FOLLOWING the collapse of Monarch Airlines, BA will use its take-off and landing areas to increase its Gatwick flights to sunny destinations, including Gibraltar.
In addition to 11 weekly flights from Heathrow during the summer, the Gibraltar- Gatwick route will operate six times a week (daily except on Tuesday).
This route will be introduced on May 28 and run for the duration of summer to September 29. More than 2,000 extra return seats will be offered per week, with a total of 37,000 seats over the operational period.
“This is fantastic news for Gibraltar,” says Gilbert Licudi, the Minister for Tourism and Commercial Aviation.
“London Gatwick is Gibraltar’s busiest route and these additional weekly services highlight the demand.
“In addition, this will undoubtedly boost the tourism industry as well as providing further vital links to major UK airports for all business and leisure travellers.”
This summer will represent BA’s biggest schedule from Gatwick airport in almost a decade, with around 1,150 weekly flights this year compared with 1,000 in 2017.
Weekly flights to Malaga will increase from 27 to 35, and flights to Alicante will go up to 22 from 14.
Tenerife will see a rise from six per week to 13, while Madeira will go from six to nine. Further to this, Chief Executive Alex Cruz adds, “We are also introducing several new destinations to the Gatwick programme, including Palma (Majorca), and Mahon (Menorca). These exciting new routes give our customers even more choice of destinations at competitively low prices.”
The collapse of Monarch led to the holidays of 860,000 people being cancelled.
Its slots at Gatwick and Luton were worth around £60 million, with the latter taken by Wizz Air. Meanwhile, Blands Travel will begin operating a twice daily shuttle service between Gibraltar and Malaga airport, starting next week.