British Airways offers direct flights from London to Lima

British Airways has announced the launch of direct flights from London to the capital city of Lima starting summer 2016, bringing back South America on its route map.

Starting May 4, 2016, the thrice weekly service from Gatwick will operate a three-cabin British Airways Boeing 777, offering holiday-makers and business travellers the only direct flights between London and Lima.

During the summer months the three flights will depart on Wednesday from Gatwick at 13:50, arriving in Lima at 20:25; while on Friday and Sunday, flights will depart Gatwick at 11:55 and arrive in Lima at 18:30. From October 30, 2016, the twice-weekly winter flights will depart on Wednesday and Sunday, leaving Gatwick at 10:15 on a Tuesday and landing in Lima at 17:55.

Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ managing director at Gatwick, said: ‘With the world-famous Inca Trail and the incredible citadel of Machu Picchu, there’s nowhere quite like Peru. Its rich cultural heritage makes it one of the most popular places in South America to visit and explore.

‘It is great to be the only airline to offer direct services between London and Peru. Lima is a fantastic gateway to some of the most dramatic places to visit in South America and will also provide a new link for British business seeking to invest in Peru’s growing market.’

Year-round prices start from £765 for those flying in World Traveller, £1,185 in World Traveller Plus and £2,549 for those in fully-flat Club World seats. All fares are inclusive of taxes and charges.

Lima is the latest destination offered by British Airways, following the introduction of Costa Rica from Gatwick earlier this month. Other new holiday routes started by British Airways from Gatwick this year include Cagliari, Madeira and Seville, with flights set to start soon to Sharm El Sheikh, Valencia and Vienna, the airline said in a recent release.