Gatwick to Belfast service is busiest domestic route

Latest figures released by the CAA show that the Gatwick to Belfast International service is the UK’s busiest domestic route.

The service, which is operated by both EasyJet and Ryanair, toppled the Heathrow to Edinburgh service from its top spot by more than 1,600 passengers, seeing more than 77,000 passengers fly between Gatwick and Belfast.

Belfast International Airport Managing Director, Graham Keddie, said: “These figures give us cause for celebration.

“These are impressive numbers and we see our performance strengthening as the year progresses. We remain firmly on course for a record year with more that 5.4 million passengers, and that’s down to our airlines and our commitment to do everything we can to expand.”

Germania Skiworld partnership a success

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A new partnership between Germania and winter tour operator Skiworld has been hailed a success after the airline announced it has carried hundreds of winter sports enthusiasts on regular flights between Gawick and Grenoble.

Berlin based airline Germania, which landed at Gatwick in 2013, teamed up with Skiworld, the UK’s largest independent ski operator, in November 2016 and will operate flights to Grenoble on Skiworld’s behalf until the end of the winter season in April.

Sarah Searson, Managing Director of Skiworld, said: “Germania’s top levels of inflight comfort and customer service are the perfect complement to Skiworld’s superb winter holidays. It has been wonderful to see so many of our customers start their year by boarding one of Germania’s jets and heading for the ski slopes near Grenoble. By the end of the current winter sports season, thousands of Skiworld’s customers will have flown with Germania and we anticipate overwhelmingly positive feedback.”

Gatwick gains more Hong Kong flights

Cathay Pacific has today announced it is expanding hits Gatwick to Hong Kong services.

From June 2017, the airline’s four-times-weekly Gatwick to Hong Kong flights, which launched in September, will be increased to a daily service.

Gatwick to Vancouver flights announced

Air Canada has announced it is to operate a three-times-weekly service between Vancouver and Gatwick next summer.

Flights will launch on 8 June 2017 using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft and be operated by Air Canada Rouge on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

This will be the second Gatwick service that Air Canada Rouge will operate next summer, the other being the previously announced Gatwick to Toronto flights.

Gatwick to Xi’an flights announced

Tianjin Airlines has announced it is launching flights to Xi’an, capital of Shanxi Province, next summer.

The Chinese airline, which landed at Gatwick in June, will commence Gatwick to Xi’an flights in May 2017 using an Airbus A330-200 offering 18 business-class and 242 economy-class seats.

The airline is also set to increase its Gatwick to Tianjin-Chongqing flights from twice to three times per week.

BA announces Gatwick to California flights

British Airways is set to go head to head with Norwegian when it launches its Gatwick to Oakland flights next year.

The airline’s first Gatwick to California service will operate four times weekly (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) from 28 March 2017, using a 777-200ER aircraft.

Norwegian launches Gatwick to Iceland flights

Irrespective of the Government’s runway decision, Norwegian is standing by Gatwick with the launch of flights to Reykjavik.

The low-cost airline’s latest offering: a three-times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) service to Iceland begins next Tuesday, 1 November.

In addition to the new Iceland service, Norwegian’s Gatwick to Puerto Rico flights are set to return next Wednesday, 2 November, operating throughout the winter until 30 April 2017.

Norwegian launches two new Gatwick destinations

Norwegian has announced the launch of two new services from Gatwick to Iceland and Lapland this winter.

Flights to Keflavik, Iceland will begin on 30 October, operating three times per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) throughout the winter.

Flights to Rovaniemi, Lapland’s capital will commence on 19 December, operating twice a week (Mondays and Fridays).

In addition to the two new destinations, Norwegian has also announced increased winter services to Lanzarote, Tenerife, Tromso and Grenoble.

Gatwick is the European aiport with the most new long-haul destinations

Business is booming at Gatwick Airport. Not only has the airport seen more than 41 million passengers pass through its terminals in the last 12 months, the airport has been officially recognised by anna.aero as the ‘European airport with the most new long-haul routes’.

Anna.aero compared long-haul destinations at several airports in August 2015 with those due to operate in August 2016 and found that Gatwick topped the list with 11 new routes launched in the last 12 months.

The new services are:

  1. Boston, USA  –  Norwegian Airlines
  2. Cayo Coco, Cuba  –  Thomas Cook Airlines
  3. Chongqing, China – Tianjin Airlines
  4. Edmonton – WestJet
  5. Holguin, Cuba  – Thomas Cook Airlines
  6. Lima, Peru  – British Airways
  7. Liberia, Costa Rica, Thomson Airways
  8. San Francisco Oakland, USA  – Norwegian Airlines
  9. San Jose, Costa Rica  – British Airways
  10. Winnipeg, Canada – WestJet
  11. Varadero, Cuba – Thomson Airways

Gatwick to La Palma flights announced

easyJet is to commence flights to La Palma from Gatwick later this year.

The flights, to the most north-westerly Canary Island will begin on 1 October, operating twice weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) until 27 March 2017