick by train during the festive period.
Engineering works on the rail network will see the severing of some lines which will have a major affect on trains between London and Gatwick.
No direct trains or Gatwick Express services will operate between London and Gatwick from Christmas Eve and Monday 4 January 2016.
Trains will operate from London to East Grinstead where a replacement bus service will take passengers from East Grinstead to Gatwick Airport. Travel to Gatwick will also be possible via trains to Horsham and then a replacement bus service to Gatwick.
Journey times will take between 80 and 90 minutes, instead of the usual 30 minutes.