British Airways has increased the amount of weekly flights between Gatwick and Florida’s Tampa International Airport.

This month’s announcement said that rather than just five times per week that BA would now be operating one nonstop flight to Tampa from Gatwick Airport each day of the week. The new flights began on the 1st of the month and are part of BA’s efforts to become the most dominant airline at the south London hub.

A statement from BA noted that it is the only international airline hosting nonstop flights to Tampa, meaning that those flying on this route could enjoy much shorter immigration queues than at busier US hubs. Tampa is also close to the busy Orlando International Airport, and the airline’s statement said that the Tampa’s airport is a good alternative airport for Britons holidaying to Orlando as it provides a much more relaxed airport experience.

British Airways also noted that Tampa boasts plenty of great attractions itself, including the beaches of Clearwater, St Petersburg and Sarasota, whilst the city itself is characterised by a notably ‘Caribbean’ feel.

BA has also recently added nonstop service to Cancun from Gatwick Airport as part of its expansion bid. It now hosts 47 routes from Gatwick, inclusive of the 14 long-haul routes.