British Airways announces September sale

British Airways has announced the launch of its annual September Sale with deals to some 150 destinations across its global network.

With the new schedule of flights, customers can take a trip to New York for £299 return, San Francisco for £348 return or Miami for £349 return. Those looking for a trip to the Caribbean beaches of Antigua or St Lucia can do so for £384 return and £399 return respectively or to Seychelles for £499 return. Dubai return flights start from £299, and Muscat flights start from £399 return.

The airline is also offering a range of holiday packages in the sale this year. These include seven-night European beach breaks (including flights and hotels) from £179 per person, including to Corfu and Sardinia, seven-night holidays to the newly launched destination of Montego Bay from £619 per person, seven-night holidays to Barbados from £549pp, Orlando from £399pp and New York from £379pp. During the September Sale, British Airways Holidays is offering complimentary access to the Galleries Club Lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5 when booking a flight + hotel package for seven nights or more for travel between September 3 and December 24, 2020, subject to certain conditions.

In addition, British Airways has over one million seats available for £39 or less each-way. Destinations include Geneva, Venice and Rome.

Andrew Brem, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: ‘We know that many of our customers are eager to start exploring the world again and that’s why we are offering them great prices coupled with flexible booking options. Customers who book during the September Sale can take a voucher if they change their minds and we believe that this, alongside enhanced safety measures at the airport and onboard, will give customers the confidence to book their next getaway and get travelling again.’

As part of the September Sale, the airline is also offering a number of Avios part payment deals.

British Airways starts new route to Montego, resumes services to Caribbean Islands

British Airways has recently announced plans to commence a new route between Gatwick and Montego Bay in Jamaica from October 13, 2020.

Montego Bay is a sought-after tourist hotspot, known for its beaches, water sports, resorts and nightlife. Flights to Montego Bay, which will be operated by a three-cabin (World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World) Boeing 777, will depart on Tuesdays and Saturdays and are now on sale on ba.com, with prices starting from £427 return. The Montego Bay service will operate over the winter period until Easter 2021.

As part of its commitment to the Caribbean, the airline resumed flying to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and Jamaica and St Lucia in July, although with reduced frequencies.

Diane Corrie, British Airways’ commercial manager for the Caribbean, said: ‘We’re excited to be extending our network once again between London Gatwick and the Caribbean with the start of this new flight to Montego Bay in October, as well as resuming our services to Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and St Lucia.

‘We know people are keen to travel and the sunshine and beaches across the Caribbean combined with great resorts and entertainment makes it a winning destination. And with flights to our new Montego Bay route starting from under £500 return, what’s not to love?!’

Colin Pegler, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Chapter UK & Europe, said: ‘The CTO Chapter UK & Europe is greatly encouraged by BA’s return to the Caribbean. As one of the Caribbean’s most crucial and longstanding flight partners we are delighted to see such endorsement from our national carrier. It is vital to the region, our tour operator, hotel and destination partners that the resumption of airlift is quick and comprehensive as we look forward to welcoming tourists once more.’

British Airways has introduced a range of measures to keep its staff and customers safe from the health risks of Covid 19. These include: checking-in online, downloading boarding pass and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate; observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports; wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights; urging customers to avoid travel in case of any symptoms of Covid-19; requiring cabin crew to wear PPE and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers, among others.

British Airways announces August schedule, to resume services to more destinations

British Airways has said that it will resume services to more destinations throughout August, although on low frequencies due to the continued impact of Covid-19 across the globe.

In Europe flights will resume to the holiday destinations of Bari, Bastia, Bodrum, Bordeaux, Catania, Figari, Frankfurt, Genoa, Kefalonia, Lyon, Luxembourg, Malta, Paphos and Pula, while Antigua, Islamabad and Nairobi will join the long-haul line-up. Flights currently start from £31 each way to Europe.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: ‘We’re gradually returning to more of our network and will be flying to some great holiday destinations over the summer with seats from as little as £31 each way.

‘We know people want to be able to book with confidence, so we’ve introduced a range of flexible booking options to set their minds at rest, such as being able to change a booking free of charge or cancel and receive a voucher for travel at a later date.’

