Gatwick airlines in terminal move

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet are moving terminals in January.

Dates and airline details are as follows:

  • British Airways
    11 January, from this date BA’s 2272/3 New York (JFK) flights will operate from the South Terminal.
    19 January, BA’s 2613/2 Naples services will operate from the South Terminal.
    25 January, all British Airways flights will operate from the South Terminal.
  • easyJet
    From 24 January, all easyJet flights will operate from Gatwick’s North Terminal.
  • Virgin Atlantic
    From 24 January, all Virgin Atlantic flights will operate from the North Terminal.

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.

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.”

Gatwick to Cape Town flights announced

British Airways plane taking off from Gatwick

British Airways has announced the launch of a new service to Cape Town from Gatwick.

The three-times-weekly service will commence on 24 November – flights will depart Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, arriving in Cape Town the following morning.

Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ managing director at Gatwick said: “With its fantastic blend of nature, culture, wildlife and history there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town. Its dramatic coastline, the breath-taking views from Table Mountain and world-renowned vineyards and restaurants make it one of the most popular places in Africa to visit and explore.

“We are incredibly excited to be the only airline to offer direct services from both Gatwick and Heathrow to this hugely popular destination while adding another long haul route to our rapidly growing network.”

Cape Town is the fourth long-haul destination that BA is launching this year from Gatwick – flights to Costa Rica will launch on 27 April, daily flights to New York’s JFK begin on 1 May, and flights to Lima, Peru will start on 4 May.

BA to resume its Gatwick to New York flights

Seven years after it last operated flights between Gatwick and New York, British Airways is set to resume the service.

From 1 May 2016, the airline will operate a daily service using a B777-200 in a three-class configuration.

Air Norwegian currently offers a daily service to New York from Gatwick.

BA’s North Terminal lounge to close

In little over a year’s time British Airways will move all its Gatwick flights to the South Terminal while all easyJet’s flights will operate to and from the North Terminal.

The announcement that BA will operate from the South Terminal and easyJet from the North was made at the beginning of this year.

As part of the preparation for the moves, British Airway’s airport lounge at the North Terminal will close in January 2016.

BA passengers will have access to the No.1 Traveller lounge during the period between January and November 2016 when all BA’s flights will move to the South Terminal.

BA announces Gatwick to Valencia flights

British Airways is set to go head to head with easyJet after announcing it will launch flight to Valencia from Gatwick.

BA’s Valencia flights will commence on 6 November, initially operating four times per week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – increasing to six per week duringthe 2016 summer season.

BA makes changes to baggage allowances

British Airways is rolling out new baggage allowances over the next few weeks.

Hold luggage

From 11 August 2015, passengers purchasing World Traveller (economy) fully flexible Y class fares will only be permitted to check in one free bag with a maximum weight of 23kg. However, if you are travelling after 11 August, but purchased your ticket prior to 11 August, you will be permitted to check in two bags.

So, if you want to fly with two bags, you have until 10 August to book your flights, but do remember to print off your email confirmation / original e-ticket as proof of your baggage allowance.

Cabin baggage

BA is reducing the maximum size of its handbag/laptop bag to 40cm x 30cm x 15cm, however, no change is being made to the main cabin bag size, which remains at no larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

BA reinstates Gatwick to Madeira flights

Gatwick to Madeira flights are back on the map after after British Airways reinstated its flights to Funchal.

The airline is currently operating three flights per week, which will increase to five from June, reducing to four per week for the winter season.

Gatwick to Vienna flights announced

British Airways is set to launch Gatwick flights to Vienna later this year.

From 17 September, the airline will operate six flights per week (Monday to Fridays and Sundays) using an A320 aircraft.

BA’s Gatwick to Vienna service will be reduced to four times per week (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) in October.