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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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  • David says:

    I was also pleased to see MPL back on until I looked at the prices, £1200+ for two in mid June, mid week? Hardly what one would expect from a “low cost” airline! Makes using Avios superb value……until they cancel the flight through lack of bookings……

    • Richie says:

      The cheaper fare buckets may not have been loaded yet to Ba.com

    • Andy says:

      Just made a 2-4-1 club europe booking to Thessaloniki late May. Out of interest checked ba.com

      £1908 rtn for 2. Are BA out of their minds at the moment with their pricing.

      As ex staff can see loads, and its not as if these flights are busy and its supply and demand on the last few seats, they are wide open. As are other flights we’ve looked into recently inc SYD.

  • Alan says:

    Yet sadly still no return of domestic flights, making connections to these impossible.

    • TimM says:

      Yes this is a long-running problem. The MAN-LGW route only briefly reappeared in recent years. Better to run direct flights from (what is somewhat patronisingly called) ‘regional’ airports but I can’t see ‘British’ Airways doing that any time soon.

    • ABZ Neil says:

      I dream one day BA will connect ABZ to LGW so us “regional” travellers can connect on the the LGW short haul and long haul leisure routes.

  • Lee says:

    It’s funny how many times BA introduce these flights as “new”. Their just routes that have been restarted several times. Some of these routes were ex GB Airways routes that BA inherited some years ago. The main difference with operating these routes is that their on an inferior cost base base apart from the Flight Crew’s salary’s

  • Nick Jablonski says:

    I’m due to fly from LGW to Malta in mid-March this year. Presumably there’s no likelihood of this flight being pulled at short notice, even though mid-March counts as part of the Winter 2022 schedule, rather than Summer 2023? I’m guessing that B.A. will still serve Malta from LHR for Winter 2023?

    In 2022, I went to Malta round about the same time in March, and DID fly from/to LHR, although my originally booked flights were from/to LGW. However, the notification that my flights switched to LHR came much further in advance. Do you think that I will be safe with my booked flights from/to LGW? I hope so, as I find flying from LGW a much more pleasurable experience!

    • Rob says:

      Euroflyer dropped me an email today to say that there are still plans to run Malta flights during the Winter 2023 season, but for various planning reasons they are not yet ready to announce them. On that basis you’re fine.

  • Paul says:

    Interestingly the routes that were added yesterday only go as far as 23 Dec 2023 at the moment, and didn’t get extended last night at midnight as other routes. Slightly annoying, as it means I now need to keep an eye out for further tranches of dates being added, rather than being able to predict when I could book a return flight.

  • Joshua C says:

    Have had so many cancellations so I can trust that these aren’t bait and switch flights. Booking other more reliable airlines instead- Ryanair in other words, as EasyJet and Wizz just as bad

  • cinereus says:

    What is the “one cancellation”?

    • Rob says:

      Sorry, meant to delete that. There was a line about Malta being pulled but BAEF top brass told me that it is still due to return once some final decisions are made on slots, crew etc – tickets won’t be on sale for some time, however.

  • Joan says:

    Thanks for the heads up … have just booked a week in Corfu for June ….I have loads of points and 2 companion vouchers to use so did the £1 each business class . Now to find somewhere to stay ….

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