Delta has announced new service from New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS) to London-Gatwick (LGW) starting in the summer of 2020. These new routes will be operated in partnership with Virgin Atlantic.
In New York, the additional flight adds to Delta and Virgin’s combined eight daily flights to London-Heathrow. For Boston, Gatwick will be the eighth nonstop transatlantic destination on Delta and its partners. Full Gatwick schedule details will be released later this year.
The Most Northeast Transatlantic Service
Delta notes that together with its joint venture partners, they offer their customers the most transatlantic flights and seats out of the northeast United States.
I would’ve thought that distinction went to American Airlines and its joint venture partners British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair. However, upon further inspection, American and its partners apparently only have the most nonstops from the U.S. to London-Heathrow (LHR). Of note, British Airways does serve London-Gatwick from New York (JFK) with a once daily flight.
Interestingly, London Gatwick was actually the destination for Delta’s very first transatlantic flight more than 40 years ago, when service began from Atlanta.
Flash forward to 2020 and this will be a nice addition to Delta and Virgin’s portfolio out of both JFK and Boston, especially for leisure travelers who are the predominant market at Gatwick.