British Airways announces new Heathrow- Almeria service starting March 2018

British Airways has announced its plans to operate a new service from London Heathrow to the southern Spanish city of Almeria, starting March next year.

Located in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea, Almeria is known for its Spaghetti Western film sets, medieval history and pristine beaches. The rocky coastline is punctuated with 40 designated sites around the Cabo de Gata Unesco marine reserve, and travellers can explore the coves of Cabo de Gata-Nijar nature reserve, or drive to the nearby Tabernas desert, the locale of Sergio Leone’s classic movie ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. The city also offers a vibrant night life with its tapas bars, and the clubs on Calle de las Tiendas.

British Airways will start a new twice-weekly service to Almeria on March 27, 2018. Flights will depart on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Heathrow Terminal 5 and operate until October 27, with hand baggage only return fares starting from GBP66 per person.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, said: ‘We’re extremely happy to start flying to Almeria, situated on part of Spain’s most unspoilt shores. If you want to jump into crystal clear water, explore the volcanic cliffs of the Wild West and drink sangria in the desert, then this stunning part of Andalucia is a dream holiday destination.

‘British Airways already operates 36 flights a week from Heathrow, Gatwick, London City and Stansted to nearby Malaga and two flights a week to Murcia, so holidaymakers now have even more choice to explore this diverse part of Spain.’

Flights include free online check-in and seat selection 24 hours prior to departure. British Airways customers will be able to choose from seats in Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins, when it begins flights, using Airbus A320s, with each aircraft offering up to 143 seats and up to 168 seats, respectively.

British Airways currently operates flights from the UK to 17 Spanish destinations, including Alicante, Barcelona, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Granada, Ibiza, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia and Seville. Later this month the airline will also launch direct flights from Heathrow to Tenerife for the winter season, it said.