Mr Plane Guy
Updated: Mar 1
TRAVEL NEWS! A round up of New flight routes from the UK for 2023
British Airways are planning on 3 new routes all to the Caribbean
London Gatwick to Aruba (Oranjestad)
From March 26, 2023, it will fly to Oranjestad in Aruba twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays, with a stop in Antigua en route. It seems though this has ended TUI 's direct weekly flight from London Gatwick with this stopping in March 2023.
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London Gatwick to Guyana (Georgetown)
British Airways will also be flying twice a week to Georgetown in Guyana from March 27, 2023. The flight, on Mondays and Thursdays, will be travelling via St Lucia.
London Gatwick to Trinidad (Port of Spain)
A direct route to Port of Spain in Trinidad — BA already serves the route via St Lucia but from March 26, 2023, it will be flying to the island directly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
London Heathrow to Kigali Rwanda
Rwanda Air will turn a previous route to Kigali via Brussels into a direct London Heathrow service. Operating 4 times per week from November the 6th 2022.
London Stansted to Athens
Jet2 has added Athens to its winter schedule
London Stansted to Rome
4 times per week also with JET2
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London Stansted to Bourgas in Bulgaria
A new Jet2 Twice weekly flight
London Stansted to Rome
As part of its summer schedule, Jet2 will also be flying to Rome four times a week from March 30.
London Stansted to Tivat in Montenegro
London Luton to Madrid
EasyJet launch 6 times per week flight
London Luton to Amman
Wizz Air’s new route to Amman is Starting December 13 2022, the airline will fly to the Jordanian capital three times a week.
Birmingham to Lisbon
Easyjet are offering a twice weekly service operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Birmingham to Scicily, Sardinia and Nice
all with JET 2
London Heathrow to Tampa
Virgin Atlantic have complimented their UK to Florida market share by offering a four times a week flight, increasing to daily from 28th November 2022.
Newquay to Dublin, London Stansted and Malaga!
From April 23, 2023, Ryanair will open service from NQY to Dublin, London Stansted and Malaga in Spain.
Newcastle to Dubai
From December 1st, Emirates will boost flying on the Dubai route from 5 times a week to daily.
London Gatwick to New York
From April Delta Airlines will return to London Gatwick after a 10 year plus absence, to offer a seasonal daily New York JFK.
Both Delta and Virgin Atlantic had planned between them daily JFK and Boston flights from 2020 but this was scrapped after Covid hit.
London Gatwick to Senegal
Weekly service on a TUI 737 MAX aircraft
TUI are launching new direct eight-hour flights to Senegal from the UK in November 2022.
Route Predictions for 2023
I think with the dollar rate being strong against the weak British pound will mean demand on inbound traffic to the UK, but not so much the other way! So perhaps a shift in capacity to Middle Eastern, African and more Asian routes popping up at some point in 2023.
Rumours of a Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow to Soul route to connect and interline them to joining the Skyteam alliance. I would also predict a route to compliment Kenya Airlines, perhaps a return to Nairobi? With rumours of another return to Dubai, Virgin Atlantic are quite known for dropping routes and then re introducing them if the market is right. They have dropped and returned to Chicago, Mumbai, Cape Town and even Nassau several times. However I would be surprised to see Virgin wanting to go head on with Emirates in this saturated market, so who knows!
Delta seem to be utilising at least one (so far) of Virgins slots at Gatwick on a daily JFK route to compete with British Airways, Jet Blue and Norse Atlantic Airways. Perhaps they will also take Jet Blue on with London Gatwick to Boston and further babysit Virgin's Gatwick slots?
Also predictions of Air Asia X returning to London Gatwick, perhaps Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur?
I would also predict Norse Atlantic Airways re introducing some of the pre Covid (under Norwegian branding) transatlantic routes, perhaps this time around growing a little bit more cautiously than the predecessor Norwegian. I think a London Gatwick to LA route is on its way very soon.
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For me I think the Luton to Amman route is the most exciting, whilst being on a Wizzair flight for 5 plus hours with 240 passengers squeezed in doesn't excite me! I know I will give the route a try and report back as Jordan has been on my bucket list the last couple of years!
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So lots of great new routes for 2023, as and when new routes are added I will update the list of New Flights from the UK for 2023.
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17 November 2022
Well I didn't see these coming......
Starting Oct 22nd 2023, Virgin Atlantic will fly a 787-9 three times a week from London Heathrow to the Maldives.
Turks & Caicos will be twice a week onboard a 787-9 also from London Heathrow and this route starts Nov 15th 2023.
01 January 2022
Launching 05 June 2023 British Airways will launch a 5 day a week flight from London Heathrow to Cincinatti
Lufthansa start daily flights from Frankfurt to Belfast and also twice daily to London Gatwick launching in April 2023!
So far JetBlue have launched a new flight from New York to Paris and also Norse Airways have launched flights also from Paris to JFK.
20 January 2023
More route launches from Wizz Air
Daily flights to Istanbul from March 2023
Daily Flights to Istanbul Launching in March 2023
4 times a week service to Antalya starting March 2023
4 times a week service to Dalaman starting May 2023
Air India also switch many flights from London Heathrow to London Gatwick allowing the airline to use slots at Heathrow to increase frequency to Mumbai and Delhi.
With flights from London Gatwick and Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Goa Dabolim, and Kochi International from March 26, 2023. According to an Air India statement, B787-8 aircraft will operate thrice weekly roundtrip frequencies across all four routes where the airline will enjoy sole operator status.
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UPDATES! 01 March 2023
As predicted Norse Airlines are (Norwegian Airlines long haul brand) is starting flights
From London Gatwick to Orlando
25 May 2023, four times a week in May and June and then a daily service in the height of the summer season
to Fort Lauderdale
26 May 2023 three times a week in May and June and four times a week for the rest of the summer season
San Fransisco 3 per week from 01 July ( should have started on the 4th!)
Los Angles Daily form 30 June 2023
Washington 6 times a week from 01 June 2023
and Boston 5 times a week from 02 September 2023
Surprising how they are going for huge rapid expansion for Summer 2023, apparently it was the huge expansion that brought Norwegian Airlines financial difficulty when they rapidly introduced these routes.
Norse Atlantic Airway operates a fleet of 6 787 aircraft with 2 further 787 in storage!