Jetblue has launched four-times-weekly flights between New York JFK and London’s Gatwick airport. The new service is the carrier’s second transatlantic route, following the debut of flights between JFK and Heathrow in August.
The route is being operated aboard the airline’s new A321LR, the same aircraft type as the Heathrow service, which offers 24 Mint business class suites, and 114 economy seats.
Flights depart New York JFK at 7:50 PM, arriving into Gatwick at 7:55 AM the following day. The return leaves London at noon and lands in New York at 3:33 PM.
The Jetblue flights – which are set to increase to daily in November – are currently the only nonstop service between the US and London Gatwick. The airline also said that its planned Boston-London service “remains on track to start in summer 2022.”
According to Jetblue, the Gatwick route is “well timed,” on the news that the US is poised to lift certain testing and quarantine restrictions for inbound travelers who are fully vaccinated. Although the Biden administration has given no date yet for the policy change, the announcement has prompted a dramatic boost in air travel demand to and from the US.
“With a 500 percent increase in Jetblue’s UK bookings following news of easing US entry requirements for international travelers, it’s clear there is significant pent up demand for travel between our two countries,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and chief operating officer.