BA Holidays is offering a range of deals for customers, including: seven nights holiday to Paphos, Cyprus with stay at the Helios Bay Hotel Apartments & Villas from £459 per person; two nights holiday to Milan with stay at the 4-star Marconi Hotel from £149 per person; seven nights holiday to Catania, Sicily at the Best Western Hotel Mediterraneo from £489 per person; and two nights holiday to Frankfurt at the 4-star Bristol Hotel from £149 per person. In addition, British Airways’ lead-in flight only fares to Europe for this summer include Nice with fares from £31 each way, Venice from £35 each way, Palermo from £39 each way and Corfu from £48 each way. Reservations for the respective destinations can be done until August 9, at ba.com, available for travel until August 31.

To reduce the risks due to Covid-19, British Airways has introduced a range of measures for customers and crew to follow. These include: checking-in online, downloading boarding pass and self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate where possible; observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers placed throughout airports; wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights; urging customers to avoid travel in case of any symptoms of Covid-19; PPE for cabin crew and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers.

British Airways to resume year round services between Newquay and Heathrow

Cornwall Airport has said that its air links with London will resume on Friday July 24, with British Airways operating services between Newquay and Heathrow.

British Airways will initially begin operating three flights a week in July, increasing to five a week in August and daily from September. The service will operate under a Public Service Obligation, which provides financial support, if required, to ensure the route is maintained year-round. Tickets are available at www.ba.com.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said: ‘I welcome the arrival of British Airways in Cornwall to operate our key route between Newquay and London. This PSO service not only protects Cornwall’s links with London, but will also offer excellent connectivity around the world into the future.

‘While it is vital for our residents and business community that direct flights between Newquay and London are reinstated, we are taking a measured approach at this time and I am pleased that British Airways has recognised the importance of a phased return of the London service.’

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘The London route forms the cornerstone of our recovery strategy at Cornwall Airport Newquay. In securing a British Airways service to Heathrow, I’m confident we have the fantastic airline partner and London gateway that Cornwall deserves.’

Separately, Cornwall Airport Newquay said that its newest airline partner, Eastern Airways, has commenced operation between Cornwall and Teesside International. The route will operate initially on Mondays and Fridays. Eastern Airways will also be operating flights between Cornwall and Leeds-Bradford, restoring the popular route later on this week. Flights are bookable now at easternairways.com

Commercial flights were set to resume at Cornwall Airport Newquay from July 4, as new measures have been put in place to ensure safety for passengers and staff. Temperature screening has been introduced at the terminal building and anyone over the age of 11 will have to wear a face covering. Passenger flow around the airport has been re-worked to support social distancing, and enhanced cleaning regimes have been introduced.

British Airways to resume services to more destinations throughout July

British Airways has said that it will resume flying to more destinations across its network throughout July, operating fewer frequencies due to reduced demand amid global quarantine restrictions.

By the end of July, the airline will return to more short haul destinations across the UK and Europe, including Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Lower fares available for those looking to get away include Nice and Barcelona from GBP55, Lisbon from GBP64, Rome from GBP65 and Malaga from GBP78, all each way.

Domestic flights will resume between London and Belfast, Inverness, Jersey, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay, and the airline will move to double daily services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

British Airways will also return to a few of its normal long-haul routes by the end of July. Services will resume across the Americas including flights to Bermuda, Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Toronto. These join flights to San Francisco, which restarted in June along with destinations including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and Washington, with a limited schedule. The Caribbean will also see British Airways return from July to Barbados and Kingston.

In addition to Hong Kong and Singapore in the Far East, which were resumed in June, services to Haneda in Japan will also start operations.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: ‘Following months of lockdown and stress, we know people will want to travel to be reunited with friends and family and to take a well-deserved break.

‘We have put in place measures – to UK Government and aviation regulator standards – to ensure we’re doing all we can to protect the wellbeing of our customers and colleagues and we’ll be asking them to play their part in that too.’

British Airways has introduced a range of measures to keep its customers safe and is asking customers to abide by the new measures to help manage the wellness of everyone travelling. The measures include checking-in online, observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers available throughout airports, wearing facemasks at all times, PPE for cabin crew, a new food service that reduces the number of interactions required with customers, asking customers to avoid travel if they have any symptoms of Covid-19, as well as thorough cleaning and disinfection of aircrafts.

