The new Shanghai route is a response to an increase in demand from Gatwick passengers for flights to China.
Gatwick has announced passenger numbers have reached an all-time high, with the airport welcoming 26.5 million visitors in the six months to September 30th.
From March, Norwegian will serve Miami International Airport and San Francisco International Airport from London Gatwick, replacing its existing flights to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland airports.
Norwegian has launched the UK’s first low-fare flights to Brazil with a brand-new direct route from London to Rio de Janeiro. Norwegian offers a growing network of long-haul flights from London Gatwick to 12 popular USA destinations and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The new Gatwick connection to Hungary’s capital will see Wizz Air increase its presence at London’s second busiest airport, where it already operates flights three times daily to the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
London Gatwick has welcomed 46 million passengers in the last twelve months – the first time ever the airport has achieved this passenger milestone. Gatwick also claimed it had been able to serve more passengers while at the same time reducing the number of residents within its noise footprint.
Heathrow has reported strong passenger growth for October, up 4.4 per cent on the same month last year. At the same time, London Gatwick has announced that the airport has achieved over four million passengers in the month of October for the first time ever.
Turkish Airlines will be operating the only direct flight from London Gatwick to Ankara, Turkey, from January 9th. Flights will depart from London Gatwick and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Norwegian’s non-stop service to Tampa Bay has commenced, offering consumers an affordable way to access Florida’s west coast. The new service will operate twice-weekly from London Gatwick to Tampa International Airport.
Thousands of passengers who need assistance will be affected when more than 250 workers stage three 48-hour stoppages from 05:00 on November 20th, ending at 05:00 on November 22nd.
Gatwick Airport has set out a controversial vision for its future with the publication of a new draft master plan. The plan is being announced to the airport’s independent consultative committee GATCOM which meets today.
Stewart Wingate, chief executive, London Gatwick said: “With our long-haul network thriving, we’re in a strong position to support a post-Brexit Britain, when long-haul connections to countries like China will be more important than ever before.”