British Airways to commence CityFlyer service to Dublin from Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport has said that British Airways has added a new service to Dublin this summer.

With the new service, passengers will be able to fly from Southampton Airport to Dublin, capital of Ireland, and experience its rich history and cosmopolitan culture along with many shops, cafes and restaurants.

The route also enhances connectivity for cruisers with the summer cruise season set to commence from Southampton Port.

This new route, operated using BA CityFlyer, will fly once a week, starting May 15 until October.

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer AGS Airports Ltd, which owns and operates Southampton Airport said: ‘Last year was fantastic when we welcomed not only a host of new routes but a new airline to Southampton Airport.

‘We were thrilled to see BA CityFlyer’s routes take to the skies and with the addition of Dublin we are sure it will prove extremely popular this summer.’

‘BA’s commitment to deliver connectivity for Southampton and the wider region to some of the most popular destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France was very much welcomed by our passengers last year.’

Last year BA CityFlyer launched its new schedule from Southampton directly connecting England’s south coast with popular holiday destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France.

British Airways to partner with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

British Airways is partnering with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to become the first UK airline to formally recognise the Sunflower badging.

The move comes as satisfaction among customers with accessibility needs has more than doubled after the airline’s investment in a number of initiatives, including a specialist customer care team for travellers who require additional assistance.

Customers can choose to wear a Sunflower lanyard as an indication that they may require additional support, assistance or just a little more time while travelling. The initiative forms part of the airline’s efforts to make travel simple and easy for customers with additional assistance needs.

The airline’s new partnership with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower will see the organisation’s videos embedded into British Airways’ training modules. British Airways colleagues will also have access to specialised videos via the airline’s staff intranet. Passenger travelling with the airline will be able to better receive the support, assistance and understanding they require throughout their journey.

Commenting on the new partnership, Tom Stevens, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: ‘Almost half a million customers who require additional assistance fly with British Airways each year.

We’re proud to be the first UK airline to partner with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower and are committed to doing everything we can to support customers who may need additional assistance as part of our BA Better World programme, so they can have the best possible experience when travelling with us.’

Paul White, CEO of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower said: ‘I am delighted that British Airways is the first UK airline to launch the Sunflower. As well as being supported at over 130 airports globally, people with non-visible disabilities wearing the Sunflower will now be supported on British Airways flights. This a significant step in our goal for Sunflower wearers to be confident to travel independently knowing that they will be supported when they need to be.’

The British Airways Accessibility Team can be contacted via UK freephone number 0800 408 1100 from Monday to Saturday, 09:00 to 17:00. Outside of this time, customers can leave a message and the team will respond, British Airways said.

British Airways and Loganair expand codeshare agreement to include 18 new routes

British Airways and Loganair have recently announced a major expansion of their codeshare agreement, offering more choice and connectivity for customers travelling across the UK.

The expansion to 18 new routes will now give British Airways’ customers access to 38 of Loganair’s UK routes, allowing customers to book onward connections from destinations across the airline’s route network, or point to point travel in the UK more easily through British Airways’ website.

Loganair’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Hinkles, said: ‘We’re delighted to mark Loganair’s 60th anniversary with the expansion of our partnership with British Airways. Today’s addition of no fewer than 18 routes is great news for connectivity to and from the UK regions, and we’re confident that the ability to enjoy Executive Club benefits and a new range of seamless flight connections when flying on selected Loganair routes will bring welcome new choice for British Airways’ customers when flying in the UK regions. The development cements what we believe to be the longest-running relationship between two UK airlines, and it’s a partnership which will continue to deliver for customers throughout the UK.’

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘It is great news to be expanding our longstanding codeshare agreement with Loganair. This will create better connectivity and offer more choice for our customers between UK regions and destinations all over the world thanks to our expansive global route network and Loganair’s extensive regional services.’

Routes now available to book include: Aberdeen to Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, and Southampton; City of Derry to London and Liverpool; Cornwall Airport Newquay to Manchester; Exeter to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle; Isle of Man to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester; Inverness to Birmingham; Norwich to Aberdeen and Edinburgh and Teesside to Southampton.

Customers who book onto these selected routes operated by Loganair through ba.com can also earn Avios and Tier points as part of British Airways’ Executive Club programme.

British Airways’ customers travelling from Aberdeen or the Isle of Man to Manchester will also now be able to connect onto British Airways’ code share flights on other carriers, including oneworld partners, from the north-west hub. Destinations include New York, Barbados and Orlando.

British Airways announces resumption of transatlantic flight from Gatwick to Tampa

Following the reopening of US borders for British holidaymakers, British Airways has announced the resumption of its first US transatlantic flight from Gatwick to Tampa, Florida.

