British Airways is to launch services from Gatwick to Sharm el-Sheik in Egypt and the Maldives from October 25 this year.

The services will run three times a week on Boeing 777 aircraft. This will be the first time the airline has flown to the Maldives. It previously served Sharm el-Sheikh through its franchise operator GB Airways, which was sold to easyJet in March 2008.

Lead-in fares from Gatwick to Male will start from £629 return, and flights to Sharm el-Sheikh will start from £339. Tickets went on sale on May 29.

The airline is also scrapping its Gatwick to New York service from the same date and will replace it with its first London City to New York route later this year.

It continues to operate up to 10 flights a day from Heathrow to New York.

A BA spokeswoman said the Gatwick to New York route had “not been peforming”.