JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced it has officially launched service from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW). JetBlue’s daily nonstop service is part of the airline’s focus city strategy and its long-term transatlantic growth plans. London was the largest nonstop market not currently served by JetBlue from Boston and is among the most requested destinations from the airline’s large Boston customer base.
Last year, JetBlue launched its first-ever transatlantic service from New York-JFK to both Heathrow and Gatwick, London’s largest and busiest airports. The carrier plans to grow its transatlantic presence this year with new service from Boston Logan to London’s Heathrow Airport, launching September 20, 2022, and an additional Gatwick departure from New York starting October 29, 2022. Between JetBlue’s New York and Boston focus cities, the airline will offer five daily flights between the U.S. and the U.K. by October.
“Our London service from New York has been an incredible success and we are thrilled to finally bring this highly anticipated service to our Boston customers, a route that has long suffered from high fares by legacy carriers,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. “As Boston’s largest carrier, adding this nonstop service to Gatwick will only make us more relevant in our New England focus city and introduce JetBlue to a largely unserved market.”
“We are excited to welcome JetBlue’s first transatlantic service from Boston to London Gatwick,” said Massport CEO, Lisa Wieland. “We thank JetBlue for their continued partnership, and we look forward to the additional travel opportunities this will generate for our passengers.”
“We are thrilled that JetBlue is launching nonstop service between London and Boston. Visitors from the United Kingdom represent our top overseas source market,” said Martha Sheridan, Greater Boston CVB President & CEO. “Rebuilding this segment will be critical to the overall recovery of our visitor economy. We share many historical and cultural bonds with the UK and are so excited that JetBlue is investing in this route, which will surely be a great success!”
“We are delighted to welcome the launch of JetBlue’s new service between Boston and London. Demand for travel to the UK has returned to pre-pandemic levels, and the additional connectivity from Boston, a vital US market, will make it even easier for Americans looking to book their next trip over. As we head into the beautiful Autumn season, whether visitors are returning or discovering the UK for the first time, now is the perfect time to explore another side of Britain, filled with buzzing cities, exciting outdoor adventures, and iconic landmarks with a modern twist,” said Paul Gauger, VisitBritain’s Senior Vice President for the Americas.
Gatwick is the second busiest U.K. airport and JetBlue operates from the North Terminal, which has a range of passenger facilities, including a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Gatwick travelers benefit from a choice of convenient transport options including direct train links to Central London’s Victoria Station via the Gatwick Express and to stations across London via Thameslink and to Brighton and other South East coastal communities via Southern Railway.
JetBlue offers an enhanced airport experience at Gatwick with expedited security screening available to select JetBlue customers. The airline’s Even More® Speed option is now automatically included for Mint® customers, TrueBlue Mosaic® customers and Mosaic companions traveling on the same reservation, customers who have purchased a Blue Extra fare and for customers who have purchased an Even More Space seat. Applicable customers at Gatwick should follow signs for “Premium Security.”
“The addition of JetBlue’s Boston route is fantastic news for passengers and businesses across London and the south-east. Boston is not only a wonderful city to visit on holiday – playing a key role in American history – but is renowned as a thriving center for scientific research, innovation and technology. The wider state of Massachusetts is also a world leader in higher education, with Harvard University one of several top institutions,” said Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport. “With Gatwick’s direct train links to Cambridge – also known for its top university and as a hub for tech and bioscience industries – as well as more local businesses, this new connection will provide great opportunities for the whole region and beyond”.
Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Gatwick (LGW)
Daily service starting August 4, 2022 (Eastbound) & August 5, 2022 (Westbound)
*all times local
BOS-LGW Flight #2104
LGW-BOS Flight #1926
6:37 p.m. – 6:35 a.m.(+1)
12:25 p.m. – 3:13 p.m.
JetBlue flights between the U.S. and London are scheduled to operate using the Airbus A321LR aircraft with 24 Mint suites, 114 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior. The A321LR– offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft – along with the airline’s acclaimed service and attractive fares has proven to be a winning combination for flights between the U.S. and London.