British Airways to fly back thousands of British travellers stranded in India

British Airways will fly back thousands of British travellers stranded in India as a result of the Covid-19 crisis to the UK this week.

The airline is flying back thousands of travellers as part of 65 rescue flights that have either operated or are planned to operate in the coming days from destinations worldwide. The airline is also carrying hundreds of tonnes of essential supplies including medicines and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the UK through IAG Cargo. More flights from India to the UK will continue to operate this week. The repatriation effort has been collaboration between the UK and Indian Government authorities, British Airways and the airport teams in both Britain and India.

In India, the airline will serve 11 airports across the country with special flight departures over a period of two weeks. Flights are taking off from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai, and the airline has also extended its operation to serve additional cities which include Goa, Amritsar, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: ‘It is an honour to support the government’s repatriation efforts and keep a small fleet of aircraft flying to bring stranded Britons back to the UK. When families step foot on board our aircraft and tell us how emotional it feels to be coming home, it reminds us why the job we are doing is still so important. We are hugely proud of our colleagues who continue to work with such dedication and commitment through this crisis to fly people and essential supplies across the world.’

The Foreign Office’s Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, said: ‘We know this is a difficult time for British travellers in India and we are pleased to have partnered with airlines, including British Airways, to get them home.

‘This is a huge and logistically-complex operation, and we are working tirelessly with the Indian Government and state authorities to help more British travellers get home.’

Any British national who may have not got confirmed travel back to the UK are advised to visit the India Travel Advice page (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/return-to-the-uk) and use the city-specific webpages to register themselves, the airline said.

British Airways carries vital medical supplies to Britain from China

British Airways has said that it is flying to deliver vital medical supplies, including PPE and ventilators, from China to London, to assist the NHS in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

The flight was operated in partnership with the UK Government and IAG Cargo. The British Airways Boeing 777 is loaded with ventilators as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) including goggles, face guards and gowns.

The British Embassy is working with the Department of Health to procure medical equipment from China and deliver it to NHS hospitals all over the UK. The flight was made possible after the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) gave permission to reopen British Airways’ regular Shanghai to Heathrow passenger route for cargo use.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, said: ‘We are doing all we can to support the global response to Covid-19, whether it’s flying important medical supplies in to the UK or helping to bring Britons home. We will continue to use all available resources to support the Government, the NHS and communities all over the world who might be in need of our help.’

Minister of State for Asia, Nigel Adams said: ‘I am delighted that we have been able to reopen the British Airways route from Shanghai to deliver lifesaving equipment that we have bought for the NHS.

‘We have been working round the clock to bolster the NHS supplies and save lives and we are seeking further deliveries as a matter of urgency.’

The flight on April 9 is the first of several British Airways flights containing medical equipment and supplies coming in to the UK from China. In the next days, 55 tonnes of hand sanitiser – equivalent to around 62,000 large bottles – will arrive in the UK on a similar flight from Shanghai.

British Airways along with its sister company, IAG Cargo is flying supplies around the world. Since March, IAG Cargo and airlines within International Airlines Group (IAG) including Aer Lingus and Iberia have been working to bring medical supplies to Europe to help in the fight against the impact of the Covid-19.

British Airways increases flights from Nairobi to evacuate UK nationals amid COVID-19 crisis

British Airways has increased its flights from Nairobi to London as part of efforts to evacuate British nationals looking to return home amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, on online report said.

The move comes ahead of the ban on international flights that comes into effect on Wednesday midnight as a measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

The United Kingdom Embassy in Kenya has, in a tweet, urged individuals to reserve their flight as early as possible. ‘British Airways have opened up a small number of additional flights from Nairobi to London, for those wishing to return to the UK. We recommend you book on as early a flight as possible. Please visit http://ba.com to book,’ it said.

The British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott highlighted that the flights were only outbound. ‘I should stress that these are outbound (Nairobi to London) only. No one will be allowed to enter Kenya, so the London-Nairobi leg will be empty. What I now know is called a ‘ghost flight’,’ she said.

