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BA 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.

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

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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?

    • 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 🙂

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

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

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

    • 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.

  5. 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

    • 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.

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

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

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

    • 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.

    • 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 😛

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

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

      • 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).

  8. 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!

  9. I can’t find any additional flights to Alicante until June. Also the summer schedule to Alicante doesn’t seem to start until May this year when flights increase to 14 per week.

  10. Anthony Burns says:

    Nothing wrong at all with Titan Airways as been on flights operated by them a couple of times.
    Been building the aircraft they have available over the last few years and in recent times have provided aircraft with crews for various airlines including Easyjet and Jet2.
    Believe they also have one of the 318’s BA used to operate out of City Airport.

  11. What would a TITAN CE seat consist of? Same a BA?

    • Probably just an empty middle seat. Have flown on Titan 757 and A32x a few times in recent years, they are perfectly acceptable with modern interiors and very pleasant crew.

  12. Annoyingly can’t now login to ba.com – they’ve tweeted they’re having some issues. So I popped over to Avios.com & noticed that a redemption LHR-LCA-LHR was requiring different number of Avios on each sector despite both dates being off peak – has fluid pricing sneaked in already?

  13. Will the Titan flights count as part of the 4 flights needed for BA Silver? I assume that Air Nostrum ones with IB flight numbers don’t count, I did ask a BA agent but she didn’t really understand what I was asking for.

    • If the flight codes are BA and/or IB they count, but remember redemption flights don’t count. If you are worried then just give yourself enough leeway to take another BA roundtrip before membership year end.

      • Yes they count. These flights will show as operated with a BA code sink issue.

        For the record, Air Nostrum counts when booked under IB code but not when under 9W (which is rare but technically possible).

        Similarly with IB Express, where bookings under IB code (the vast majority) count but I2 don’t.

  14. Slightly O/T…just tried to book last minute flights to Cape Town, checked Avios availability & found flights; then tried to book the exact same flights using Amex Companion Voucher & response was no availability? Anyone else experienced similar? Is BA allowed to do restrict seat availability when using voucher? Would welcome some help, thanks

  15. Rupert S says:

    Happy days – booked Faro in August on RFS & emptied out my IHG points on the CP Vilamoura (before it goes from 35k to 45k per night).

    Thanks Rob

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