British Airways is continuing to grow its schedule from London Gatwick Airport by increasing the frequency of its flights to Tampa in Florida from five times weekly to a daily service.
BA says it is the only long-haul carrier to fly to Tampa, which reduces immigration queues significantly for UK visitors.
In addition to increasing its flights from Gatwick to Tampa, British Airways has enhanced its Gatwick presence on other routes recently. The airline has launched flights to Cancun in addition to routes it added in 2009, such as to Male, in the Maldives; Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay in Jamaica.
British Airways now operates to a total of 47 destinations from London Gatwick Airport, 33 domestic and European destinations and 14 long-haul destinations. In November this year, the airline is planning to move its flights to Mauritius from London Heathrow to Gatwick.
A gateway for Clearwater, St Petersburg and Sarasota, as well as a host of other vacation destinations on the Gulf coast, Tampa is also a leisure destination in its own right. The city has a distinct Caribbean influence due to the large influx of immigrants over the years. The city’s multicultural heritage can be found in Ybor City, home of the Tampa Latin Quarter and the centre of the Cuban cigar boom in the early 20th century.
Tampa also provides an easy gateway to Orlando, Tampa International Airport (TPA) providing a useful alternative to the much busier Orlando International Airport. Orlando is less than one and a half hours’ drive from TPA.
British Airways is expecting its customers to benefit from a £900 million ($1.45 billion) investment by Global Infrastructure Partners, Gatwick Airport’s operator, to upgrade and modernize the airport’s North and South Terminals.