British Airways has announced a 15 per cent increase in flights from Gatwick after snapping up the slots previously used by Monarch.
The airline will add routes to Palma, Menorca and Gibraltar for the summer 2018 season, running from March 25 to October 27.
BA will also increase frequencies on routes from Gatwick to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Madeira.
These moves will increase the number of BA flights operated during the peak summer weeks from 1,000 to 1,150 per week. BA confirmed that “a small number” of these flights will be operated by charter specialist Titan Airways.
BA is also to operate an extra 400 flights from Gatwick between February 9 and March 24.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ CEO, said: “Over the last five years our operation at Gatwick has seen 40 per cent more customers travelling, with passenger numbers increasing from 4.4 million to 6.2 million.
“We’ve also increased the number of routes we serve by more than 50 per cent; in 2012 we flew to 48 different destinations, whereas now we serve 74. This undoubtedly highlights our commitment and focus to growing our Gatwick operation.”