The airline’s services to Tampa will operate three times a week. British Airways will also resume flights from Gatwick to holiday-hotspot Orlando on Friday November 19. This is the first time the airline has operated to these destinations, and to the US from Gatwick, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

British Airways is planning on operating to 23 US airports this winter, more than any other transatlantic carrier, with 246 flights a week from January. Besides Tampa and Orlando from Gatwick, flights to much loved cities Nashville and New Orleans will restart in December from Heathrow.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: ‘Orlando and Tampa are among our most popular destinations, so we know how much our customers are looking forward to heading back. Florida is such a diverse state, so whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, a theme park adventure or an epic road trip, there’s something for every type traveller. In addition, we’re offering a wide range of British Airways Holidays deals to suit every budget.’

British Airways Holidays is also offering a number of holiday and fly-drive packages to Florida, including seven nights at the 3-star Ramada by Wyndham Kissimmee Gateway, Orlando from £499pp, travelling on selected dates between January 10 – January 31, 2022 inclusive; seven nights at the 3- star Universal’s Dockside Inn and Suites, Orlando from £969pp, travelling on selected dates between January 1- February 28, 2022 inclusive; seven nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Harbourside, Florida Beach (Tampa): from £599pp, travelling on selected dates between January 10- February 10, 2022 inclusive and seven days at Tampa, fly-drive from £699p travelling January 1- 28 February 22. Reservations can be made before December 6, at www.britishairways.com.

British Airways operated its first flight to the US when restrictions lifted on November 8 to JFK airport on the airline’s BA001 service. The airline’s A380s will operate to the US once again, with the super jumbo jet operating to Miami from Heathrow from December 5, Los Angeles from December 9 and Dallas from March 27. The airline is currently operating seven flights a day to New York, increasing to eight from mid-December.

British Airways resumes direct flights to London from San Diego International Airport

British Airways has resumed its nonstop service between London via Heathrow Airport (LHR) and San Diego International Airport (SAN).

The resumption comes after British Airways suspended the service in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline is the first carrier to resume nonstop service to Europe from San Diego.

‘Our global city needs efficient global connections and I’m grateful to British Airways for resuming service to London which will also provide access to other European countries,’ said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. ‘San Diego’s business community has been asking when this flight would return and after more than a year and a half, we welcome them back. This flight also allows families to reunite and tourists to visit America’s Finest City. Regaining service to London on British Airways will provide our region with an economic boost that contributes to our recovery.’

The year-round nonstop flights operate three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flight BA272 will depart San Diego at 7 p.m. and arrive in London the next day at 1:25 p.m. Flight BA273 will depart London at 1:45 p.m. and arrive in San Diego at 4:55 p.m. All flight times are local.

Traveling passengers are recommended to review the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) international travel recommendations as well as the UK Government’s health and travel requirements for the U.S. Before arriving in the United States, air passengers, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before boarding a flight to the U.S.

San Diego International Airport has an on-site COVID-19 testing option through Carbon Health for travellers wanting to get tested before a trip. Appointments are required and there is a fee for tests.

British Airways has introduced several measures at the airport and on board to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its customers and crew. These include social distancing measures, the wearing of face masks, and hand sanitizer stations. Prior to travel customers will also receive details of how they can prepare for their flight.

British Airways to resume service from Austin to London

British Airways is set to resume its nonstop service from Austin to London-Heathrow on October 13, as the transatlantic service will return to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport following a 17 month absence.

The resumed service is scheduled for three days a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Flight number BA190 will depart Austin at 8:05 p.m. and arrive in London at 10:10 a.m. the following morning. BA191 departs at 12:10 p.m. arriving in Austin at 4:45 p.m. All times are local.

‘We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our Austin flights and we are honored to be playing our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart,’ said Marie Hilditch, British Airways’ Head of North America sales. ‘The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We know some customers won’t have flown for a long time, we can assure them we have a range of Covid-19 measures in place to provide stress and hassle-free travel.’

‘We are thrilled to be welcoming back British Airways to Austin and celebrate the return of nonstop service to London-Heathrow,’ said Jacqueline Yaft, Chief Executive Officer for AUS. ‘The resumption of nonstop transatlantic between our two cities is great news for both business and leisure travellers alike.’

British Airways has introduced several measures at the airport and on board to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its customers and crew. These include social distancing measures, the wearing of facemasks and hand sanitizer stations. The airline is cleaning all key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables after every flight, with the air fully recycled once every two to three minutes through HEPA filters.

British Airways to resume nonstop flights to London Heathrow and San Diego International Airport

British Airways has said that it will resume services between London Heathrow and San Diego International Airport on October 13.

The year-round nonstop flights will operate three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flight BA272 will depart San Diego at 7 p.m. and arrive in London the next day at 1:25 p.m. Flight BA273 will depart London at 1:45 p.m. and arrive in San Diego at 4:55 p.m. All flight times are local. Tickets are available to book at britishairways.com.

‘We are beyond thrilled to hear that British Airways will resume their flights between San Diego and London in October,’ said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. ‘London is the largest demand market between San Diego and Europe due to the robust business relationships between the two cities and provides San Diegans a convenient hub to connect to destinations across Europe and beyond.’

Marie Hilditch, British Airways’ Head of North America sales said: ‘We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our San Diego flights and we are honored to be playing our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart.

