Gatwick to offer 20 new long-haul flights
11 March 2016 07:36
Gatwick promises holidaymakers new flights to Cuba
Holidaymakers will be able to fly out of Gatwick on 20 new long-distance routes before the end of the year.
The airport says passengers should reach fresh destinations in Cuba, the US, Hong Kong, South Africa and Canada from its Sussex hub.
These flights will be operated by British Airways, West Jet, Cathay Pacific and Norwegian, among other carriers.
This will take the amount of long-journey trips out of Gatwick to over 50, compared to the 95 at its big rival Heathrow.
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Better transport links
Gatwick also unveiled its new Gatwick Express fleet of trains on Thursday (March 10) to improve links from and to its facilities.
The news coincides with latest numbers showing that Gatwick enjoyed a record February. Its terminals saw 2 .7 million passenger s go through them - a hike of 9% on February last year.
Gatwick is currently awaiting a Government decision to see if it or Heathrow has won the right to expand its premises.
Ministers delayed the decision last December to give them more time to evaluate environmental considerations surrounding the plans.
What the expert says
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport's chief executive, says the new route expansion has given it fresh impetus.
He says this makes it even more vital than before that Gatwick wins the expansion battle so that it can begin work on its second runway.
Mr Wingate says its number of long-distance routes can only go on increasing with the introduction of new planes which do not need to dock so regularly.
He says Gatwick has joined the so-called "premier league" elite of Europe-based airports that offer customers journeys to over 50 long-distance destinations.
Gatwick already offers holidaymakers a raft of enticing long-haul hotspots with Caribbean lovers particularly well catered for.
Montego Bay, Kingston, Bridgetown, St Lucia, Port-of-Spain and Antigua are among the flights offered.
No less exotic is the Indian Ocean paradise of Goa, which can also be reached from Gatwick.