Norwegian launches Gatwick – Miami & San Francisco

Norwegian is to switch its routes from Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland to Miami and San Francisco from Sunday 31 March 2019.

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Miami Design District
Miami Design District (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

Norwegian continues to reshape its network at London Gatwick.

After suspending Singapore and launching Rio de Janeiro, it will switch its existing routes to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland to Miami and San Francisco International respectively.

The changes will take effect from Sunday 31 March 2019. Norwegian will fly to Miami daily and to San Francisco five times weekly.

Norwegian cites passenger demand and increased cargo capabilities for the decision. This is similar to low cost short-haul airlines who first started flying to secondary airports in Europe and then moved to primary airports as they reached maturity. Norwegian will continue to serve a number of cities in mainland Europe from Fort Lauderdale and Oakland.

This will leave Oakland with no direct service to London after BA suspended the route this year.

BA did also launch Fort Lauderdale after Norwegian. Its CEO Alex Cruz did say that serving Fort Lauderdale from Gatwick and Miami from Heathrow works well for passengers wanting a choice of Florida airports, so it looks like this will continue.

Flights are on sale now at Norwegian.

Flying Over The Florida Keys

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Sunset at the Florida Keys
Sunset at the Florida Keys (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

The Florida Keys, as the southernmost point of the US, have long been a popular escape from winter in the Northern hemisphere for those seeking a more bohemian alternative to the crowds and overt self-confidence of Miami Beach. And it has better sunsets.

You can of course drive there, but there is also the option of flying. Many US airlines, through their regional affiliates, fly to Key West International Airport with varying degrees of frequency from their respective hubs. American Airlines from Dallas Fort Worth and Miami; Delta from Atlanta; and United from Chicago O’Hare and Newark.

You’ll also see a number of private plans on the airfield at Key West. Other than that it’s largely Silver Airways flights to the Florida region, an airline we don’t know enough about to comment on – though online reviews don’t instil confidence.

It’s flying between Miami and Key West over the Florida Keys on American Eagle that we’ll cover as it is the most likely route for visitors to Florida.

American serves the route many times a day, typically using Embraer E175 aircraft operated by Republic Airlines under the American Eagle livery.

American Eagle Embraer E175 aircraft at Key West airport
American Eagle Embraer E175 aircraft at Key West airport (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

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BA Miami & New York temporary lounge changes

Here are details of temporary lounge closures and facility changes in Miami and New York JFK Terminal 7 in July 2018.

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South Beach, Miami (Image Credit: London Air Travel)
South Beach, Miami (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

Here are details of two temporary lounge changes affecting BA passengers flying out of Miami and New York JFK in July 2018:

Miami

BA’s designated lounge at Miami airport is the Premium Lounge which it shares with other Oneworld alliance members such as Iberia, Finnair and Qatar Airways.

This is located on the fifth floor of Concourse E in the Central Terminal. This lounge is temporarily closed for repairs from Monday 2 July 2018 for approximately five weeks.

If you’ve ever visited the lounge you would know that whilst it is certainly spacious, the decor does scream “1980s office lobby”. I was told well over a year ago by a member of staff that the lounge was due to be refurbished, but there seems to be no sign of this happening yet.

Whilst the lounge is closed, BA passengers can use the American Airlines Flagship® lounge near Gate 30 of Concourse D in the North Terminal.

This is a relatively new lounge. By any measure, it will be a significant improvement with much more modern decor and a better choice of food and beverage more suited to pre-departure on an international flight. Like the Premium Lounge, it does have showers. Under Oneworld alliance lounge access rules, eligible BA passengers have access to this lounge in any event.

Whilst Concourses D and E are interlinked, it will be much longer walk from the lounge to the BA departure gates. Note that if the BA flight is departing from Gates E20-E33 there is a train to these gates on level four of Concourse E, as per this official map.

(From experience of flying into and out of Miami many times over the years, the only thing that can be said with any certainty is that each time it’s different so the best advice is just be prepared for it not to be the same as before.)

New York JFK Terminal 7

BA is also in the the process of refurbishing New York JFK Terminal 7.

As part of this, the Elemis travel spa and showers in the Galleries Club lounge are closed from Saturday 7 July 2018 to Monday 30 July 2018 for refurbishment, so there will be no pre-flight showers available.

The Galleries First lounge appears to be still closed for refurbishment and there are no showers in the remaining BA lounge at JFK Terminal 7, the Concorde Room, which is for First Class passengers and Concorde Room cardholders only.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Wednesday 13 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Wednesday 13 September.

