July route round-up

Here is a round-up of news items involving London airports announced during the last month:

British Airways is launching its daily London City-New York JFK service on 29th September, using an all-business configuration Airbus A318. Westbound service requires a technical stop in Shannon. A second daily service will follow on 13th October. The airline has also announced several changes to its European winter schedule. From 25th October, Gatwick services to Barcelona, Gibraltar, Madrid, Malaga and Pisa will be transferred to Heathrow, while services from Gatwick to Alicante, Krakow, Malta, Palma Mallorca and Varna will be suspended. A new five-times weekly Gatwick-Innsbruck service will start on 5th December. In other BA news, the airline will increase London Heathrow-Entebbe service from three to five weekly from 25th October, but will be dropping its First Class service to Tel Aviv for at least the winter season, switching equipment from the current four-class B777 service to a three-class one using B767s. Some winter frequency reductions have also been announced, notably a drop from three to two daily services from Heathrow to Newark and Chicago.

EasyJet launches a six-times-weekly Luton-Tel Aviv service on 2nd November. Services from Gatwick to Agadir and Porto start on the same day.  Luton-Sharm el Sheikh follows on 3rd November, and services from Stansted and Luton to Paphos, and Stansted-Fuerteventura are launched on 4th November.

Emirates will be launching a second daily A380 Dubai-Heathrow service on 2nd December.

Kingfisher Airlines is cancelling its Bangalore-Heathrow service on 15th September.

Ryanair will launch a twice-daily Oslo Rygge-Stansted service in October. It has also announced a massive expansion in its services to the Canary Islands this winter. New routes involving London airports are from Luton to Tenerife South, Las Palmas and Arrecife, and from Stansted to Las Palmas and Arrecife.

United Airlines will, for the first time since 2000, be operating a daily service from Heathrow to Brussels this autumn, as an extension from Chicago.

US Airways will be ending its Philadelphia-Gatwick service on 7th September.