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British Airways launches five new Gatwick short-haul services – wide open for Avios redemptions

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British Airways has announced the launch of five new short-haul services from London Gatwick.

As usual when a new route is announced, flights are wide open for Avios. You will find eight economy and four business class seats available on every single flight, except where they have been snapped up in the last hour or so.

The full Winter 2023 schedule from London Gatwick has also been put on sale, allowing you to book services from the last few days of October through to 355 days from today, so roughly Christmas Day 2023.

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What new routes has British Airways launched today?

Here are the five new routes:

Montpellier

British Airways has not flown to Montpellier since 2019 when it was a Heathrow route.

There will be three flights per week from Gatwick starting on 27th May. Flights will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Corfu

British Airways will fly to Corfu from Gatwick in Summer 2023, supplementing the existing Heathrow route.

There will be three flights per week, starting on 30th May. Flights will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

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Salzburg

Salzburg, above, will become a year-round route from London Gatwick, complementing the existing Winter flights from Heathrow and Gatwick.

There will be three flights per week from 30th March, operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Mykonos

British Airways is adding a weekly Mykonos flight from Gatwick in Summer 2023, departing on Saturdays.

The route will start on 10th June.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is an addition to the Winter 2023 timetable. There will be eight flights per week, starting on 8th December. The existing six weekly Heathrow flights will continue.

All 21 routes for the Winter season from London Gatwick have gone on sale today so it is a good time to jump in and make your cash or Avios bookings for travel before Christmas 2023. The rest of the Winter season will open up on the usual ‘355 days before departure’ schedule.

You can book or check times at ba.com.


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Comments (35)

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  • Andrew. says:

    Montpellier, France surely?

    (Although as Montpelier, VT is on my bucket list, it would be a nice niche route.)

    • RussellH says:

      Nearest airport to Montpelier, VT is Berlin VT, but no commercial flights.
      Nearest commercial airport is BTV, and Burlington should be on your bucket list too.

      • RussellH says:

        Only flew in and out of BTV once in three years – in a Cessna 150.
        Strange feeling landing in one of those on a runway long enough for diverted transatlantic flights!

  • Steve says:

    Lanzarote flights seem to stop in Oct 2023. Have BA swapped the Lanzarote route for one of these 5 new routes

    • Rob says:

      It would imply they are keeping it Summer only, yes.

      • walbrookwarrior says:

        They’re not. They’re available in November onwards. Low fare finder hasn’t yet updated.

  • megoi says:

    I had a flight back from PMI in Oct canceleld today. It seems like BA are making lots of changes to schedules

  • Mark says:

    Argh have been holding out for Avios availability to Corfu on Thursday 1 June! Shame these additional flights are the day before and after.

  • Richard Covell says:

    I could do with one to Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Glynn says:

    A few direct BA short haul flights would be appreciated from Manchester in the north of England – other national airlines seem to be able to cater for us provincial types from Manchester .

    • The Original David says:

      Just like BA caters for the provincial types in Montpellier, Salzburg, Innsbruck etc, but do you see AF or OS flying internationally from there? The single hub model is hardly an unusual one, yet somehow people in the regions seem perpetually disappointed by it.

    • DaveJ says:

      Why? Just use another airline. Not as if BA are much better than any of the other airlines that fly from Manchester

    • Richie says:

      BA franchise operator GB Airways had a base at MAN before being sold to easyJet.

  • Pauline says:

    And Edinburgh!

    • BajiNahid says:

      Second this! We need the gatters service back! Heathrow and city are costing an arm and leg!

  • Lyn says:

    Very grateful indeed to see Montpellier back on the list, regardless of which London airport it is from. Gatwick makes sense as it has been a Gatwick route on and off for a very long time. Fingers crossed they don’t cancel it again before it restarts.

    • Lady London says:

      Yes that would be a great pity. But at least you’d be able to insist on a reroute, if necessary on another airline? I’m thinking AF, hopefully not FR 🙂

      BA is being pretty smart about putting these new routes into their low-cost (however sadly, not always low price) entities aren’t they?

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