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.

Tianjin Airlines to make UK debut at Gatwick

We could see Tianjin Airlines launch its first ever UK flights in June.

Airlineroute.net has reported the airline will make its UK debut with a twice-weekly service between Tianjin and London Gatwick via Chongqing.

Flights will commence on 25 June 2016 using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft

Gatwick to Crete flights announced

There’s now even more choice of destinations for Gatwick fliers thanks to budget-airline Norwegian.

The airline has announced it will launch flights to Chania in Crete – Norwegian’s fifth European route. Flights will operate three times per week from 28 April using a 186-seat Boeing 737-800.

Norwegian’s Gatwick to Oakland-San Francisco flights will launch on 12 May.

WestJet extends Gatwick to Canada services

There’s great news for travellers wishing to fly to Canada: WestJet has announced it’s extending its seasonal flights to year round.

The airline’s Gatwick services to Calgary will now operate three times per week all year, and its daily Gatwick flights to Toronto will also operate year round.

Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development said, “Year-round service to and from Europe on board our fleet of Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft offers our business and leisure guests the opportunity to take advantage of our low fares, high value and remarkable guest experience on both sides of the Atlantic whenever it suits their schedule.”

WestJet offers six destinations from Gatwick:

  • Vancouver – a seasonal service from 6 May until 21 October 2016
  • Calgary – year-round flights from 6 May 2016
  • Edmonton – seasonal flights from 7 May until 22 October 2016
  • Winnipeg – seasonal service from 7 May until 1 October 2016
  • Toronto – year-round flights from 6 May 2016
  • St. John’s – seasonal service from 7 May until 22 October 2016.

Gatwick to San Francisco flights announced

Norwegian Air 787 Dreamliner via norwegian.com

Low-cost airline Norwegian has announced another US destination from Gatwick Airport.

The airline will begin flying to San Francisco on 12 May 2016. Flights will operate three times per week (Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays) to San Francisco Oakland Airport.

This will be Norwegian’s seventh US and Caribbean destination from Gatwick – the airline currently operates flights to New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Puerto Rico, Boston flights are due to launch in March, two months earlier than scheduled.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “Launching the UK’s cheapest flight to San Francisco is a great addition as our low-cost transatlantic plans continue to grow. From the East Coast to the West Coast, our ground-breaking flights are creating a new market for low-cost travel to America. We look forward to adding San Francisco to our network from London Gatwick as we continue our exciting plans for UK growth.”

Gatwick to Hong Kong flights announced

Cathay Pacific 747-8f air to air

After weeks of speculation, Cathay Pacific has announced the introduction of its Gatwick to Hong Kong service.

Subject to government approval, the airline will launch a four-times-weekly service (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) on 2 September 2016 using a brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three-class configuration: Business, Premium Economy and Economy.

The new Gatwick service will complement the airline’s five-times-daily service from Heathrow Airport, and see Cathay operate a total of 39 flights a week between Hong Kong and London

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “Cathay Pacific has been serving London for 35 years and our commitment to the UK market is very strong. We are delighted to launch a non-stop service to Gatwick, using our new state-of-the-art A350 aircraft, which will help meet increasing demand for both business and leisure travel between the Asia Pacific region and the UK. These additional flights to London will provide our passengers with greater choice and flexibility and, at the same time, continue to boost Hong Kong’s standing as an international aviation hub.”

Aer Lingus to axe Gatwick to Belfast flights

Aer Lingus is set to axe Gatwick to Belfast City flights from next March, the BBC reports.

The last flight will operate on 27 March 2016, however, there is speculation that Ryanair may step in to breach the gap with a possible service to Gatwick from Belfast International.

Gatwick to Trinidad flights set to end

Caribbean Airlines is scrapping its Gatwick to Trinidad flights.

The flights will end on 10 January 2016, three years after they first started.

easyJet increases Gatwick to Inverness flights

easyJet is set to increase flights between Gatwick and Inverness from next spring.

The airline, which currently operates two flights per day on the route, will add a third flight on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays from 27 March 2016.

WestJet unveils six new Canadian destinations

Canadian airline WestJet has announced its summer 2016 flight programme which includes six new Canadian destinations from Gatwick.

The new Gatwick services will operate to Alberta, Calgary, St John’s, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

In June WestJet announced it would launch flights from Gatwick to Canada, however, at the time of the announcement no details were given of destinations or frequencies.