British Airways has operated its first transatlantic flight from Gatwick since the start of the pandemic to Tampa, Florida.

The airline’s services to Tampa will operate three times a week. This will be followed by a resumption of flights from Gatwick to Orlando on November 19, while flights to Nashville and New Orleans from Heathrow will recommence in December.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said:

“Orlando and Tampa are among our most popular destinations, so we know how much our customers are looking forward to heading back. Florida is such a diverse state, so whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, a theme park adventure or an epic road trip, there’s something for every type traveller. In addition, we’re offering a wide range of British Airways Holidays deals to suit every budget.

This comes after last week’s reopening of the US, which put an end to the strict restrictions that halted transatlantic travel for over 18 months. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic celebrated on November 8 with a parallel take-off from Heathrow to New York JFK.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic perform dual take-off from Heathrow to New York

British Airways plans to operate to 23 US airports this winter, with 246 flights per week from January. The airline’s A380s are also set to start operating to Miami from Heathrow from December 5, Los Angeles from December 9, and Dallas from March 27.