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British Airways’ First Transatlantic Flight From London Gatwick Takes off for Tampa, Florida

Today, British Airways’ first transatlantic flight from London Gatwick since the onset of the pandemic took off for Tampa, with Orlando service to resume on November 19th. The carrier will operate service to more US airports this winter than any other transatlantic airline.


British Airways' Team Members Celebrate the First Transatlantic Flight From London Gatwick Since the Onset of the Pandemic, with Service to Tampa, Florida on Monday, November 15, 2021 - Courtesy British Airways

On Monday (November 15, 2021), British Airways announced that their first transatlantic flight from London Gatwick since the onset of the pandemic has taken off to Tampa, Florida. The carrier will also resume service between London Gatwick and Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 19, 2021. British Airways will operate to 23 US airports this winter with 246 weekly flights from January, more than any other transatlantic airline. Additionally, the carrier is launching Airbus A380 service from London Heathrow to Miami on December 5th, Los Angeles from December 9th and to Dallas on March 27, 2022.

In Monday’s announcement, British Airways Holidays’ Managing Director, Claire Bentley, said,


“Orlando and Tampa are among our most popular destinations, so we know how much our customers are looking forward to heading back. Florida is such a diverse state, so whether it’ s a relaxing beach holiday, a theme park adventure or an epic road trip, there's something for every type traveller. In addition, we're offering a wide range of British Airways Holidays deals to suit every budget.”


British Airways’ first flight to the US when restrictions were lifted on November 8th was the airline’s BA001 flight to New York-JFK, where guests received a New York welcome upon arrival, after more than 600 days of closed borders. British Airways is currently operating seven daily flights to New York, increasing to eight from mid-December.



Source: British Airways