Many new airlines have been awarded the rights to fly from London Gatwick in the Summer 2020 season. In addition, there are some interesting new destinations from existing airlines.
While many of the usual suspects are represented, those being the native UK and European airlines, there are some unexpected additions from farther afield.
New Airlines and Routes at London Gatwick
Airport Coordination Limited are responsible for issuing the take off and landing slots for UK airports. These are done well in advance of the new season, so airlines can know what they’re allowed to fly and start selling accordingly.
The Initial Coordination Report is out and page 7 (shown below) highlights the new airlines that have been awarded slots and where they will fly.
Interesting examples are India’s Vistara and IndiGo both being awarded slots to fly to Delhi. Canada’s WestJet has been awarded slots to fly to Ottawa, and Delta will be permitted to serve Boston.
The oneworld alliance have a couple of new ones too, with LATAM planning to serve Santiago, and Finnair serving Helsinki. The graphic above shows the full list.
British Airways Serving Dublin
British Airways currently serve Dublin around 15 times per day out of London Heathrow and London City. According to the report, they also plan flights from London Gatwick.
The addition of LGW means a return to this route, which they stopped back in the 2000s when they left the Republic of Ireland. Hopefully it will be in addition to the current services and not replacing any!
I’ve always found it interesting that London Gatwick plays second fiddle to Heathrow. When it comes to getting from the airport to Central London, it’s not like there is much difference in time.
Having the Indian low fares airlines in the mix is an interesting development. Hopefully they make a success of it – I’ve heard nothing but good things about IndiGo, for example.
What do you think of the changes coming to London Gatwick for Summer 2020? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Pete Chapman via Wikimedia Commons.