British Airways will resume its London Gatwick-New York JFK service in May after an absence of seven years.
The carrier will roster a three-class B777-200, with 40 seats in Club World (business), 24 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 216 in World Traveller (economy), on to the daily route.
BA previously operated the LGW to New York JFK route between 1988 and 2002 and from 2008 to 2009, when it was suspended for “commercial reasons”.
From May 1, BA will be the only airline to fly to New York from Gatwick, Heathrow and London City airports, the carrier said.
Outbound service BA2273 will depart Gatwick at 1640 and arrive at JFK at 1930. Return leg BA2272 will leave JFK at 2200 and land at Gatwick at 1000 the next day.
Lynne Embleton, BA’s managing director at LGW, said: “The new route from Gatwick to New York’s JFK airport will enable us to offer access to a third London airport, giving our customers maximum choice and flexibility…
“The new route also complements our almost hourly service from Heathrow, thanks to our transatlantic Joint Business with American Airlines. Customers can choose from 13 daily British Airways flights and another three on American Airlines to New York, as well as our double-daily business class only service from London City.”
Next week, BA wll add a sixth “enhanced” meal option for its long-haul economy passengers flying from Heathrow (see news, October 19).