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JetBlue gains permanent slots at London Heathrow Airport, adds new flights to London

JetBlue Airways today announced a series of new milestones related to its growing low-fare London service which further advances the airline’s transatlantic growth and brings even more attractive fares and award-winning service to some of the busiest and most competitive travel corridors in the world. The airline has secured permanent slots at Heathrow, is adding a new Gatwick departure from New York and is improving the airport experience for customers in the United Kingdom.

Securing Slots

JetBlue has received permanent slots at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) for flights starting October 29, 2022, which secures the airline’s long-term future at the iconic global hub. Permanent slots allow JetBlue to retain its presence and visibility at the U.K.’s busiest airport as it continues to grow its base of transatlantic travelers. JetBlue appreciates the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with the support provided by the Departments of Commerce and State and our new Ambassador and the entire team at the U.S. Embassy in London.

JetBlue operates from Heathrow’s newest terminal – Terminal 2 – which offers travelers a modern airport experience with access to dozens of shops and restaurants. Heathrow travelers benefit from a variety of convenient ground transportation options including the Heathrow Express and London Underground, which offer rail connections with Central London.

Daily Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR)
Beginning October 29, 2022 (Eastbound) & October 30, 2022 (Westbound)

JFK – LHR Flight #007 LHR – JFK Flight #20
9:05 p.m. – 9:30 a.m. (+1) 10:45 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Growing at Gatwick

JetBlue today also announced is expanding its industry-leading transatlantic service with a third daily flight between New York City and London. Starting October 29, 2022, JetBlue will operate a second daily flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW). The new frequency will complement an existing daily flight between New York and Gatwick, as well as JetBlue’s once daily service between New York and Heathrow. Seats on all new Gatwick flights are on sale later today.

Gatwick is the second busiest U.K. airport and JetBlue operates from the North Terminal, which has a range of passenger facilities including a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Gatwick travelers benefit from a choice of convenient transport options including direct train links to the City of London via Thameslink and to Brighton and other South East Coastal communities via Southern Railway.

Daily Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Gatwick (LGW)
Beginning October 29, 2022 (Eastbound) & October 30, 2022 (Westbound)

JFK – LGW Flight #43

LGW – JFK Flight #44

7:47 p.m. – 8:16 a.m. (+1)

12:00 p.m. – 3:04 p.m.

JFK – LGW Flight #3

LGW – JFK Flight #4

9:59 p.m. – 10:22 a.m. (+1)

2:00 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

New (to) England

JetBlue’s transatlantic expansion in New York comes as the airline prepares to launch all-new London service in its Boston focus city this summer. Service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Gatwick launches August 4, 2022 and service between Boston and London Heathrow launches September 20, 2022.

Daily Schedule between Boston (BOS) and London Gatwick (LGW)
Beginning August 4, 2022 (Eastbound) & August 5, 2022 (Westbound)

BOS – LGW Flight #2104

LGW – BOS Flight #1926

6:37 p.m. – 6:35 a.m. (+1)

12:15 p.m. – 3:02 p.m.

Daily Schedule between Boston (BOS) and London Heathrow (LHR)
Beginning September 20, 2022 (Eastbound) & September 21, 2022 (Westbound)

BOS – LHR Flight #1620

LHR – BOS Flight #1621

6:45 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. (+1)

8:25 a.m. – 11:21 a.m.

Between JetBlue’s New York and Boston focus cities, the airline will offer five daily flights between the United Statesand the U.K. JetBlue is the only U.S. carrier to serve both Gatwick and Heathrow, offering customers on both sides of the Atlantic greater choice and convenience. JetBlue’s multi-airport approach in London, with diversified flying at the U.K.’s two busiest airports, has already allowed the airline to grow a meaningful customer base of loyal transatlantic fliers.

Speedier Security

JetBlue today also announced enhanced airport experiences at both Gatwick and Heathrow with new expedited security screening now available to select JetBlue customers. The airline’s Even More Speed option is now automatically included for Mint® customers, Mosaic customers and Mosaic companions traveling on the same reservation, customers who have purchased a Blue Extra fare and for customers who have purchased an Even More® Space seat. To take advantage of this new benefit, customers at Heathrow should follow signs for “Fast Track.” At Gatwick, customers should follow signs for “Premium Security.”

