Tampa Airport welcomes back British Airways route to London Gatwick
British Airways’ Tampa to London Gatwick
Tampa International Airport has welcomed back British Airways with a real fanfare after a 20-month hiatus, with the airline restoring its nonstop connection to London Gatwick. Celebrations included a beautiful cake, balloons and a band playing British songs at the gate. There was also a steel drum player, a pirate handing out beads, and giveaway bags for all arriving passengers.
Tampa’s nonstop service to London dates back to 1985. The route was the airport’s first nonstop international service and served as a key connector between Tampa Bay and Europe.
“We are delighted to restore this nonstop flight between Tampa Bay and London, celebrating the relationship we’ve enjoyed with British Airways for more than 30 years and the large positive economic impact this service has on our community and region,” said Chris Minner, Executive Vice President of Marketing. “Nonstop flights to the United Kingdom are a major focus of our international strategy, and it’s a wonderful feeling to see British Airways in our skies again.”
The UK is Tampa International Airport’s second-largest international tourism market behind Canada with more than 150,000 passengers having flown this nonstop route in 2019.
“We can’t wait to welcome our customers back onboard our Tampa flights and we are honoured to be playing our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart,” said Marie Hilditch, British Airways’ Head of North America Sales. “The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We know some customers won’t have flown for a long time, but we can assure them we have a range of COVID-19 measures in place to provide hassle-free travel.”
British Airways flights will operate five times weekly until December when the carrier is scheduled to increase to six days a week.