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Delta and Virgin Atlantic have announced that they will begin to offer non-stop service to London’s Gatwick Airport from Boston Logan and New York JFK in summer 2020.
No specific schedule details have yet been revealed but we do know that the flights will go on sale later this year.
London-Gatwick will be the eighth nonstop trans-Atlantic destination that Delta and its partners offer out of Boson and the flights to Gatwick from New York will add to the 8 daily flights Delta and Virgin Atlantic already offer between NYC and London Heathrow.
As things stand Virgin Atlantic and Delta offer three daily flights between Boston and London between them so, even though we don’t know the frequency we can expect on the new Gatwick route, it should be reasonably safe to assume that the new route will represent a notable increase in capacity between Boson and London.
London-Gatwick isn’t an airport I particularly like but it may be a better option than Heathrow for people planning to take public transport into the center of London.
Heathrow offers the Heathrow Express which offers a fast 15-20 minute transfer into London’s Paddington Station…but Paddington isn’t particularly convenient to a lot of the areas of London where visitors tend to stay.
There’s always the option of taking the London Underground between Heathrow and central London but, apart from the fact you can feel yourself ageing on the journey (it takes forever!), the Underground isn’t great if you have a lot of baggage with you.
Passengers arriving at London’s Gatwick Airport have the option of taking the Gatwick Express into London and this service, which takes around 30 minutes, deposits travelers at London Victoria…and you’ll struggle to find a more centrally located railway terminal for London’s tourist areas.
We don’t yet know if it will be Delta or Virgin Atlantic which will operate the new services to London Gatwick but, considering Virgin already has a presence at Gatwick and Delta has none, I’m going to go ahead and guess that it will be Virgin Atlantic aircraft operating the new routes to London’s second airport.
This may not be a bad thing as Virgin is expected to unveil a significantly improved Business Class seat in the next few days while the new Business Class seat Delta will be offering on its shorter transatlantic routes looks like it may be a little underwhelming.