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British Airways announces new Gatwick routes to fill Monarch’s slots – bookable now on Avios

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British Airways made the first of what will presumably be a number of new Gatwick route announcements yesterday.  This is the first such announcement since it purchased Monarch’s take-off and landing slots at the airport in November.

In total, BA will operating 150 additional flights per week from Gatwick this summer compared with 2017.

It is worth noting up front that BA is using Titan Airways to operate some Gatwick services this Summer.  These flights are clearly marked at ba.com.  It simply does not have enough available aircraft to use the Monarch slots, and this is not helped by the late delivery of the new Airbus NEO aircraft and the need to send the older Heathrow short-haul planes off to be ‘densified’.  The plan to take six short-haul Qatar Airways appears to have been dropped.

Titan Airways has covered for British Airways before and is generally seen as OK.  You may even get free food and drink in Euro Traveller although that is not confirmed.

New routes announced

The announcement yesterday primarily covered routes which were Monarch’s heartland.  The following changes will kick in from the start of the summer timetable on 25th March:

Malaga – increases to 35 from 27 Gatwick flights per week

Alicante – increases to 22 from 14 Gatwick flights per week

Faro – increases to 21 from 17 Gatwick flights per week

Tenerife – increases to 13 from 6 Gatwick flights per week

Madeira – increases to 9 from 6 Gatwick flights per week

Lanzarote – increases to 5 from 3 Gatwick flights per week

The following brand new Gatwick routes will also be launched, although none are new to the BA network:

Gibraltar

Palma

Mahon

BA also claims to have added 400 extra flights on existing routes between 9th February and 24th March, although no breakdown has been provided.

I have not been given the exact times and dates for these new flights.  However, they do appear to be bookable now on ba.com for cash or Avios.  If you want a peak August flight down to the Med then this is your chance, as the original Avios allocation will have gone months ago.

Expect further announcements in the coming weeks.

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

PS.  If you are flying out of Gatwick this year, here are a few relevant articles – Hampton by Hilton hotel review, Bloc hotel review, how to get a good deal on Gatwick Express, how to get a good deal on Gatwick parking, MyLounge (North) review, No 1 Lounge (North) review, No 1 Lounge (South) review, the new British Airways lounges in Gatwick South review

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Comments (55)

  • Yuff says:

    What a stroke of luck just been playing around with skyscanner, and saw BA flights operated by Titan, from Gatwick at May half term come up on the search. Didn’t think much of it as one of the flights was 2.50 am, which was never an option, but the flights were reasonably priced.
    Popped over to HFP 20 mins ago and now have 3 return flights to PMI, at May half term, for 45k avios and £95.
    Had considered trying to get gold, at BA, to use the double avios trick to open up availability purely for this trip 🙂

  • Jo says:

    Oh many thanks. was struggling to find a redemption for august bank holiday. jumped on this one to tenerife. found nights at the ritz there too. any chance of getting upgrade to club lounge access with Marriott Gold?

    • simon says:

      At the Abama? Zero chance. But a very very decent hotel. Have taken my family several times. Beware will be very full of families in summer time. And definitely book your dinner tables asap. They get totally booked up months in advance….. The Japanese restaurant there is superb

      • Waribai says:

        Not quite zero…..I’ve just got back from there. We got lounge access but only after speaking to the director of rooms and bringing up some specific gripes. Well worth it if you do get into the lounge as they restrict eligibility to 55 guests at any one time so it never feels crowded. Also the snacks, desserts and drinks are of a high quality. It also saved us a lot of money. Why pay 11 euros for a glass of wine when you can get the same wine for free in the lounge 🙂

        • Jo says:

          Oooh that is very interesting waribai – was urs a redemption booking or cash booking? What kind of gripes did u hv

  • Tony says:

    Note there seems to be more than 4 Y award seats on some of these flights – incl midweek August to PMI.

  • Lewis says:

    Does titan airways count as a code share? I no lounge access like on vueling for silvers?

    • Nick says:

      No, it counts as a wet lease so is fully BA and lounge access, etc., is as usual. You’ll just see a different aircraft and different crew.

      Remember when IB (and even Ryanair!) covered for BA (pre-BOB) and had to serve free G&T as that was the BA service at the time? It’s the same as that.

  • TheThunderer says:

    OT but anyone have any suggestions for a tier point run in the next 3 months? I need 110 points to get to Silver, ideally would like to avoid an overnight stay. Thanks in advance for thoughts

    • Rob says:

      There is a HFP article listing all 160 TP Club Europe routes. I would match that up with the sale fares and routes with multiple flights per day, if you really want to come right back. Helsinki is great for frequencies but bad for pricing. Some of the southern Europe routes will be cheap this time of year but may not have 2 flights per day, unless you return on the same plane.

      • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

        Could also do something like LON – MAD – FRA – LON in one day using the LATAM MAD – FRA flight, 120 in Business.

    • Gavin says:

      Book a trip to Spain on Iberia, routing via Madrid?

    • Will says:

      Lhr-kef is worth a try, 160tp for the return and currently £289. You will struggle for a turnaround though.

  • Alex W says:

    Does the majority of the British public travel anywhere other than Spain or Portugal?!

    • John says:

      Yes.

      In 2016, Spain, France, Italy, Ireland, the USA and Portugal (in that order) were the most visited countries by UK residents, accounting for 53% of all visits abroad.

      The number of visits to Spain was nearly double that of visits to France and roughly triple that of visits to the other 4 countries.

    • Cate says:

      You have to keep in mind that Spain’s weather is usually guaranteed to be warmer than UK’s, food/drinks/accom/flights cheaper and the convenience for quick hops over weekends. Even more so for those who live local to an airport 😛

  • John says:

    The newly loaded titan airways flights do not seem to fall under RFS. A shame!

    • JK says:

      LGW-PMI return came to £36.11 on Titan so RFS not much better

      • Nick says:

        That’s an IT bug, the system isn’t set up to offer RFS on other carriers but legislation forces the operating carrier to be displayed prominently and these two factors don’t add up. If you call they’ll be able to send a RFS for manual issuance at normal price (and will waive the service fee as you can’t do it online).

  • Mark T says:

    LGW – GIB doesn’t seem to be in until nearer June… and from what I’ve found on ba.com only seem to be branded as ‘Titan’ for the London bound sector.

    Very tempting though!