- Gatwick wins ‘European airport with the most new long haul routes’ award
- 6 million Gatwick passengers flew to a long haul destination last year
- New upcoming routes include British Airways to Cape Town and Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong
Gatwick Airport has been officially recognised as the European airport with the most new long haul routes in the last twelve months, by leading aviation news and analysis organisation anna.aero.
To identify the airport with the greatest number of new long haul services, anna.aero compared routes due to operate in August 2016 with August 2015 routes. Gatwick has had eleven new routes, operating in the summer season, start in the last twelve months.
- Boston, USA – Norwegian Airlines
- Cayo Coco, Cuba – Thomas Cook Airlines
- Chongqing, China – Tianjin Airlines
- Edmonton – WestJet
- Holguin, Cuba – Thomas Cook Airlines
- Lima, Peru – British Airways
- Liberia, Costa Rica, Thomson Airways
- San Francisco Oakland, USA – Norwegian Airlines
- San Jose, Costa Rica – British Airways
- Winnipeg, Canada – WestJet
- Varadero, Cuba – Thomson Airways
Gatwick Airport, Chief Commercial Officer Guy Stephenson said:
Gatwick’s growing range of long haul destinations provides passengers with more choice and shows the benefits of greater competition between airports. Gatwick is the airport of choice for new routes for both our existing carriers including British Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic as well as brand new airlines to the airport, WestJet and Tianjin Airlines.
The demand for new direct connections is evident with 6 million passengers travelling to a long haul destination from Gatwick last year.
This trend shows no sign of abating with new long haul routes continuing apace from Gatwick as Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and British Airways to Cape Town start this autumn.
It is fantastic to be officially recognised as the European airport with the most new long haul routes.