Continental drops Gatwick-NY and Houston flights

9 Sep 2008 by Mark Caswell

Continental Airlines is to pull its transatlantic flights from Gatwick to both New York and Houston next month, in favour of a third daily flight from Heathrow to the Big Apple.

The changes take effect on October 26, and bring to an end Continental’s year-round presence at Gatwick (the carrier says it plans to continue to operate its summer service to Cleveland).

The carrier launched its current twice-daily Heathrow-New York Newark service in March this year when the Open Skies agreement took effect, and will increase this to three times a day from October. The route will be plied with 777-200, 767-200 and 757-200 aircraft depending on flight timings (click here to view the full schedule and aircraft type).

This latest dropping of flights from Gatwick is another blow to the airport’s scheduled long-haul status. Canadian carrier Zoom (which flew from Gatwick to New JFK) went bust last month (see online news August 29), and Hong Kong-based Oasis (which plied the Gatwick-Hong Kong route) ceased operations in April (see online news April 9).

US carrier Delta dropped its Gatwick-New York flights at the end of August, but British Airways says that its route from Gatwick to the Big Apple will launch as planned on October 26.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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