London Gatwick announces expanded services to US for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays

Gatwick Airport has announced an expanded services of 51 flights per week to popular destinations in the US including New York, Orlando, Boston and Tampa. The improved transatlantic schedule comes in time for the peak booking period ahead of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

With the new schedule, London Gatwick passengers will have increased choice to enjoy New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, sample the Black Friday sales, the city’s multitude of Christmas markets, the Rockefeller Centre ice rink or plan a festive trip to Disney World in Orlando.

JetBlue’s second daily New York flight, which will commence on October 31, complements its daily Boston service, while British Airways and Norse Atlantic also fly daily to New York City. Passengers can also fly with British Airways to destinations including Orlando (11 times per week) and Tampa (five times per week).

In addition, Gatwick announced last month that Delta Air Lines would be returning to the airport from next April, with daily flights to New York JFK.

Stephanie Wear, VP of Aviation Development, Gatwick Airport said: ‘We are delighted to be building back our popular connections to North America post the pandemic. It’s exciting to be able to offer passengers more choice once again, when travelling between Gatwick and the USA.

‘We are already seeing huge demand for JetBlue’s Boston route which launched in August, while four daily options to New York speaks for itself. Both Orlando and Tampa are fantastic options for families, especially with Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations ongoing, and we hope to be welcoming more flights to US destinations very soon.

Sky Crockford, Visit USA, said: ‘We are thrilled to see travel between the UK and USA bouncing back post covid. The USA has always been hugely popular with holiday makers and families from the UK. There is so much on offer to see and do for every type of vacationer.’

According to data from Visit the USA, more than 4.8 million visits were made by Brits to the USA in 2019, with 5 million forecast for 2024. Meanwhile, data from Visit Britain shows 4.5 million Americans visited the UK in 2019, with a total estimated expenditure of £4.18bn.

Virgin Atlantic announces new daily service to Tampa, Florida

Virgin Atlantic has announced its transatlantic expansion with a new direct route from London Heathrow to Tampa, launching on November 3, 2022.

The new year-round Florida service will initially fly four times a week before increasing to daily from November 28. This latest addition follows the airline’s launch of direct flights between London and Austin, Texas in May 2022.

Tampa is known for its rich history and culture as well as being the home of the Superbowl winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ice hockey legends, Tampa Bay Lightning. With year-round beautiful weather and stunning Gulf Coast beaches, Tampa is a perfect gateway to Florida’s top attractions with the popular theme parks of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Busch Gardens all within easy reach.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘We are delighted to continue our expansion in the US with this new daily service to Tampa, Florida offering even more choice for customers on both sides of the Atlantic to connect between the US and the UK.

‘Florida is very much a firm favourite for our customers ever since our first flight to Miami back in 1986. With the popular theme parks and the stunning beaches of St Pete and Clearwater within easy reach, we know it’s an area our customers will love to explore.’

‘The region has a booming economy with high profile businesses moving to the area and many budding entrepreneurs registering start-ups in the city. We very much look forward to forging new relationships within the Tampa Bay community and cannot wait to welcome customers, both existing and new onboard, flying them safely to explore this exciting region.’

Joe Lopano, Chief Executive Officer at Tampa International Airport commented: ‘We at Tampa International Airport are thrilled to offer our first-ever nonstop route to Heathrow and launch this new partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Not only does this create another Tampa-London option for our leisure travellers, but there’s a huge upside for our thriving business community to now have a direct connection to the world’s premier business airport. We expect this to be a popular route during what we know will be a very busy winter travel season at TPA.’

Offering more than 190,000 seats each year, Virgin Atlantic will be the only airline to directly connect the Tampa Bay region with London’s hub airport, London Heathrow.

Flights are on sale from Wednesday July 13th at www.virginatlantic.com with return Economy fares starting from £436 per person, Premium from £937 per person and Upper Class from £2,256 per person.