Gatwick airport will offer routes to 30 long-haul destinations this summer as the South Terminal reopens this weekend.

Today marks the launch of Scoot’s service between Gatwick and Bangkok, with an onward connection to Singapore. The Singapore Airlines subsidiary will operate the route three times per week.

Start-up carrier Norse Atlantic also plans to launch routes this summer after securing slots at the airport last week.

Meanwhile Air Transat will fly from Gatwick to the Canadian cities of Montreal and Quebec from May 2 and May 11 respectively. The Quebec route will be the only direct flight operating between London and the Canadian city.

British Airways is also set to launch a daily service to Islamabad from March 27 and restart its New York service from May 28. Qatar Airways will also resume its daily flight to Doha on June 5.

Existing long-haul services include destinations such as Tampa, Phuket, Mauritius, Toronto, Cancun, Antigua and Jamaica.

Stephanie Wear, VP of Aviation Development, Gatwick Airport said:

“Adding the likes of Bangkok, Quebec, Montreal and Islamabad to the fantastic selection of long-haul routes from Gatwick is great news for our passengers, including tourists and businesses across the south-east.

“The additions of Scoot and Norse Atlantic to the Gatwick family highlights the importance of Gatwick to airlines and we are equally delighted to welcome Qatar Airways back to the airport this summer too. As we look to grow back following the impacts of the pandemic, we hope to be able to add more long-haul routes to our range of destinations and continue to reconnect people and places across the world.”

Gatwick has advised passengers to arrive at the airport early from this weekend and to check the terminal they are flying from with their airline ahead of arriving.

Passengers using Gatwick will be able to use Vodafone’s next generation 5G mobile network across both the North and South Terminals.

Gatwick Express will also restart its nonstop service from London Victoria next month to “support the recovery of Gatwick airport and the South East economy”.