JetBlue flights between the U.S. and London are operated using the Airbus A321LR aircraft with 24 Mint suites, 114 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior.

JetBlue aircraft photo gallery:

Freebird Airlines returns to London’s Gatwick Airport

Freebird Airlines has returned to London’s Gatwick Airport.

The carrier was forced to suspend operations due to COVID-19.

The Turkish airline is now flying from LGW to Bodrum and Antalya.

The airline also flies from Manchester to Antalya.

Freebird Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

JetBlue to operate to London from Boston this summer

JetBlue Airways will restore flights between its Boston focus city and London starting this summer. New nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) takes off from the U.S. on July 19, 2022, followed by nonstop service between Boston and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on August 22, 2022.

Flights on both Gatwick and Heathrow routes will operate daily on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint suites, 114 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior. The A321LR platform – offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft – allows JetBlue to effectively compete with the airline’s award-winning service and attractive fares on flights between Boston and London.

Daily Schedule between Boston (BOS) and London Gatwick (LGW)
Beginning July 19, 2022 (Eastbound) & July 20, 2022 (Westbound)

BOS – LGW Flight #2104

LGW – BOS Flight #1926

6:37 p.m. – 6:35 a.m. (+1)

12:15 p.m. – 3:02 p.m.

A Home at Heathrow

JetBlue’s expanded presence at London Heathrow Airport, the city’s busiest, gives the U.S.-based travel company enhanced visibility at the iconic global hub to grow its base of travelers in the U.K. and beyond. JetBlue operates from Heathrow’s newest terminal – Terminal 2 – which offers travelers a modern airport experience with access to dozens of shops and restaurants. Heathrow travelers benefit from a variety of convenient ground transportation options including the Heathrow Express and London Underground, which offer rail connections with Central London.

Daily Schedule between Boston (BOS) and London Heathrow (LHR)
Beginning August 22, 2022 (Eastbound) & August 23, 2022 (Westbound)

BOS – LHR Flight #1620

LHR – BOS Flight #1621

6:32 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. (+1)

8:25 a.m. – 11:13 a.m.

 

London’s Heathrow Airport only served 19.4 million passengers in 2021

Heathrow Airport issued this statement on social media:

In December, at least 600,000 passengers cancelled travel plans from Heathrow Airport due to Omicron and travel restrictions. Heathrow Airport only welcomed 19.4 million passengers in 2021 – less than one quarter of 2019 and below even 2020 levels.

The full press release:

Aviation is in for long-haul recovery as Omicron causes at least 600,000 passengers to cancel travel plans in December from Heathrow

Heathrow Airport

 

  • COVID-19 continues to pose significant challenges for the travel industry, with Heathrow welcoming only 19.4 million passengers in 2021 – less than one quarter of 2019 and below even 2020 levels
  • At least 600,000 passengers cancelled travel plans from Heathrow in December due to Omicron and the uncertainty caused by swiftly imposed government travel restrictions
  • There is significant doubt over the speed at which demand will recover. IATA forecasts suggest passenger numbers will not reach pre-pandemic levels until 2025, provided travel restrictions are removed at both ends of a route and passengers have confidence they will not return rapidly
  • We are urging the UK government to remove all testing now for fully vaccinated passengers and to adopt a playbook for any future Variants of Concern that is more predictable, limits additional measures only to passengers from high-risk destinations and allows quarantine at home instead of in a hotel
  • This creates enormous uncertainty for the CAA in setting a new five-year regulatory settlement. We believe that the focus should be on improving passenger service, aligning incentives for airlines and airports to work together to rebuild passenger demand and maintaining affordable private financing in uncertain times. This is a chance to safeguard a world-leading hub airport for Britain and avoid a return to the “Heathrow hassle” days of the early 2000s, undermining the UK’s global trading ambitions

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“There are currently travel restrictions, such as testing, on all Heathrow routes – the aviation industry will only fully recover when these are all lifted and there is no risk that they will be reimposed at short notice, a situation which is likely to be years away. While this creates enormous uncertainty for the CAA in setting a new 5 year regulatory settlement, it means the regulator must focus on an outcome that improves service, incentivizes growth and maintains affordable private financing.”

