8 APRIL 2019
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Further growth for transatlantic services at Gatwick was heralded by Virgin Atlantic and Delta last week with plans to introduce new routes to Boston and New York JFK from next summer.
The East Coast flights will complement Virgin Atlantic’s existing network from Gatwick to Florida and the Caribbean, where the company currently operates up to 33 flights a week to eight destinations.
The new flights will also see Delta return to Gatwick for the first time in eight years. The airport was the destination for Delta’s first transatlantic flight more than 40 years ago, when services began from Atlanta.
It is a busy time for both carriers. Virgin Atlantic recently announced two new routes from Heathrow to Tel Aviv and São Paulo, Brazil. Flights to Tel Aviv begin on 25 September and services to São Paulo are set to launch in 2020.
Delta recently announced plans to enhance its aircraft on all flights between Heathrow and both Boston and JFK. From last week, services between Boston and Heathrow are operating on an Airbus A330-200, which already serves Delta’s JFK – Heathrow flights and features additional premium seats.
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Sally Pavey, Gatwick
Probably could not get into Heathrow! Lets hope they have invested in some new quieter planes