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Gatwick has added many carriers recently; Singapore Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines and WestJet coming

Delta Airlines at Gatwick

London LGW is the UK’s second busiest airport. It welcomed 35.3 million passengers between January and October 2023, with traffic about 12% lower than the same 10 months in 2019. The recovery will be aided by an enormous number of new and returning carriers that have started recently or will do so.

Part of the attraction of LGW versus LHR is more slot availability, lower fees and charges and the closeness to London. For airlines that also serve LHR, it enables them to better target South London and the South Coast.

Singapore Airlines and Azerbaijan Airlines are coming to LGW

They are the most recent carriers to announce LGW routes. Singapore Airlines will begin a 5-weekly Airbus A350-900 service on 22 June. It will supplement its 28-weekly LHR operation.

Cirium schedules information tells that Scoot served LGW between 2021 and 2022 using the 787-8. It operated via Bangkok with fifth freedom traffic rights. Before that, Norwegian flew to Singapore non-stop between 2017 and 2019.

Azerbaijan Airlines will start 3-weekly Baku-LGW flights on 31 March. The A320 will initially be used, with the 787-8 also deployed during the summer. According to Cirium, the Azerbaijani flag carrier flew to LGW until 2007 until 757-200. The coming route will join its 3-weekly LHR operation.

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Build on many other arrivals recently

LGW has had considerable success in securing new and returning airlines, with some back after a decade or more. They include the following. While Volotea’s entry is among the smallest, it is particularly notable as LGW was chosen as its first scheduled, non-sport-related destination in the UK.

  • June 2024: Azores Airlines from Ponta Delgada (2-weekly); the carrier last served the airport in 2019
  • April 2024: WestJet from Halifax on 29 April (4-weekly) and St John’s on 1 May (3-weekly); the carrier last served the airport in 2022
  • December 2023: China Southern from Zhengzhou (2-weekly)
  • November 2023: Volotea from Strasbourg (2-weekly)
  • November 2023: Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa (3-weekly); the carrier last served the airport in 2006
  • October 2023: Air Mauritius (daily)
  • June 2023: Saudia from Jeddah (4-weekly)
  • June 2023: Air China from Shanghai PVG (daily); the carrier last served LGW in 2020
  • April 2023: Sky Express from Athens (daily)
  • April 2023: Lufthansa from Frankfurt (up to 2-daily); the carrier last served LGW regularly in 2013 and briefly in 2016
  • April 2023: Delta from New York JFK (daily); the carrier last served LGW in 2012
  • March 2023: Air India from Ahmedabad (3-weekly), Amritsar (3-weekly), Goa (3-weekly), Kochi (3-weekly)

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Others too?

Examining schedules supplied by airlines to Cirium shows that Air Algiers and Atlantic Airways have scheduled LGW flights in S24, but neither airline is bookable as of 2 January.

Air Algiers last served LGW from Hassi Messaoud in 2008 but – if it materialises – will now be from Algiers. The Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways last flew Vágar-LGW in 2013. If it returns, it would be the country’s only non-stop route to the UK.

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