 

Traffic Summary
December 2021
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
 Dec 2021 % Change Jan to
Dec 2021
% Change Jan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market            
UK              226 173.6           1,768 21.1           1,768 21.1
EU              815 134.0           7,258 -9.9           7,258 -9.9
Non-EU Europe              212 161.9           1,537 -13.8           1,537 -13.8
Africa              167 55.2           1,040 -9.4           1,040 -9.4
North America              798 540.4           3,338 -13.6           3,338 -13.6
Latin America              116 172.1              413 -4.3              413 -4.3
Middle East              483 114.6           2,301 -6.6           2,301 -6.6
Asia / Pacific              304 131.3           1,739 -40.3           1,739 -40.3
Total           3,122 173.0          19,393 -12.3          19,393 -12.3
Air Transport Movements  Dec 2021 % Change Jan to
Dec 2021
% Change Jan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market            
UK           2,118 113.3          17,214 13.5          17,214 13.5
EU           9,792 173.1          72,559 -11.9          72,559 -11.9
Non-EU Europe           2,102 165.7          14,433 -14.7          14,433 -14.7
Africa           1,006 32.7           7,886 5.7           7,886 5.7
North America           4,559 99.6          34,773 0.2          34,773 0.2
Latin America              609 90.3           3,157 6.6           3,157 6.6
Middle East           2,003 33.4          17,044 2.5          17,044 2.5
Asia / Pacific           2,443 14.2          22,966 -6.9          22,966 -6.9
Total          24,632 99.1        190,032 -5.4        190,032 -5.4
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
 Dec 2021 % Change Jan to
Dec 2021
% Change Jan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market            
UK                10 109.5              220 -9.7              220 -9.7
EU           9,093 7.1        121,195 59.3        121,195 59.3
Non-EU Europe           5,151 -12.3          67,602 46.8          67,602 46.8
Africa           8,581 0.1          77,595 12.2          77,595 12.2
North America          45,616 44.3        481,733 24.6        481,733 24.6
Latin America           3,109 -5.9          23,490 -30.4          23,490 -30.4
Middle East          19,471 5.4        228,617 8.0        228,617 8.0
Asia / Pacific          36,157 11.1        402,461 25.7        402,461 25.7
Total        127,188 16.8     1,402,913 22.6     1,402,913 22.6

JetBlue extends London Heathrow schedule through October 2022

JetBlue Airways today announced it is extending its transatlantic schedule for flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) through October 2022.

JetBlue was initially welcomed at Heathrow with temporary slots made available as entrenched, larger airlines reduced service during the pandemic. Since its successful transatlantic launch in August 2021, JetBlue has worked with the local authorities to ensure it can continue to shake up the route with much-needed competition.

Before JetBlue launched the route, travelers were limited to expensive flights between JFK and Heathrow, especially in the premium travel segment. JetBlue has set out to do what it does best – offer better service than the incumbent carriers while stimulating competition with low fares. Since launching the route in August, JetBlue has reduced premium fares by up to 50%.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR)

JFK – LHR Flight #007

LHR – JFK Flight #20

9:38 p.m. – 10:05 a.m. (+1)

2:00 p.m. – 5:08 p.m.

 

WestJet’s global network expanding to include London Heathrow from Calgary

WestJet has announced it will add nonstop service to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) beginning in early Spring 2022.

As WestJet continues to increase global connectivity from Western Canada, the addition of nonstop service between Calgary and London-Heathrow signals confidence in the recovery of business and leisure travel between both destinations.

Flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

With the addition of Heathrow to WestJet’s network this spring, WestJet will connect Calgary to 77 nonstop destinations throughout the year.  WestJet will also continue to offer non-stop flights between Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax to London, Gatwick.

