Over the years the Manchester-London Gatwick route has been much requested by readers.

Today we can confirm that schedules for BA’s reinstated route have appeared on the carrier’s website, with a launch date of March 28, 2021.

Not only does Manchester-Gatwick connect with onward services but it’s convenient for travellers bound for areas along the South Coast or south of the capital.

The downside to the reinstated service is that it’s just a single daily flight. Timings are more tailored for Mancunians rather than Londoners.

Initial schedules are as follows:

  • BA2509 departs Manchester at 0700, arrives into Gatwick at 0815 (timings are ten minutes later on Tuesdays)
  • BA2508 departs Gatwick at 0945, arrives into Manchester at 1055 (timings are ten minutes later on Mondays and Fridays)

A BA spokesperson told Business Traveller:

“We are pleased to introduce this daily service between Manchester and London Gatwick which will allow customers easier access to our long-haul destinations from Gatwick.”

There have been flights on this route in the past. According to this article on manchestereveningnews.co.uk, BA’s previous Gatwick-Manchester service was cancelled in 2013, after operating for some 20 years.

Readers who find one of these timings inconvenient will mix and match with rail. In other words, fly BA to Gatwick and return with Avanti West Coast from London Euston.

But the West Coast rail route was upgraded some years ago and served by newer, faster, more frequent trains by Virgin Trains (now Avanti West Coast).

In turn, the air service from Gatwick declined and was dropped.

It is not easy for any airline to compete with a London-Manchester rail service which operates at a 20 mins frequency (in normal times) and with a journey time of little more than two hours.

However air services have continued from London Heathrow and these are well used, especially by those travellers making international connections.

Bear in mind dear readers that we live in unusual times so always check schedules at time of booking.