London Gatwick Airport has expanded its list of long-haul flights with passengers now offered a choice of 50 destinations, after the airport gained a new service to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines.

The new route, Gatwick’s first direct flight to the Ethiopian capital since 2006, will operate three times a week from 21 November.

It is just the latest of several new long-haul services to start at the Sussex hub in the next six months.

The addition of the Addis Ababa connection means Gatwick now offers more than 80% of its pre-Covid long-haul routes.

Norse Atlantic launch

Following Norse Atlantic launching five new US routes from London Gatwick earlier this year, the airline is due to start operating to Miami and Boston in September, before adding Kingston, Montego Bay and Bridgetown in October.

British Airways will start flying between London Gatwick and Accra, Ghana in October, following new flights to Las Vegas and Vancouver earlier this year.

Air Mauritius is also due to take off in October, with daily flights to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

London Gatwick’s long-haul destinations now span the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

50 long-haul routes a ‘milestone moment’

Jonathan Pollard, chief commercial officer, said: “Returning to 50 long-haul routes is a milestone moment for London Gatwick. While we’re delighted to offer passengers such an expansive range of short-haul routes across Europe, we’re also proud to provide connections to an increasing range of destinations around the world.

“These services are vital not only for offering people across London and the South East an excellent choice of holiday locations, or for visiting family and friends, but also for supporting local and regional businesses. Whether that’s outbound trade or inbound tourism, growing London Gatwick’s long-haul network is crucial for economic opportunities across the region.

“We look forward to welcoming Ethiopian Airlines to London Gatwick. This is the latest in a number of carriers looking to operate long-haul routes from Gatwick, which further highlights the strong demand for slots at our airport.”

The airport’s planning application to bring its northern runway back into regular use has recently been accepted for detailed examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).
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