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

British Airways resumes London-Pakistan service after 10 years

British Airways has said that it has resumed its service between the UK and Pakistan after nearly 10 years.

The service will be operated three times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from London Heathrow. The flight will be operated using a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner with World Traveller (long-haul economy), World Traveller Plus (long-haul premium economy) and Club World (long-haul business class).

Commenting on the service, Andrew Brem, Chief Commercial Officer at British Airways, he said: ‘Today is a great occasion for British Airways as we resume flights to Islamabad after a decade. The atmosphere on board our state-of-the-art 787 aircraft was spectacular, as was the warm welcome on the ground. British Airways has a proud history of flying to Pakistan – we first operated flights to Islamabad in 1976 – and we couldn’t be more excited to be back.’

Customers travelling will be offered customized services to enhance the onboard experience including a halal meal option in every cabin, while the airline will also ensure sauces in every meal do not include alcohol or pork. In addition, customers can also pre-order a range of special meal options including vegetarian and vegan options.

Further, the airline has a number of Pakistani and British Pakistani colleagues who speak Urdu.

British Airways’ long-haul flights allow one large cabin bag with a small laptop or handbag, and offers complimentary food and drink, online check-in and free seat selection 24 hours prior to departure. Customers landing in to London can connect on to British Airways’ network which includes over 30 destinations across North America, with over 70 flights per day to the US through the airline’s joint business with American Airlines. Customers can also connect to over 30 countries in Europe, the airline said.

British Airways launches new year-round service from London Gatwick to Milan Bergamo

British Airways has announced plans to launch a new year-round service from London Gatwick to Milan Bergamo.

The new service will be launched on September 1, 2019, with flights operating every day of the week except for Saturday. Bergamo Airport is located nearly 45km from Milan, a world fashion capital considered perfect for a weekend city break. The Airport is also the closest gateway to Lake Como and Lake Garda, as well as the Franciacorta Wine Region. Bergamo also borders the Alps, providing access to a number of ski resorts during winter. Travellers can book their seats on ba.com.

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights to winter sun destination Cancun, which will move to a five-per-week service during the winter season.

Adam Carson, British Airways’ Managing Director of Gatwick, said: ‘Milan Bergamo adds another exciting destination to our Gatwick network and is perfectly located for a city break, a summer visit to the lakes or even a skiing holiday in the Alps.

‘From Gatwick we fly to over 70 destinations as our network continues to expand we’re adding new routes designed to appeal to both leisure and business customers.’

Fares to Milan Bergamo start from £25 one-way in Euro Traveller and £99 in Club Europe, and customers can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. Customers can select from a range of savings by destination and cabin while collecting Avios and Tier Points on their bookings.

The new route comes as British Airways is investing GBP6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.

British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced a new route to Munich from London City Airport.

The new year-round service was launched last Saturday. With the new service, British Airways now offers four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £64 based on a return journey.

Besides its beer heritage and annual Oktoberfest, Munich is home to 18 world renowned museums and arts venues. Munich is a gateway to Bavaria’s scenic sightseeing routes, including palaces and castles. The ski slopes of the Bavarian Alps are also less than an hour’s drive away.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘Germany is such an important destination for both business and leisure customers, so the addition of Munich to our schedule has been welcomed by everyone who flies from London City. With well-timed frequent flights there are plenty of options for customers who either want to do a day trip or stay for longer.

‘Munich complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we now fly 82 return flights a week to Germany this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘Munich is a German powerhouse of a city, attracting leisure and business travellers alike. Its gaining popularity is reflected in the frequency of this new three-times-a-day British Airways service, which makes travel between Munich and the centre of London easier and quicker thanks to the convenience of London City Airport.

‘It’s not just the world-famous Oktoberfest that brings thousands of visitors to explore Munich. Alongside the city’s beer halls are public parks, historic architecture, and a leading centre for business – home to globally recognised firms. Through British Airways’ continued growth at its London City base, we are keeping London connected to Europe – enabling trade and tourism in both directions.’

In 2019, British Airways has also increased frequency to Berlin from the Docklands airport to 18 return flights a week. Further, the airline is investing £6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.

British Airways announces 100 seats per day for £100 to the USA, Africa and South America

British Airways, which is celebrating its centenary year, is offering customers the chance to book a flight from £100 each-way to some of its most popular long-haul destinations.

The January offer will run until Thursday January 24, with two different destinations to choose from each day at 12:00pm. Customers signing in on to ba.com at midday will be able to buy tickets to destinations such as the USA, Africa and South America. The fares are each way as part of a return journey, which would mean £200 return inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges and baggage. For travel dates check ba.com/100-flights each day.

In addition, British Airways’ World Sale is also live with over 100 destinations on offer. The flight and holidays sale, which ends at 11.59 pm on January 31, 2019, includes new routes to Charleston, Pittsburgh, Durban and Osaka as well as destinations including Las Vegas and Cancun.

Further, discounts are offered on flights, holidays and fly drive packages. The airline is offering two-night city breaks starting from £99 per person, European beach holidays starting from £179 per person and Caribbean holidays from £499 per person.

New York, the most searched destination on ba.com in 2018, is on sale for £266 return. Together, American Airlines and British Airways offer up to 70 flights a day from London to the U.S.

As part of its efforts to improve customer experience, British Airways is investing £6.5 billion pounds over the next five years. This includes the installation of the WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline will also be introducing new Club World seat with direct aisle access later this year.