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New Route of the Day (17 March 2024): Azerbaijan Airlines between Baku and London LGW

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Azerbaijan Airlines inaugurated services between its Baku hub and London LGW on Sunday 17 March. The 3,995-kilometre service will be maintained 3-weekly, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The flag carrier faces no competition on the route, which will be maintained by a mix of Airbus A320neo and 787-8 aircraft, although March also sees the 767-300 jet deployed on several occasions.

Flight J2107 departs Baku at 07:25 local time, arriving at London LGW at 09:25 local time. The return service, operating as J2108, takes off from the UK’s second busiest airport at 10:40 local time, touching down back in the Azeri capital at 20:10 local time.

Azerbaijan Airlines serving two London airports

Azerbaijan Airlines already maintains 3-weekly operations between Baku and London LHR with the 210-seat 787-8 aircraft. As a result, it will now boast 6-weekly operations to the UK’s capital, offering just over 1,230 seats each way during the height of the summer season.

The airline has said its decision to introduce flights to London LGW was due to growing demand, however, slot availability at London LHR is also likely to have played a role.

No other airline flies between the UK and Azerbaijan. Previously, British Airways served Baku from London LHR until October 2007.

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London LGW to surpass 200 destinations

This summer, London LGW will serve over 200 points across the world, including over 150 short-haul and more than 45 long-haul destinations. More than 45 airlines are scheduled to fly from the airport.

This summer will see Air China resume flights from Beijing PEK, British Airways introduce three short-haul routes, which will be followed by the launch of Bangkok next winter, as well as easyJet introduce two new seasonal summer flights.

Singapore Airlines will inaugurate services from its hub in June, while TUI Airways expands its range of destinations with several new additions. Canada’s WestJet will return after several years with two routes, while London LGW will see two new destinations from the Turkic states as both Turkmenistan Airlines and Uzbekistan Airways will commence operations from Ashgabat and Tashkent respectively.

London LGW handled 40.9 million passengers in 2023, reaching 87.8% of its pre-pandemic passenger levels. It was Europe’s eighth busiest airport.

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