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Gatwick Airport Terminal Moves.

Three of London Gatwick Airport’s biggest carriers will move terminals later this month (January 2017), with the transition staggered over a 72-hour period of reduced operations.

EasyJet, which currently operates flights from both of Gatwick’s terminals, will move all its flights to the North Terminal from January 24. And from January 25 all British Airways flights will depart from the South Terminal and all Virgin Atlantic flights will depart from the North Terminal!

The changes are designed to improve the experience for passengers at Gatwick with new facilities including enhanced technology at check-in, security and immigration.

Please ensure that you check which terminal your flight is departing from if it is with one of the aforementioned airlines.

New British Airways Route.

British Airways has today announced the start of a new London Gatwick to New York JFK service. This new daily service will commence next year on 1st May 2016, but seats go on sale today.

The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777 offering Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins. The flight times will be, from London Gatwick, an afternoon departure at 1640 landing in NY at 1930 and returning from JFK at 2200 arriving Gatwick the next morning at 1000.

Network update – new routes on sale.

Following the recent purchase of Flybe’s slots at London Gatwick, easyJet has strengthened its route network with the addition of new routes to Paris CDG, Jersey & Newcastle.

The new services will start from the beginning of the summer schedule (30 March 2014) and flights are on sale now.

New BA Leisure Routes.

British Airways is launching two new routes this year to Gran Canaria and Larnaca.

London Gatwick to Larnaca commences Sunday 30th June 2013 and will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesday & Sundays. Please note this new service is in addition to BA’s existing Larnaca service from London Heathrow.

Gran Canaria commences on Saturday 26th October 2013 from London Heathrow Terminal 5. This new service will operate once a week every Saturday until 29th March 2014.

US Airways Moves Charlotte Service To Heathrow.

With immediate effect US Airways has switched its London Gatwick Charlotte service to Heathrow Airport.

Charlotte NC is US Airways’ largest hub airport and the switch supplements its existing London Heathrow to Philadelphia service. The Charlotte service is operated using an Airbus A330 aircraft with two cabins on board. Envoy, US Airways’ international Business Class, features a seat which converts in to a fully flat bed.

Flight US731 departs Heathrow daily at 1005am arrival 1410, with the return service departing Charlotte at 1905 arrival Heathrow the following morning at 0805.

Self Service Bag Tagging Now At Heathrow T1.

Self Service Bag Tagging has now been introduced at London Heathrow Terminal 1. This option means BA’s customers will be able to print and attach bag tags at a self-service kiosk,  then drop their bag at a bag drop desk.

As well as easing congestion, it is hoped this new service will add speed, efficiency and convenience for BA’s customers. British Airways also has self-service bag tagging at LHR Terminal 3, London City Airport and London Gatwick airports.

What more could you possibly want!

Hand Baggage Only Air Fares.

British Airways is extending its new “hand baggage only” fares across the whole of its London Gatwick short-haul network.

Following the introduction of this new type of air fare on February 19th, BA are now rolling the concept out across the rest of its short-haul network at Gatwick from March 7th.

Customers choosing the “hand baggage only” fare can continue to take advantage of the airline’s generous hand luggage allowance and carry on a good-sized case (56cm x 45cm x 25cm), plus a handbag or laptop bag.

It is worth noting that BA’s hand luggage allowance is more generous than that of most of the so called Low-Cost Carriers, who only permit and strictly enforce just one piece of carry-on luggage. BA’s hand baggage only fares will also be eligible for free online check-in and seat selection 24 hours prior to departure. Likewise, BA still provides complimentary food and beverages on board.

Sales pitch over!

British Airways Summer 2013 Updates.

Please find below some important updates from British Airways for their summer (yes, remember the sun?) 2013 schedule.

  • **31 March** – Flights between London Heathrow, Singapore & Sydney will move from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5
  • 29 March – new service from London Gatwick to Tenerife
  • 31 March – new service from London Heathrow to Palma and Gatwick to Lanzarote
  • 27 April – start of a new weekend service London Heathrow – Ibiza
  • 31 March – flights to/from Leeds-Bradford and Zagreb (from London Heathrow) move from Terminal1 to Terminal 5
  • Flights suspensions – Dar Es Salaam & Tblisi.

 

UK Weather Update.

Due to the light overnight snowfall in some parts of England we have been checking the operations at the UK’s major airports this morning (please find an update below).

However, the Met Office has also warned of a second, heavier, band of snow which will fall across some parts of the country this afternoon. Furthermore, with temperatures set to fall below freezing tonight, tomorrow’s flight schedule maybe worse hit. Therefore, please ensure you check in online for your flight today, or tomorrow, and ensure that either we, or your airline, have your mobile/cell phone number and email address.

1. London Heathrow – moderate delays but with an increasing trend.

2. London Gatwick – low delays, not predicted to worsen.

3. Manchester – low delays, not predicted to worsen.

4. Edinburgh – low delays, not predicted to worsen.

NB. Information correct at 0845.

Easyjet To Begin Services To Moscow.

Easyjet is to be allowed to operate flights from London to Moscow, in preference to Virgin Atlantic, thanks to a ruling by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The CAA has announced that Easyjet will join British Airways in being entitled to fly on the London-Moscow route under the bilateral agreement between the UK and Russian
governments. Easyjet plans to operate its Moscow service from London Gatwick, while BA will continue offering flights from London Heathrow. Bmi had been the second UK carrier
flying between London and Moscow under the bilateral deal but it has now stopped operating on the route following its takeover by BA.

Virgin had wanted to fly from Heathrow using the former Bmi slots which are being relinquished by BA, as part of its deal with European regulators to allow the purchase
to go ahead.

Easyjet is set to start its Moscow service in spring 2013 and said it would offer two daily flights on the Gatwick-Moscow Domodedovo route and expected to carry 230,000 passengers in its first year of operation.