British Airways has resumed short-haul international services from London Gatwick Airport after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
BA’s first European service from Gatwick departed for Larnaca in Cyprus on Tuesday March 29. The carrier’s short-haul international flights from Gatwick were suspended in 2020, with some routes moved to Heathrow as passenger numbers dwindled.
The flights will initially be operated under BA’s Air Operators Certificate (AOC) before switching to its new subsidiary BA Euroflyer later in the year, which was set up to operate short-haul services from Gatwick.
BA Euroflyer’s schedule will see it operate 35 European destinations from Gatwick before adding more destinations later this year.
Tom Stoddart, acting CEO of BA Euroflyer, called the resumption of European flights from Gatwick a “significant milestone”.
“I look forward to seeing our new subsidiary grow, add new routes and offer customers more options to get away from it all on holiday with premium service from British Airways,” he added.
All BA Euroflyer flights will feature a Club Europe business cabin offering passengers premium check-in, lounge access and complimentary on-board meal and bar service.
The return of BA’s European flights from Gatwick comes a day after the airline returned to Gatwick’s South Terminal, which reopened on March 27.