Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. plans to use its first Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner for flights from London’s Heathrow airport to Boston, with the initial batch of jets all destined for U.S. east coast routes.
Norwegian Air Shuttle AS will fly to three U.S. cities from Gatwick airport starting next year, expanding the discount carrier’s long-haul reach and restoring links between London’s second-biggest airport and New York.
London Gatwick airport told a U.K. government commission into future flight capacity that it could add a second runway for as little as 5 billion pounds ($7.7 billion), eliminating the need for a single U.K. hub.
London’s Heathrow airport welcomed its first passengers to a 2.5 billion-pound ($4.2 billion) terminal today, aiming to avoid the chaos of the last major opening and bolster its case for remaining a major hub.
The chaos that followed flooding on Christmas Eve at London Gatwick shows airports across the U.K. must improve their contingency planning and ensure they put passengers’ interests first, lawmakers said.
Heathrow Airport Ltd. said Development Director John Holland-Kaye will succeed Chief Executive Officer Colin Matthews, entrusting him to lead the fight for a third runway to defend its position as Europe’s busiest hub.