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Hurricane Irma – Miami Beach (Image Credit: CNN)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida and The Caribbean on Wednesday 13 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

Please see our Hurrican Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2156 St Kitts and Antigua to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2157 London Gatwick to Antigua and St Kitts is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick is is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa is is scheduled to operate.

Norwegian

Flight DY7045 London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale is scheduled to operate.

Flight DY7046 Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS15 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS16 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Tuesday 12 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Tuesday 12 September.

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Hurricane Irma – Miami Beach (Image Credit: CNN)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida and The Caribbean on Tuesday 12 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

Please see our Hurrican Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA226 Atlanta to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA227 London Heathrow to Atlanta is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2156 Tobago and Antigua to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2157 London Gatwick to Antigua and Tobago is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa is cancelled.

Norwegian

Flight DY7057 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight DY7058 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight VS103 London Heathrow to Atlanta is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS104 Atlanta to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS27 London Gatwick to Orlando is scheduled to operate.

Flight VS28 Orlando to London Gatwick is scheduled to operate.

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Monday 11 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Monday 11 September.

Hurricane Irma - Naples (Credit: MSNBC)
Hurricane Irma – Naples (Credit: MSNBC)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida, The Caribbean and Atlanta on Monday 11 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

Please see our Hurrican Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA226 Atlanta to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA227 London Heathrow to Atlanta is cancelled.

Flight BA253 London Heathrow to Nassau and Grand Cayman is scheduled to operate.

Flight BA252 Grand Cayman and Nassau to London Heathrow is scheduled to operate.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa is cancelled.

Flight BA2168 Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2169 London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale is cancelled.

Norwegian

Flight DY7045 London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale is cancelled.

Flight DY7046 Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight VS103 London Heathrow to Atlanta is cancelled.

Flight VS104 Atlanta to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS15 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS16 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight VS27 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS28 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight VS63 London Gatwick to Havana is cancelled.

Flight VS64 Havana to London Gatwick is cancelled.

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Sunday 10 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Sunday 10 September.

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma (Image Credit: CNN)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida and The Caribbean on Sunday 10 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

There are extensive cancellations to Miami, Orlando and Tampa as these airports have suspended commercial operations.

Please see our Hurricane Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA253 London Heathrow to Grand Cayman via Nassau has been rerouted will operate direct from London Heathrow to Grand Cayman only.

Flight BA252 Grand Cayman to London Heathrow via Nassau has been rerouted and will not stop at Nassau.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2157 Antigua to Providenciales is cancelled.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa is cancelled.

Flight BA2256 Providenciales to Antigua is cancelled.

Norwegian

Flight DY7058 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS15 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS16 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled

Flight VS27 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS28 Orlando to London Gatwick is cancelled

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma: London Flights Saturday 9 September

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricane Irma on Saturday 9 September.

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma (Image Credit: CNN)

Here are confirmed cancellations for flights between London and Florida and The Caribbean on Saturday 9 September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma by order of airline flight code.

Please see our Hurricane Irma page for more information on the hurricane.

There are extensive cancellations to Antigua and Miami as well as cancellations and retimed flights to Orlando and Tampa.

American Airlines

Flight AA38 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA39 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight AA56 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight AA57 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

British Airways – London Heathrow

Flight BA206 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA207 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight BA208 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Flight BA209 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

British Airways – London Gatwick

Flight BA2036 Orlando to London Gatwick is operating but will depart earlier than scheduled at 15:35 rather than 17:35.

Flight BA2037 London Gatwick to Orlando is operating but will depart earlier than scheduled at 09:20 rather than 11:20.

Flight BA2038 Orlando to London Gatwick is operating but will depart earlier than scheduled at 16:45 rather than 19:55.

Flight BA2039 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight BA2157 London Gatwick to Antigua and St Kitts is cancelled.

Flight BA2166 Tampa to London Gatwick has been retimed to an earlier departure of 17:00 rather than 18:20.

Flight BA2167 London Gatwick to Tampa has been retimed to an earlier departure of 10:35 rather than 11:35.

Flight BA2169 London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale is cancelled.

Flight BA2168 Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Flight BA2256 St Kitts and Antigua to London Gatwick is cancelled.

Norwegian – London Gatwick

Flight DY7057 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Heathrow

Flight VS5 London Heathrow to Miami is cancelled.