On Sunday Kenya Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that only cargo planes will be allowed to enter the country with the crew required to observe strict safety guidelines. The government further directed that individuals entering the country before the suspension takes effect will undergo mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense.

The Cabinet Secretary added that countries wishing to evacuate their nationals must make arrangements to do so before Wednesday, March 25, midnight.

The government issued the directive after Kenya reported increasing number of imported COVID-19 cases. The Kenyan government confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 24, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 25.

British Airways announces six new routes from Heathrow for summer 2020

British Airways has said that it is launching six new European routes from London Heathrow for 2020, with destinations in Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey.

For the first time, the UK airline will fly from Heathrow to the Kosovan and Montenegrin capitals, Pristina and Podgorica, with both flights departing on Saturdays from July 4 until August 29. Fares will start from £78 in Euro Traveller and £210 in Club Europe to Pristina, and £71 and £178 to Podgorica. Seats are available to book on ba.com, and the each-way fares are based on booking a return fare.

British Airways has also introduced a new route to Perugia in Italy for summer 2020. Flights will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from July 2 through to August 31, with fares starting from £40 per person in Euro Traveller and £125 in Club Europe.

Further, the Turkish coastal towns of Dalaman and Bodrum are now added back on to British Airways’ Heathrow route map. Flights will depart on Saturdays from May 23 through to October 24, with fares starting from £128 in Euro Traveller and £364 in Club Europe. These flights will join a new summer service between London Gatwick and Antalya that takes off from April 30, 2020. Customers will also have the choice of two London airports when flying to Dalaman as the airline already operates a weekly service from Gatwick.

The Greek island of Rhodes has also been added to the airline’s Heathrow network from next summer. The Saturday service will commence on July 4 and run until August 29 with fares starting from £117 per person in Euro Traveller and £358 in Club Europe. British Airways is also launching a new two-per-week service from Gatwick to the Greek island of Corfu from May 1 until October 23, 2020.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘We are gearing up for an exciting summer next year as we add more routes to our extensive global network. We’re always developing our leisure offering and are pleased to be adding completely new destinations to British Airways’ Heathrow map. Our commitment to offering flights and holidays to a wide variety of destinations at competitive prices can help people plan ahead for summer 2020.’

The airline is also increasing the frequency of 16 popular short haul routes from Heathrow, including popular holiday destinations such as; Larnaca, Brindisi, Nice, Ibiza, Tenerife, Split, Olbia, Kefalonia and Preveza, it said.

British Airways plans to move to Beijing Daxing later this year

British Airways has recently announced that all its direct flights to and from Heathrow and Beijing will move to the new Daxing airport from October 27, 2019.

British Airways is the first international airline to move all operations to Beijing Daxing, in recognition of the increasing travel between China and the UK.

The new airport is around 50km from both Beijing city centre and the Xiong’an New Area and around 80km from Tianjin. With over 52,000 square metres available for retail, food and beverage and services, Beijing Daxing boasts over 300 shops and restaurants and a brand-new partner lounge.

Noella Ferns, British Airways’ Executive Vice President in Greater China and the Philippines, said: ‘We are very excited to be moving to Beijing Daxing. Not only will the new airport offer our customers flying to and from Beijing a world-class experience, with state-of-the-art facilities including an improved lounge for our Club World and First customers; but it will also support our ambition to increase leisure and business travel between China and the UK.’

Beijing Daxing is set to open in September 2019, and will initially house four runways and one terminal building. The London to Beijing route will continue as a daily service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 in the winter and a Boeing 777-300 in the summer, with four cabins: First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy). Return fares will start from £387 for World Traveller, £758 for World Traveller Plus, £1,899 for Club World and £2,199 for First. Customers who choose to cut the cost of flights, by using Avios part payment, could pay £187 plus 39,000 Avios. The airport move will also help British Airways to strengthen and develop its network through its code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines, which will also be based at the new airport. British Airways and China Southern Airlines launched a code-share agreement across 10 routes in 2017. In January 2019, the airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the agreement on each other’s networks and implement reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, British Airways said in its release. on; \lsds