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Lack of business passengers sees BA axe Gatwick – New York route

British Airways will axe its Gatwick to New York flights just a year after it launched the service, the airline announced yesterday. The route was being cut from October 25 'due to the economic climate' - its first and business class cabins are not generating enough money to justify the flights.

The service was only launched in October 2008. A BA spokesman said the airline will launch all business class flights between New York and London City airport for the first time this autumn, and will also continue its nine-times-a-day Heathrow - New York services.

The airline also said that it will launch flights to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean for the first time. BA will start a three-times-weekly service between Gatwick and Male in the Maldives from October

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BA prepare to increase Barbados flights

British Airways is about to boost its service between Gatwick and Barbados to ten flights a week. The new schedule is to start later this month, when the airline launches its winter flights on October 28, 2009.

BA will operate the flights using aircraft with four cabins, including First, reflecting the breadth of visitors the route attracts. Barbados is the only Caribbean island to which BA flies a four cabin Boeing 777 aircraft with First Class, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller seats.

The flights, which will continue throughout 2010, will significantly increase BAs capacity, while also allowing potential visitors to the island more flexibility on both the outbound and return flights.

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BA axe Gatwick – Egypt route due to ‘current market conditions’

British Airways will 'suspend' its flights between Gatwick and Sharm El Sheikh from the start of May, blaming ‘current market conditions and current levels of expected demand for the summer’. The three-times weekly service will stop in May 2, leaving just easyJet serving the holiday resort with scheduled flights - from both Gatwick and Luton.

A spokesman for BA said: ‘We have taken the decision to suspend our flights to Sharm El Sheikh from May 2. Based on current market conditions and current levels of expected demand for the summer, a Boeing 777 with 280 seats is not the right aircraft for Sharm-El-Sheikh. Unfortunately we do not have a short term [we assume they mean smaller plane] solution for this route for the summer and have taken the decision to suspend our flights.’

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BA unveil new Gatwick home

British Airways has officially opened a new high-tech Gatwick home, with millions of customers set to benefit from the improved facilities. The new £73 million extension to Gatwick’s North Terminal will be home to all BA flights at Gatwick. It is designed to give passengers more control of their journey, as well as providing an innovative travelling experience using the most advanced technology and a new approach to customer service.

Over four and a half million passengers fly on BA flights to and from Gatwick every year to 45 domestic, European and long haul destinations. The new base allows BA's passengers to do more for themselves, from checking-in and choosing seats to printing their own bag tags.

Every aspect of the travel experience has been carefully considered to make the customer experience quick, smooth, simple and stress-free. And in recognition of the airline’s investment in new technology at Gatwick, IATA has awarded BA a ‘Gold’ award. This is the first time a UK-based airline has received the award and is only the second time that it has been given to any airline in the world.

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British Airways Announce High Rolling Route from Gatwick to Vegas

British Airways is launching another new high rolling route from Gatwick with the start of flights to Las Vegas from October 29 2012.

The three-times-a-week service will be operated by a three-class Boeing 777 offering a premium Club World cabin with fully flat beds.

The new Gatwick route offers more choice and frequency from London airports. Together with the Heathrow service British Airways will operate 10 flights a week to Las Vegas.

Colm Lacy, British Airways' head of commercial Gatwick, said: "Las Vegas has proved to be an incredibly popular year-round destination from Heathrow so we are delighted to now be able to offer the route from Gatwick as well.

"This is the kind of destination our leisure customers at Gatwick are looking for and it will complement our existing USA and longhaul leisure network."

Customers can book holidays in Las Vegas for less by booking their flights, hotels and experiences together. Home to sumptuous spas, luxury hotels and many excellent attractions, Las Vegas is the perfect place to enjoy luxury holidays.

British Airways has a wide range of top hotels in Las Vegas on the strip available, from the three-star Riviera Hotel and Casino which has just completed a multi million dollar renovation to the famous and luxurious Bellagio. The five-star hotel treats guests to sweeping views of the magnificent lake and classical gardens while five-star The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino recreates the glory of Venice and has suites nearly twice the size as a typical Las Vegas hotel room. The five-star Aria Resort and Casino, located in the heart of the City Centre, combines architecture with sustainable design and five-star The Wynn Resort Las Vegas provides gastronomic options for every taste.

