British Airways is to suspend flights between Gatwick and Fort Lauderdale from September 9.
Business Traveller was alerted to the news by one of our regular forum posters, and BA’s Twitter feed has official confirmation of the route suspension, with the carrier citing “commercial reasons”.
Hi there, from 09 September, we will be cancelling the London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale route due to commercial reasons. We're sorry this has impacted your plans. If you speak with British Airways Holidays, they will do their best to find and alternative route. David
— British Airways (@British_Airways) April 26, 2019
BA has also provided Business Traveller with the following statement:
“We regularly review our schedule to ensure that we are flying to destinations that are popular with our customers. Through our partnership with American Airlines, we already fly 28 times a week to nearby Miami airport and from October 2019 our customers will have even more flights to choose from on this route.”
As previously reported, American Airlines will add a second daily Heathrow-Miami service from October 27.
British Airways launched flights to Fort Lauderdale in 2017, competing with Norwegian on the route.
Earlier this year Norwegian switched its Gatwick-Fort Lauderdale service to Miami International, stating that the move reflected customer demand and cargo opportunities. The two airports are only around 30 miles apart.