Monarch Airlines will offer 11 flights per week between London Gatwick and Barcelona this winter, in competition with EasyJet’s existing itinerary. The daily flights will increase to eleven times weekly from October 20th.
EasyJet currently serves the Barcelona route from London Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, and the no-frills specialist recently confirmed it will put on flights to Barcelona and Ibiza next year from its latest hub, London Southend airport in Essex. BA already flies to the Catalan city from Heathrow and London City.
Bmi is also launching routes from Heathrow to Agadir in Morocco (Tuesdays/Saturdays from November 1st) and also to the French city of Nice in late autumn, just in time to escape for a blast of winter sunshine. Flights commence October 29th; the carrier already serves Marrakech and Casablanca (both new routes from Heathrow this year). EasyJet currently flies to Agadir (from Gatwick) twice-weekly, the same frequency as Ryanair (from Stansted).
It’ll be easier to get to the south of France, too, starting October 30th as Bmi is putting on a flight once a day to Nice starting August 25th, increasing to twice-daily in October. The Bmi flights will compete directly with British Airways on the Heathrow-Nice route – BA also offer flights to the French city from London City airport, while Easyjet currently flies from Gatwick, Stansted and Luton.