Las Vegas is a hotspot of activity out in the Nevada desert. Customers looking for things to do in Las Vegas as an alternative to the casinos and shows will not be disappointed by amazing helicopter rides over the Las



Vegas Strip or the Grand Canyon or visiting the impressive Hoover Dam, built during the Great Depression.

Bookings for flights from London Gatwick to Las Vegas can be made now at ba.com.

About British Airways:

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BA are adding a 4th 3 class 772 to LGW with a new 3x weekly route to Cape Town. Going up against TCX now as well as Norwegian.

BA0264 LGW 18.00 CPT 07.50 146 B772

BA0265 CPT 19.10 LGW 05.05 257 B772
 
Norwegian fly to Cape Town? Could be an interesting potential route if they start long haul from the regions. I've always wanted Thomson to try flights to South Africa.
 
Norwegian don't fly to Cape Town but they have mentioned South Africa.

BA have bought back New York though up against Norwegian.
 
More competition for Norwegian – new route to Oakland
British Airways today (01NOV16) announced planned new service launch between London Gatwick and California, with the launch of London Gatwick – Oakland route. From 28MAR17, the airline’s 3-class Boeing 777-200ER aircraft will operate this route 4 times a week.

BA2279 LGW1020 – 1315OAK 777 146
BA2279 LGW1125 – 1420OAK 777 2

BA2278 OAK1505 – 0925+1LGW 777 146
BA2278 OAK1610 – 1030+1LGW 777 2

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/269634/british-airways-adds-oakland-service-in-s17/
 
From our Worldwide Airline Forum, British Airways is to introduce a new 10 seat configuration to add an extra 52 seats to its Boeing 777 aircraft based at London Gatwick. I doubt this will be seen as a popular move by the airlines passengers.
 
The first BA high density routes from Gatwick have been announced.
Cancun, Ft.Lauerdale, Kingston, New York JFK, Orlando, Punta Cana and Tampa starting at various dates from 8th May.
The configuration of the high density 777 200er aircraft will be 32 business class sests 52 Premium Economy and 252 Economy seats with a total of 336 seats in the 3 class configuration.
 
BA confirm they are chasing shots at London Gatwick. No mention of yet about the possibility of BA taking Monarch slots at Manchester.

British Airways’ rivals at Gatwick face more intense competition after BA’s parent company, IAG, bought the take-off and landing slots previously belonging to Monarch Airlines.

The firm said: “IAG can confirm that it is in the process of completing the acquisition of Monarch’s slot portfolio at Gatwick.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel...h-luton-slots-easyjet-norwegian-a8079261.html
 
BA confirm they are chasing shots at London Gatwick. No mention of yet about the possibility of BA taking Monarch slots at Manchester.

British Airways’ rivals at Gatwick face more intense competition after BA’s parent company, IAG, bought the take-off and landing slots previously belonging to Monarch Airlines.

The firm said: “IAG can confirm that it is in the process of completing the acquisition of Monarch’s slot portfolio at Gatwick.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel...h-luton-slots-easyjet-norwegian-a8079261.html

I read in an article (can't remember which one otherwise I'd post a link) that new airlines would be given priority over existing airlines and as such IAG would use the slots for Iberia Express or Vueling. Not sure if there was a similar 'limitation' at Manchester.
 
I read in an article (can't remember which one otherwise I'd post a link) that new airlines would be given priority over existing airlines and as such IAG would use the slots for Iberia Express or Vueling. Not sure if there was a similar 'limitation' at Manchester.
That is only if the slots go or went back into the general pot to be allocated. IAG bought the Gatwick slots so can use them for anything. I wonder if a Vueling base for Gatwick is likely?
 
British Airways has just confirmed its largest London Gatwick summer scheduled in a decade, after acquiring the ex Monarch Airline landing and take-off slots for summer 2018

http://mediacentre.britishairways.com/pressrelease/details/86/2017-228/9097?ref=HeroStory

Highlights

New routes to Palma (Majorca), Mahon (Menorca) and Gibraltar.

Tenerife = Increases from 6 to 13 weekly
Madeira = Increases from 6 to 9 weekly
Lanzarote = Increases from 3 to 5 weekly.
Malaga = Increases from 27 to 35 weekly
Alicante = Increases from 14 to 22 weekly
Faro = Increases from 17 to 21 weekly
 
On the another forum it's been reported that many of the new and extra frequencies by British Airways for Summer 18 will be operated on wet leased A320's from Titan Airways from the end of May.
 

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