Flight VS6 Miami to London Heathrow is cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic – London Gatwick

Flight VS15 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS16 Orlando to London Gatwick will depart at the earlier time of 16:00 rather than 18:10.

Flight VS27 London Gatwick to Orlando is cancelled.

Flight VS28 Orlando to London Gatwick will depart at the earlier time of 16:30 rather than 18:25.

Flight VS33 London Gatwick to Antigua is cancelled.

Flight VS34 Antigua to London Gatwick is cancelled.

For more flight information please see our dedicated Hurricane Irma page.

For more flight status information please see the arrivals and departures pages of GatwickHeathrow, American AirlinesBritish Airways, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma: Airline rebooking policies

Here are details of rebooking policies of American Airlines, BA, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic in response to Hurricane Irma.

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Hurricane Irma - Naples (Credit: MSNBC)
Hurricane Irma – Naples – Sunday 10 September(Credit: MSNBC)

In response to Hurricane Irma, here are the published rebooking policies by airline.  Given the very fluid situation and unknown extent of disruption both the dates of flights eligible for proactive rebooking may change and the date up to which you can rebook may change (as they have already done) in the coming days.

Please note that if you have booked a tour package via a travel agent, the options below may not apply and you should contact your travel agent directly.

It is also worth noting that if you are due to fly via Miami on BA or Virgin to another destination in the Americas it is worth exploring an alternative routing via the hubs of their partner airlines.

BA has extensive codeshares with Iberia from Madrid and American Airlines from hubs such as Dallas Forth Worth and New York JFK.  Virgin also has extensive codeshares with Delta from hubs such as Atlanta and New York JFK.

If your flight is cancelled you will be entitled to a full refund and reimbursement of reasonable incidental expenses.  If your flight is operating but you choose to rebook to an alternative date/destination any consequential costs may not be met by the airline.

It’s also worth noting that many smaller hotels / guest houses in Florida have already closed for business until next week.  Larger properties have also waived change / cancellation fees.

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London flight cancellations due to Hurricane Irma

Here are details of cancelled and rerouted flights to and from London due to Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia.

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Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma (Image Credit: CNN)

As at 22:00 BST on Thursday 7 September 2017, there are no less than three hurricanes on the Atlantic ocean.  These are hurricanes Irma, Jose & Katia.  There have been, and will continue to be, cancellations of flights to the Caribbean and Florida.  Some flights have also be retimed and rerouted.  

There are extensive cancellations to Miami International Airport over the weekend with long-haul flights cancelled and US domestic airlines also suspending operations from Friday evening through to Sunday at the earliest.   The airport’s Twitter feed contains up to date guidance for passengers due to travel through the airport.

Airlines have also introduced flexible rebooking policies for passengers due to travel to the region in the coming days.

Hurricane information from public bodies and media

The best source of information of the progress of Hurricane Irma is the National Hurricane Center and its Atlantic operations Twitter feed..

There is also evacuation guidance from The City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County.

For television news coverage outside the US CNN International will be rebroadcasting CNN’s US domestic service over much of the weekend.

A large number of local TV stations in Florida are also streaming live coverage including:

Miami: WPLG – ABC 10, WFOR – CBS 4, WTVJ – NBC 6 and WSVN FOX 7.

Tampa: WFTS – ABC 28, WFLA – NBC 8, WTSP – CBS 10 and WTVT – Fox 13.

Orlando: WFTV – ABC 9, WESH -NBC 2, WKMG – CBS 6 and WOFL – FOX 35

The Miami Herald is also free to access during the hurricane.

Rebooking Policies

Here are the published rebooking policies by airline.  Please note that if you have booked a tour package via a travel agent, the options below may not apply and you should contact your travel agent directly.

It is also worth noting that if you are due to fly via Miami on BA or Virgin to another destination in the Americas it is worth exploring an alternative routing via the hubs of their partner airlines.

BA has extensive codeshares with Iberia from Madrid and American Airlines from hubs such as Dallas Forth Worth and New York JFK.  Virgin also has extensive codeshares with Delta from hubs such as Atlanta and New York JFK.

If your flight is cancelled you will be entitled to a full refund and reimbursement of reasonable incidental expenses.  If your flight is operating but you choose to rebook to an alternative date/destination any consequential costs may not be met by the airline.

It’s also worth noting that many smaller hotels / guest houses in Florida have already closed for business until next week.  Larger properties have also waived change / cancellation fees.

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