Additional network details for travel between Calgary and London-Heathrow including frequency, timing and introductory pricing will be available, and for sale, in the coming weeks.

JetBlue arrives at London’s Gatwick Airport

JetBlue Airways today announced it has expanded its presence in the transatlantic market with new, nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

LGW joins LHR as JetBlue’s entry points into the United Kingdom.

The first customer-carrying JetBlue flight from the U.S. touched down at Gatwick just before 8 o’clock this morning, local time. The flights – which operate four times weekly in October, then daily onward from November – arrive well timed for the long-awaited easing of U.S. entry requirements for travelers from the U.K. and other European destinations.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Gatwick (LGW)

JFK – LGW Flight #43

LGW – JFK Flight #44

7:50 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. (+1)

12:00 p.m. – 3:33 p.m.

Gatwick is the second busiest U.K. airport and provides JetBlue with an important presence where it can attract a new base of travelers. JetBlue will operate from the North Terminal.

Airbus Aircraft

The A321LR platform – offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft – allows JetBlue to effectively compete, with award-winning service and low fares on flights between the U.S. and London. JetBlue converted 13 aircraft in its existing A321 order book to the LR version in April 2019 with the ability to convert more. Additionally, JetBlue has converted another 13 aircraft in its existing order book to the Extra-Long Range – or XLR – version of the A321.

The A321LR allows JetBlue to tap into new long-haul markets, like London, that were not previously accessible with the airline’s existing fleet. The LR’s range of up to 4,000 nautical miles is made possible by three additional center fuel tanks and the aircraft delivers 30 percent fuel savings and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generations of aircraft. JetBlue is also the global launch partner for the new Airspace by Airbus cabin, bringing long-haul style to the A321 for the first time ever.

JetBlue’s A321LR is powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The GTF engine, with its revolutionary geared fan technology, is transforming aviation by delivering game-changing economic and environmental performance. The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine also incorporates advances in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and other major technology improvements.

Air Astana to return to London Heathrow in September

Air Astana has announced it will resume the route linking Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), the capital of Kazakhstan, with London Heathrow starting on September 18, 2021.

The route will be operated with Airbus A321LR aircraft.

The airline made this announcement:

Air Astana is ready to bring you to London for a business trip or study. We will perform this flight on the Airbus A321Neo LR twice a week from the city of Nur-Sultan from September 18.

JetBlue arrives in London

JetBlue Airways today (August 12) arrived for the first time in London (Heathrow) with its new Airbus A321-271NX WL.

The first flight was operated with N4022J.

Video:

JetBlue issued this statement:

JetBlue Airways today announced it has officially entered the transatlantic market with new, nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The first customer-carrying JetBlue flight between the U.S. and the U.K. touched down at Heathrow just before 10 o’clock this morning, local time. The highly anticipated milestone – aimed at shaking up the transatlantic market with the airline’s award-winning service and attractive fares – marks the first time JetBlue has served a destination beyond the 100+ cities it flies to throughout the Americas. With new service in the United Kingdom, JetBlue now operates in 26 countries.

Photo: JetBlue’s inaugural flight from New York-JFK to London Heathrow Airport arrives in the U.K. on August 12, 2021, marking the first-ever transatlantic service by the U.S.-based travel company. (Photo: Business Wire)

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR)

JFK – LHR Flight #007

LHR – JFK Flight #20

9:48 p.m. – 10:10 a.m. (+1)

2:05 p.m. – 5:28 p.m.

The Airport

JetBlue’s presence at London Heathrow Airport gives the U.S.-based travel company visibility at an iconic global hub to build a new base of travelers in the U.K. and beyond. JetBlue will operate from Heathrow’s newest terminal – Terminal 2 – which offers travelers a modern airport experience with access to dozens of shops and restaurants. Heathrow travelers benefit from a variety of convenient ground transportation options including the Heathrow Express and London Underground, which offer rail connections with Central London.

Flights between New York-JFK and Heathrow operate daily in August and four times weekly in September on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint suites, 114 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior.