Air India to launch 5X weekly flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick in August 2024

Air India’s flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick have been coming for so long that everyone thought they wouldn’t happen anymore. Finally, Air India announced the launch of these flights today.

Air India to launch flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick

Air India has announced it will start non-stop services between Bengaluru and London Gatwick (LGW) starting August 18, 2024, making Bengaluru the fifth Indian city to be connected to the UK’s second-largest airport. The airline will use its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on the route, featuring 18 flat beds in Business class and 238 spacious seats in Economy. With the introduction of this flight, Bengaluru Airport will get connectivity both to London Heathrow and London Gatwick, becoming the only Indian airport to get connectivity to both.

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Air India will operate 5x weekly between Bengaluru and London Gatwick, thus taking the total count of its flights to and from London Gatwick to 17x weekly.

On the occasion, Campbell Wilson, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director Air India, said,

We are delighted to offer our guests convenient, non-stop flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick. This new route caters to the growing demand for travel between these two important business and leisure destinations, and strengthens our commitment to expanding our global network,

The schedule of the flights is as follows.

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Bookings for the flights have been opened on Air India’s official website (, mobile app, and authorised travel agents and partners.

Air India currently connects four other Indian cities to London Gatwick, namely Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, and Kochi. The airline additionally operates 31x weekly to London Heathrow and 6x weekly to and from Birmingham. Vistara, all set to merge with Air India in the coming months, operates seven weekly flights to London Heathrow.

London Gatwick is the second port of call for airlines after filling their Heathrow slots. Emirates, for instance, flies to all three London airports (Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick). It is not very difficult to get into the city centre from London Gatwick, connected with The Gatwick Express, which runs every 15 minutes ​and takes​ 30 minutes​ to reach Central London.


Air India has announced the launch of flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick, effective August 18, 2024. The airline will operate five weekly flights between BLR and LGW with the 787-8 aircraft—currently, flights from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa and Kochi head to LGW.

What do you make of the expansion of Air India’s operations at London Gatwick?

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  1. Any news on whether they will invest in a dedicated lounge at both Heathrow and Gatwick?

    Heathrow had always had it but even Gatwick is average 2.5 flights a day with Air India and potential for even more.

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