Gatwick news March 2016

There's plenty of good news for Gatwick this month:

36 consecutive months of passenger growth
Gatwick passenger numbers continue to grow with the announcement that the airport experienced its busiest ever February. 

2.7 million passengers passed through the airport in February – a 9% increase on the same month last year and meaning Gatwick has seen 36 months of consecutive passenger growth.

20 new long-haul destinations
Gatwick is set to get 20 new long-haul destinations this year bringing it into the premier league of European airports that fly to more than 50 long-haul destinations, according to its CEO, Stewart Wingate.

Gatwick’s 20 new long haul routes this year will be:

  • New York, USA (British Airways)
  • Lima, Peru (British Airways)
  • San Jose, Costa Rica (British Airways)
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific)
  • Boston, USA (Norwegian)
  • Oakland, USA (Norwegian)
  • Toronto, Canada (West Jet)
  • Saint Johns, Canada (West Jet)
  • Vancouver, Canada (West Jet)
  • Calgary, Canada (West Jet)
  • Edmonton, Canada (West Jet)
  • Winnipeg, Canada (West Jet)
  • Toronto, Canada (Air Canada)
  • Orlanda, USA (Thomas Cook)
  • Cayo Coco, Cuba (Thomas Cook)
  • Liberia, Costa Rica (Thomson)
  • Varadero, Cuba (Thomson)
  • Columbo, Sri Lanka (Thomson)
  • Freetown, Sierra Leone (Fly Salone)
  • Lagos, Nigeria (Air Via).

British Airways
BA is set to launch flights to Cape Town from Gatwick this autumn.

A three-times-weekly service will commence on 24 November, departing from Gatwick at 18:00 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Cape Town the following morning.

BA is launching three other long-haul destinations this year from Gatwick:

  • Costa Rica flights will launch on 27 April
  • New York JFK flights will commence on 1 May
  • Lima, Peru, flights will start on 4 May.

Monarch has announced the launch of five new winter destinations from Gatwick.

The airline will operate flights to Almeria, Gibraltar, Grand Canaria and Kittila in Finland for the 2016-17 winter season and also extend its Gatwick to Lisbon service through the winter.

Norwegian has announced its Gatwick to San Juan flights will return this winter.

The flights, which are the UK’s only direct service to Puerto Rico, will commence on 2 November.

Due to popularity, the airline will be increasing the service's capacity by 18% with the introducition of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the service.

Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, said: “With our 787 Dreamliners flying nearly full it’s no surprise Puerto Rico is back by popular demand.

“This coveted route is the cheapest gateway to the Caribbean and nearly 25,000 British holidaymakers have taken advantage of our affordable flights in comfortable brand new aircraft.

Pegasus Airlines
Pegasus Airlines’ flights to Azerbaijan’s Gabala took off on 18 March. The three-times-weekly service (Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) operates via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen.