Heathrow press releases

25 March, 2014

Garuda exit shows that only a hub can sustain long-haul routes

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Garuda has chosen to use Amsterdam Schiphol as its European base rather than operate from a point-to-point airport in the UK. Airlines that have been unable to access slots at Heathrow have been unable to sustain long-haul flights at Gatwick. Now those routes are being lost to the Netherlands and other competing European economies.

Direct long-haul flights are critical to supporting trade and growth. UK businesses trade 20 times more with emerging markets that have daily flights than those with less frequent or no direct service.

Colin Matthews, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport said:

A single hub airport is the only way to connect the UK to the fastest growing economies because it’s the only model that can sustain long-haul flights.

“Heathrow doesn’t oppose a second runway at Gatwick which serves predominantly short haul, low cost airlines. But new capacity at Gatwick will not provide the hub capacity needed by network airlines to put on new long haul routes.

“For the UK to compete in the global race for jobs and growth we need a hub airport with direct long-haul connections to the world’s fastest growing economies.”

 

Long-haul airlines that have withdrawn all flights from Gatwick since 2008:

 

 

Year

Airline

From

To

Status

2008

American Airlines

Gatwick

Dallas

Cancelled

2008

Oasis Hong Kong

Gatwick

Hong Kong

Cancelled

2008

Continental Airlines

Gatwick

NY & Houston

Cancelled

2008

Zoom Airlines

Gatwick

Ottawa

Cancelled

2008

Nationwide Airlines

Gatwick

Johannesburg

Cancelled

2009

Air Namibia

Gatwick

Windhoek

Cancelled

2009

Oman Air

Gatwick

Muscat

Cancelled

2009

Fly Globespan

Gatwick

Vancouver

Cancelled

2010

Ghana International Airlines

Gatwick

Accra

Cancelled

2010

Mexicana

Gatwick

Mexico City

Cancelled

2011

Qatar Airways

Gatwick

Doha

Cancelled

2011

Sunwing Airlines

Gatwick

Toronto

Cancelled

2012

Hong Kong Airlines

Gatwick

Hong Kong

Cancelled

2012

Air Nigeria

Gatwick

Lagos

Cancelled

2012

Air Asia X

Gatwick

Kuala Lumpur

Cancelled

2012

Delta

Gatwick

Atlanta

Cancelled

2012

Cubana

Gatwick

Havana

Cancelled

2012

Korean Air

Gatwick

Seoul

Cancelled

2013

US Airways

Gatwick

Charlotte

Cancelled

2013

Air China

Gatwick

Beijing

Cancelled

2014

Garuda Indonesia

Gatwick

Jakarta

Cancelled

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