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Which long haul destinations can you fly from London Gatwick airport?

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Last month, London Gatwick airport announced its 50th long haul destination as Ethiopian Airlines returns with direct flights to Addis Ababa from 21st November.

According to Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer at Gatwick:

“Returning to 50 long-haul routes is a milestone moment for London Gatwick. While we’re delighted to offer passengers such an expansive range of short-haul routes across Europe, we’re also proud to provide connections to an increasing range of destinations around the world.

These services are vital not only for offering people across London and the South East an excellent choice of holiday locations, or for visiting family and friends, but also for supporting local and regional businesses. Whether that’s outbound trade or inbound tourism, growing London Gatwick’s long-haul network is crucial for economic opportunities across the region.”

Which long haul destinations can you fly to from Gatwick Airport?

There were flights to 187 destinations from Gatwick last month, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium, with overall capacity at 95.8% of 2019 levels.

Whilst a large percentage of passengers will be flying to Europe and other short haul destinations from Gatwick, the airport has a surprisingly large contingent of longer routes. This is for a number of reasons including additional passenger choice (eg. Emirates) or simply because Heathrow is congested and Gatwick has the slots available to operate these services (eg. Ethiopian’s return to the airport).

This got me thinking that it would be interesting to see a full list of long haul routes operated from Gatwick in one place. I asked Gatwick if they could provide one and they kindly obliged! It is interesting to note the strength of TUI, an airline that we rarely cover on HfP.

Accra, GhanaBritish Airways
Addis Ababa, EthiopiaEthiopian Airlines
Ahmedabad, IndiaAir India
Amritsar, IndiaAir India
AntiguaBritish Airways
ArubaBritish Airways
Banjul, GambiaTUI
Boa Vista (Rabil), Cape VerdeTUI
Boston (Logan), USAJetBlue, Norse Atlantic
Bridgetown, BarbadosBritish Airways, TUI, Norse Atlantic
Calgary, CanadaWestJet
Cancun, MexicoBritish Airways, TUI
Cape Town, South AfricaBritish Airways
Dakar (Blaise), SenegalTUI
Doha, QatarQatar Airways, British Airways
Dubai, UAEEmirates
Georgetown, GuyanaBritish Airways
Goa, IndiaAir India
GrenadaBritish Airways
Hanoi, Vietnam (ends 10/23)Bamboo Airways
Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamBamboo Airways
Ilha Do Sal, Cape VerdeTUI
Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaSaudia
Khartoum, SudanBadr
Kingston, JamaicaBritish Airways
Kochi, IndiaAir India
Las Vegas, USABritish Airways
Liberia, Costa RicaTUI
Los Angeles, USANorse Atlantic
MauritiusBritish Airways, Air Mauritius
Miami, USANorse Atlantic
Montego Bay, JamaicaTUI, Norse Atlantic
Montreal (Dorval), CanadaAir Transat
New York (JFK), USABritish Airways, Delta, Norse, JetBlue
Orlando, USABritish Airways, Norse Atlantic
Orlando (Melbourne), USATUI
Phuket, ThailandTUI
Port Of Spain, Trinidad & TobagoBritish Airways
Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicBritish Airways, TUI
Quebec City, CanadaAir Transat
San Francisco, USANorse Atlantic
San Jose, Costa RicaBritish Airways
Shanghai (Pu Dong), ChinaAir China, China Eastern
St KittsBritish Airways
St Lucia (Hewanorra)British Airways, TUI
Tampa, USABritish Airways
TobagoBritish Airways
Toronto, CanadaAir Transat
Vancouver, CanadaBritish Airways
Washington Dulles, USANorse Atlantic
Which long haul destinations can you fly to from Gatwick Airport?

London Gatwick eyes future growth

With the pandemic largely out of the way, Gatwick has revived plans to bring its Northern Runway, currently a taxiway, into intermittent use. Per the Gatwick website:

“The Northern Runway is currently limited to acting as a taxiway, only available when the Main Runway is out of use. The planning application proposes repositioning the centre line of the Northern Runway 12 metres north to allow dual runway operations, aligning with international safety standards.

Construction could start in 2025 and be completed and ready for operational use by the end of the decade. The proposals are low impact, with most construction taking place within the current airport boundary.

Bringing the Northern Runway into routine use alongside the Main Runway would unlock new capacity and allow for a more efficient and resilient operation.If approved the £2.2 billion privately financed plan would be one of the largest capital investment projects in the region for decades. And it would help the airport meet future passenger demand by serving around 75 million passengers a year by the late 2030s.”

The Development Consent Order has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination in the next stage of the planning process.

Even if planning approval is granted, a two-runway Gatwick Airport would not be able to rival Heathrow as the Northern Runway would be significantly shorter. This would restrict it to being used by smaller aircraft during peak hours of operation.

Comments (65)

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  • tony says:

    Not sure if many people are aware of it but there’s something called easyJet worldwide that sticks together fares and guarantees/insures against misconnections.

    I just put Edinburgh to Orlando in. Will sell the EZY domestic and a Norse connection with the option to upgrade to Norse Premium as well.

    Round trip in October was £700, with Norse PE taking it to £1300 or so.

  • david says:

    OT: wanted to thank readers and hfp team. my second ever J ticket booked for April 2024 and just did another to Asia in July 2024 (tickets are priced at £13,000, thats like a house deposit to me!! 🙂 ) using vouchers and invaluable info on here. From the bottom of my heart thanks.

  • Chris Belton says:

    There do not appear to be BA flights to Las Vegas or Vancouver in December. I presume, therefore, that they are in the summer schedule.

  • Max says:

    Hope too soon see Global Airlines on that list! #SlammerTime

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