British Airways is to reinstate a connection between London Gatwick and Manchester after a hiatus of many years.
The route was suspended during a long process of “de-hubbing” BA’s operation at Gatwick with a focus on point-to-point traffic. It was a one of a number of domestic routes suspended at Gatwick including Aberdeen and Newcastle.
At present, timetables indicate that the route will operate once-daily. An early morning departure from Manchester will facilitate connections to long-haul flights at Gatwick.
BA is also transferring long-haul flights from London Heathrow Accra, Doha and Islamabad to Gatwick from 28 March 2021.
More broadly, this does suggest that BA is intent on restoring its short-haul operation at Gatwick next summer and preserving its slot portfolio.
That said, as ever in the current environment everything is subject to change at short notice.
Flights are on sale now at ba.com
Thanks to SeanM1997 for timetable information.
London Gatwick – Manchester
Flight BA2508 Depart London Gatwick 09:45 – Arrive Manchester 10:55 (Daily, except Monday & Friday)
Flight BA2508 Depart London Gatwick 09:55 – Arrive Manchester 11:05 (Monday & Friday)
Flight BA2509 Depart Manchester 07:00 – Arrive London Gatwick 08:15 (Daily except Tuesday)
Flight BA2509 Depart Manchester 07:10 – Arrive London Gatwick 08:25 (Tuesday)