British Airways has announced its biggest Gatwick summer schedule in almost 10 years, after acquiring lucrative take-off and landing slots left free by the demise of Monarch.
In summer 2017 the airline operated around 1,000 flights a week at its peak out of Gatwick.
More than 150 additional weekly flights have been added from the airport for summer 2018.
Weekly flights to Malaga will be boosted from 27 to 35, Alicante from 14 to 22 and Faro from 17 to 21, while the airline’s summer flights to Tenerife will increase from six per week to 13.
Madeira will be bolstered from six to nine per week and Lanzarote will rise from three to five flights per week.
BA chairman and CEO Alex Cruz said: “We are delighted to be able to further grow our presence at Gatwick by adding extra frequencies and improving our timetable.
“We are also introducing several new destinations to the Gatwick programme, including Palma (Majorca), Mahon (Menorca) and Gibraltar.
“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.”