‘The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We know some customers won’t have flown for a long time, we can assure them we have a range of COVID-19 measures in place to provide stress and hassle-free travel.’

The airline is the first carrier to resume nonstop service to Europe from San Diego. It is suggested that traveling passengers review the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) international travel recommendations as well as the UK Government’s health and travel requirements for the U.S.

The resumption comes after British Airways suspended the service in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. British Airways has introduced a number of measures at the airport and on board to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its customers and crew. These include social distancing measures, the wearing of face masks, and hand sanitizer stations. Prior to travel customers will also receive details on preparing for their next flight.

British Airways introduces two Portuguese destinations from Heathrow for summer 2022

British Airways has said that it will add the islands of Sao Miguel and Terceira, in Azores archipelago, to its Heathrow short-haul network from next summer.

Flights to the two new summer hotspots will operate once a week, with Sao Miguel launching on July 2 until September 3; and Terceira launching on July 10 until August 28. The flight to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel will operate on Saturdays and that to Terceira will operate on Sundays.

The Azores archipelago comprises of nine islands, all known for cuisine and wine as well as scenic views offering nature lovers a wide range of activities. The Azores is also the first archipelago in the world to be certified as a sustainable destination by Earth Check. The island of Terceira is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with its stunning laurel forests and Sao Miguel, home to the Lake of Seven Cities, has been dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘After a difficult 18 months, it’s fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow. These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers.’

British Airways will operate an Airbus 320 to both destinations. Customers travelling in the airline’s Euro Traveller (economy) cabin can pre-purchase items from the Speedbird Cafe, or can order additional snacks and drinks on board the flight directly using their mobile device.

Customers travelling in Club Europe (business class) have access to priority check in, lounges and restaurant style complimentary dining, including items from the airline’s new ‘Best of British’ menus. British Airways’ return flights to Sao Miguel, will start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe. Flights to Terceira start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe.

British Airways announces flight and holiday sale for travel until summer 2022

British Airways and British Airways Holidays have announced a sale, with price reductions made across a range of flights and holidays until summer 2022.

The sale is running until September 21, 2021. The announcement comes as British Airways Holidays announces the extension of its VIP airport offer, which is now available on travel up until March 31, 2022. Every customer spending a minimum of £1,500pp on holiday packages for a minimum of five nights will automatically qualify for Galleries Club Lounge access, premium check-in, Fast Track Security and priority boarding if departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. This offer also applies to those bookings that have already been made. Return British Airways flights available in the sale include Dubai from £299, New York from £329, San Francisco from £348 and Miami from £339.

With the new holiday packages (flight + hotel) from British Airways Holidays, tourists can enjoy seven nights in Orlando from £439pp or three nights in New York from £429pp. Seven-night Caribbean holidays are available to Barbados from £579pp and Mauritius from £649pp. In addition, seven-night European destinations such as Mallorca are available from £199pp, Malta from £199pp and Madeira from £229pp. Those jetting off to Dubai can enjoy three nights from £379pp.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: ‘With optimism about future holidays continuing to grow, we know that many of our customers are keen to get back to travelling.

‘This sale is about giving as much choice as possible to those who are preparing to get away, whether in the near future or next year. We recognise that there’s still an element of uncertainty, which is why we recently extended our flexible booking policy. Low deposits on holidays and free amendments or cancellations offer the kind of peace of mind that we know our customers need.’

All bookings will benefit from British Airway’s flexible booking policies, allowing customers to rearrange their trip free of charge before August 31, 2022. Holiday packages can be secured with deposits from £60pp, with the final balance due up to three weeks before travel.

British Airways launches new services from Belfast with routes to Exeter, Leeds Bradford, Newquay and Glasgow

British Airways has announced the launch of four new domestic routes from Belfast this summer, providing key links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK at a time when booking a holiday abroad remains uncertain.

Over the next few months, the airline will start to operate 18 flights a week between George Best Belfast City Airport and Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and Newquay airports.

Starting from June 16, 2021, British Airways will operate flights from Belfast City to Exeter on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and to Leeds Bradford on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will operate services from Belfast City to Cornwall Newquay starting from July 3, 2021, twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday; while the new Belfast City- Glasgow service will be operated starting August 2, 2021 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The new routes will run alongside existing British Airways services between Belfast and London City and London Heathrow airports. The additional services will be operated using BA CityFlyer’s existing fleet of Embraer 190 aircraft. Customers can book via ba.com, with return fares from Belfast to these new destinations starting from £48 each way.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new routes, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce these new services from Belfast, which will enhance our regional network and maintain vital connections between Northern Ireland and other key UK destinations.

‘We’re sure these routes will be popular with customers getting away for a UK holiday this summer, as well as those visiting friends and relatives, and we’ll continue to listen to their feedback about where they want to travel.’

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘Continuity on these services is excellent news for domestic connectivity to and from Northern Ireland. Operated by Embraer 190 jets, these routes will greatly complement the existing British Airways services to London Heathrow and London City enabling passengers to enjoy the excellent British Airways experience to a greater number of destinations.’