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JetBlue Announces Flights To A Second London Airport

by SharonKurheg

JetBlue’s expansion into the U.K. has been something of a rollercoaster ride. There were cheers of happiness when the airline first announced its plans to fly into England. Then Covid happened and they said starting the flights would be delayed.

Covid or no Covid, they were initially still a little coy about which airport they were going to fly into (to be fair, it sounded like they really weren’t sure). But by the fall of 2020, they finally said they were able to secure London Heathrow.

JetBlue’s flights between there and New York-JFK finally launched in August, 2021. But now there’s even more good news – they’re also going to start flying from JFK to London Gatwick!

The flights to London Gatwick will begin on September 29th. They’ll initially be scheduled four times per week but will increase to daily flights in November.

Prices at the time of this writing start at $440 per person in October and $381 from November onward, but then increase to $501 and higher during the summer months.

As per Forbes, JetBlue says its multi-airport London strategy is timed “for the long-awaited easing of U.S. entry requirements for travelers from the U.K. and other European destinations.”

“With a 500% increase in JetBlue’s U.K. bookings following news of easing U.S. entry requirements for international travelers, it’s clear there is significant pent-up demand for travel between our two countries. Our Gatwick launch is well-timed to meet the growing number of customers returning to the skies,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue.

This flight will be the only one that flies nonstop between the U.S. and London Gatwick.

Plans for continued expansion, from Boston Logan to the U.K., are still on course to start next summer.

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5 comments

derek October 5, 2021 - 5:19 pm

Before Heathrow was supposed to be for important people and riff raff Americans had to fly to Gatwick. Then nearly all flights were to Heathrow.

I still think Heathrow sounds better but Gatwick can be more convenient. The Underground to/from Heathrow can be crowded but the train to Gatwick is comfortable and cheaper than the Heathrow train, which leaves from Paddington, not the most convenient to many locations. So my current thinking is that it’s ok to use Gatwick! The riff raff airport is now Luton.

The really classy airport, I have only visited, but not used as a passenger. That is London City. Unfortunately, the BA JFK-LCY, LCY-SNN-JFK flights are now gone. A colleague of mine had a chance to fly as a day time JFK-LCY that but stupidly chose a red eye JFK-LHR. I was also going to LHR at the same time but from the west coast so LCY was not an option for me.

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Angela October 5, 2021 - 8:28 pm

I few years ago, we flew ORD to DUB on Aer Lingus, then DUB to LCY on BA. It was great! I would fly in and out of there anytime I had the opportunity.

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A October 5, 2021 - 5:54 pm

What are you talking about!? This isn’t news at all. Everyone knew it would always be split between LHR and LGW and both airports have been on sale since launch.

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SharonKurheg October 5, 2021 - 6:42 pm

I guess for you it wasn’t news. For many of our readers, it was. That’s why our blog is called “Your Mileage May Vary” 😉

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CHRIS October 5, 2021 - 9:10 pm

Red light, green light, red light…..vacation cancelled.
I’m not ready to take a chance on the British or any EU country for that matter. A hair-triggered decusion has the potential to cost me thousands.

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