Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale flights announced

British Airways has announced the launch of a new Gatwick service to Fort Lauderdale, the airline’s third Florida route from Gatwick.

The new Gatwick flights will commence on 6 July 2017, operating three times per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) using a 777-200 aircraft. During the peak summer season, a four-times-weekly service will operate.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial for Gatwick, said: “British Airways will now serve four Florida gateways, offering more seats from London to the sunshine state than any other carrier. It’s a city that boasts beautiful beaches, Venice-like waterways, an international yachting scene and world-class restaurants, and is also within easy reach of Miami, so customers can visit both destinations as part of a trip to the sunshine state.

“More than 2.8 million international visitors head to Fort Lauderdale every year and we are confident this route will be a big hit with British tourists, especially with each way fares from £189 per person which includes a generous complimentary baggage allowance and free food, drink and entertainment.”

BA and AirPortr offer new luggage service

British Airways has teamed up with AirPortr to transport passengers’ luggage to Gatwick.

The new service, AirPortr Plus Bag Check-In, offers BA passengers the option to have their checked-in bags collected from their home or office, transported to Gatwick and checked-in on their behalf, at a fee.

This service can be booked online and will available from 26 October at Gatwick, Heathrow and London City airports.

Passengers need to check in for their BA flight before luggage collection and have their passports and boarding passes ready for verification at the pick-up address.

Gatwick to Moscow flights announced

One of the world’s oldest airlines, Aeroflot, it set to launch Gatwick to Moscow flights next month – one of 20 new long-haul destinations to be launched from Gatwick this year.

Commencing on 15 November 2016, the airline will offer daily flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Flights will depart Gatwick at 16:10 (17:00 on Sundays), arriving in Moscow at 22:50 (23:40 on Sundays) – all local times.

Russia was voted the 2015 World’s most visited destination, in terms of international travelers, by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, so these flights are expected to be extremely popular.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Commercial Officer Guy Stephenson said: “Moscow is a fantastic new addition to Gatwick’s route network joining an impressive line-up of new destinations from Gatwick, including China, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, Nigeria, South Africa and the United States.”

Gatwick to Moscow flights were previously operated by EasyJet, however, this serviced ceased in March 2016.

Aeroflot is also increasing its number of Moscow flights from Heathrow this winter.

easyJet launches spring 2017 flights

easyJet has launched it spring 2017 flights, including flights for Easter and May half-term.

With a record number of flights and destinations on offer, it’s great news for passengers.

Included in the spring launch of more than 138,780 flights, are Gatwick flights to Belfast, starting at £28.49, based on a two-person one-way booking.

easyJet has bases at 11 UK airports offering flights to more than 830 destinations on its network across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

TAP increases Gatwick winter flights

Portuguese airline TAP is increasing its Gatwick to Portugal flights this winter.

From 30 October, the airline will operate 14 weekly flights to Porto (up from 12), and Gatwick to Lisbon flights will increase by five per week to 12.

Flybe faces boycott threats on Gatwick to Newquay service

It may claim to be “faster than road and rail” but passengers on the London to Newquay route would dispute that. So much so that they’re threatening to boycott the service after months of delays, the West Briton reports.

Customers claim the evening service from Gatwick to Cornwall has been regularly delayed by as much as three hours.

Norwegian opens UK headquarters at Gatwick

Norwegian has opened its new UK headquarters at Gatwick Airport, the low-cost airline’s first base outside Norway.

The airline has become Gatwick’s third largest airline, after British Airways and EasyJet, handling 3.9 million passengers per year, and more than 700 pilots, cabin crew and staff working from its Gatwick base.

Asgeir Nyseth, CEO at Norwegian UK said: “This is an exciting new milestone in Norwegian’s pursuit of substantial growth across the UK. Our new UK headquarters symbolises our commitment to this hugely important strategic market, and it allows us to grow steadily in an engaging work environment. That said, we intend to continue capturing the hearts of UK consumers through unmatched service, brand new aircraft and direct routes to the most exciting destinations – all at affordable fares.”

Ryanair cuts baggage fees

As part of its ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, Ryanair has reduced it checked-in baggage fees.

An estimated 92% of Ryanair’s 116m customers will save money thanks to the simplified baggage fee structure, down from 108 to 6 options.

For customers on domestic flights, fees for a 15kg bag will be reduced by 50%, from €30 to €15, those with a 20kg bag will pay €25, down from €40.

Passengers on flights of less than three hours will see a 17% reduction in fees for a 15kg bag (€25, down from €30), those with a 20kg bag will now pay €35, previously €40.

Baggage fees for flights of more than three hours will remain the same: €40 for 15kg and €50 for 20kg.

Ryanair’s new pricing structure came into effect on 2 June.

easyJet 30-minute deadline imposed at Gatwick

Watch out if you’re an EasyJet customer flying from Gatwick.

The airline is imposing a strict time limit for passengers arriving at their gate to ensure that flights depart on time.

All passengers must be at the gate no later than 30 minutes prior to departure, otherwise they will be forced to abandon their flight plans or pay £80 to be booked on an alternative flight.

British Airways currently operates a similar policy at Heathrow’s T3 and T5.

Wizz Air lands at Gatwick

Wizz Air has today announced the launch of flights between Gatwick and Bucharest – Gatwick’s only direct connection to the city.

Gatwick flights to the Romanian capital will begin on 18 June and operate daily.

Wizz Air currently operated three flights per day to Bucharest from London Luton Airport.