British Airways is all set to resume its flights to New York JFK from London Gatwick after a 7-year absence. Media reports said that UK’s national carrier will once again begin flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) in May 2016.
The airline earlier operated the London Gatwick-New York JFK route between 1988 and 2002 and from 2008 to 2009. The flights on the route were however suspended because the route proved to be loss making. With the resuming of flights between London Gatwick and New York JFK effective from May 1 next year, British Airways will now become the only airline to operate flights to New York JFK from London Gatwick Airport, London Heathrow Airport and London City Airport.
A spokesperson of British Airways said that the outbound Flight BA2273 will depart from London Gatwick at 16:40 hours and arrive at New York JFK at 19:30 hours. The inbound Flight BA2272 will make its departure from New York JFK at 22:00 hours and reach London Gatwick at 10:00 hours next day.
The airline will deploy a Boeing 777-200 aircraft configured in three classes to operate flights between the two cities. The airline will be offering 40 seats in Club World (Business Class), 24 seats in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and 216 seats in World Traveller (Economy Class). The flights on the route will be operated daily.
Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ Managing Director at London Gatwick Airport, said, “The new route to New York JFK from London Gatwick will help the airline to offer access to a third airport in London thus providing flexibility and maximum choice to the customers. The new route will also be complementing the airline’s almost hourly service to New York JFK from London Heathrow.”