A new long-term strategic commercial partnership has been agreed between Gatwick and Thomson Airways to enable the airline to build on its strong presence at the airport.

The airline, the third largest at Gatwick, has taken delivery of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners this year and has been operating flights to Cancun, Sanford Orlando and Phuket.

It will be introducing Dreamliner routes to Mauritius and Puerto Vallarta next summer.

Thomson Airways managing director Chris Browne said: “We are delighted to further develop our longstanding relationship with London Gatwick through this new agreement which gives us more certainty than ever at the airport to make long term growth plans.

“We will continue to modernise our aircraft fleet to enhance the holiday experience for our customers and are particularly looking forward to developing our long haul offer on the revolutionary Dreamliner from Gatwick.

“We will also work closely with the airport to ensure we are providing the best experience possible for our customers, across every point of their journey through the airport.”

Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “Thomson and Gatwick have enjoyed a long and successful relationship over many years.

“This commercial partnership will ensure passengers can look forward to many more years of destination and service innovation from Thomson in the future.

“Thomson’s commitment to investing in new aircraft such as the Dreamliner, which is changing the shape of the aviation industry, and delivering greater choice to passengers, is well aligned to Gatwick’s own relentless focus on delivering the very best passenger experience and our ambitious plans for expansion.”