MIAMI — British Airways is the latest carrier to announce new flights to Fort lauderdale. The carrier announced plans to start services from London Gatwick, starting on July 6, 2017.
The new route will be served three times a week (four during summer), operated by the carrier’s 275-seat Boeing 777-200, with 40 business, 24 premium economy and 203 economy class seats, the airline said in a press release.
The flights will depart from Gatwick at 09:25 and arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 13:45 while the return flight will leave Fort Lauderdale at 17:00, arriving into Gatwick at 06:30 the next day, all local times.
Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial for Gatwick, said he expects the flight to be popular with tourists headed for South Florida’s beaches and cruises.
British Airways is set to become the second airline serving Fort Lauderdale from London Gatwick after Norwegian Air Shuttle, which offers two weekly flights.
Currently, British Airways has flights from Gatwick to Tampa and Orlando, with six and four weekly flights each. Miami is also served 12 times a week with flights from London Heathrow.
Recently, Emirates Airline announced plans to start a non-stop service from Dubai, set to start on December 15, marking the airport’s first non-stop route to the Middle East.
“British Airways will bring Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport a new option for travel to Europe and beyond with a tradition of outstanding service and a variety of travel amenities,” said Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department.
In the last years, Fort Lauderdale has seen an extensive growth in international service, with new carriers such as Norwegian, Condor and Brazil’s Azul. The airport is currently undergoing a $2.4 billion modernization plan, intended to cope with the groing demand, and that includes an expansion of its International Terminal T4.
The airport is readying the opening of its International Concourse at T1, which will be destined to Southwest Airlines’ international flights.