Airport News

BA announces JFK plan

Mon, 21 Apr, 2008

British Airways has unveiled plans to commence flying from London Gatwick Airport to New York's John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport later this year.

The new service will commence on October 27th and will operate on a daily basis.

Lynne Embleton, the airline's general manager for network planning, emphasised that the route from Gatwick was an addition to the 55 flights a week it currently operates from London Heathrow Airport to JFK.

The new service is designed to give passengers travelling between London and the Big Apple greater choice, explained Ms Embleton.

She added: "Not only do we already have an extensive schedule from Heathrow to both JFK and Newark but next year we will launch business-only flights from London City."

Figures recently published by airport operator BAA showed that passenger numbers at Gatwick were 5.7 per cent higher in the first quarter of this year than in the corresponding period in 2007 - a trend that is likely to be helped by the new service to New York.

Joe Evans

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