NEW YORK, April 18, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- British Airways is boosting its services between New York JFK and London by starting daily flights to Gatwick Airport beginning Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.

The new flights mean that the airline will fly 62 times each week from JFK to London as the Gatwick flights will operate in addition to 55 weekly flights to Heathrow.

Robin Hayes, British Airways' Executive Vice President, Americas, said: "The new Gatwick service will give our customers even more choice when flying between New York and London. Not only do we already have an extensive schedule from both JFK and Newark to Heathrow, but next year we will launch business-only flights to London City."

The new flights to Gatwick will use a Boeing 777, configured in four classes: First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins.

Also in October, British Airways will suspend its daily flight between New York and Manchester and will base the Boeing 767 aircraft that operates the service at Heathrow.

British Airways also will start new shorthaul routes from Gatwick this October with daily services to Oporto and Valencia. Second daily services from Gatwick to Alicante and Turin also will be added from the end of October. Flights to Warsaw will move from Gatwick to Heathrow in October.

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