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.’

Southampton launches new BA’ CityFlyer route to Faro, opens new rapid COVID-19 testing facilities

Southampton Airport has recently announced the launch of a new British Airways (BA) service from Southampton to Faro.

The new CityFlyer service form Southampton directly connects England’s south coast with popular holiday destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Germany. Under a new agreement with Southampton Airport, the airline will operate up to 18 flights each weekend to 12 locations. The seasonal arrangement will run alongside existing services from London City Airport.

Rachel Riley, BA CityFlyer’s Head of Commercial at Southampton airport, said: ‘As we welcome more customers back on board, the launch of today’s operation from Southampton is an exciting extension of our service.’

‘This is a special day for many people, families have been separated from loved ones overseas, businesses have suffered, and we know that our customers haven’t been able to take the breaks abroad that they’ve wanted.’

Matt Hazelwood, Group Commercial Director at AGS Airports Ltd, added: ‘BA’s commitment to deliver connectivity for Southampton and the wider region to some of the most popular destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Germany will be very much welcomed by our passengers now that the safe restart of international travel is underway.’

Separately, Southampton Airport said that new rapid COVID-19 testing facilities have been introduced at the airport. The move follows the successful introduction of testing facilities at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports in March this year. The terminal-based facilities offer passengers both PCR and antigen testing.

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘The introduction of these fantastic on-site testing facilities will not only provide our passengers with a quick and convenient service, they will be instrumental in providing support to our safe restart plans as international flights resume following the lifting of restrictions earlier this month.’

British Airways Holidays launches exclusive offer for summer holidays at Heathrow

British Airways Holidays has said that it has launched an exclusive offer for customers booking summer holiday packages, featuring complimentary airport experiences at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

The offer applies to holidays with departure dates between June 9 and September 30, 2021, for those travelling in Euro Traveller, World Traveller or World Traveller Plus (economy and premium economy) as part of a Flight + Hotel and/or Car holiday package.

Customers will automatically qualify when spending a minimum of £1,500pp for two people or more, for a minimum of five nights. Existing bookings will also be eligible. Those travelling in Club World or Club Europe (business class) and spending a minimum of £2,500pp will also be eligible for First Wing check in and complimentary access to the Galleries First Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5, both of which are exclusive for premium customers.

Ranging from tropical beach holidays to city explorations, the offer applies to all destinations, and features: Premium check-in allowing customers a speedier check-in experience in a designated area of the terminal; Fast Track Security; British Airways Galleries Club Lounges access; and priority boarding starting from June 21, 2021.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: ‘After the last year, we know how much our customers are looking forward to getting away this summer. We want to make their experience extra special as we welcome them back to travel, by helping them to begin their holiday in style.’

‘It’s the first time we’ve offered something like this exclusively for British Airways Holidays customers – we believe it’s a brilliant way to celebrate the joy of travel, while continuing to offer flexibility and security for peace of mind.’

The offer includes deposits starting from £60pp, ATOL protection, and three weeks’ notice needed for free amendments or cancellations in return for a voucher in case of a change of plan.

British Airways announces four new short-haul destinations from Heathrow

British Airways has announced the introduction of four new short-haul routes to Wroclaw (WRO) and Gdansk (GDN) in Poland, Riga (RIX) in Latvia and Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) in Romania.

The routes will commence operating from the beginning of July, running throughout summer. All flights will be served from Heathrow, with Wroclaw operating twice a week, and Gdansk, Riga and Cluj-Napoca operating three times a week. Flights operate on days aimed at those visiting friends and relatives for a long weekend as well as those in search of an exciting city break . All flights will be operated by British Airways’ short-haul Airbus fleet.

Wroclaw is known for its attractive architecture and array of stunning bridges and islands that cross the Odra River. Gdansk, located on the Baltic Sea, offers fine museums, a prominent church building and a beautiful old city. Riga, the largest of all three Baltic capital cities, houses a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is known for its Art Nouveau style buildings. Cluj-Napoca is Romania’s second largest city and is often described as a cultural hub. British Airways last operated flights to Riga in 2007, and flew briefly to Gdansk between 1999 and the early-2000s, with the other two being new routes.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘It’s great to be launching new routes as we listen to our customers and assess where they want to travel. We know these four new destinations will be popular with people visiting friends and relatives, but they also offer great city breaks, when the time is right, with flights that head out just before the weekend and return on Sunday.’

Return fares start from £83 to Wroclaw, £85 to Gdansk, £94 to Riga, and £95 to Cluj, and customers can book via ba.com. British Airways offers customers a flexible booking policy, no change fees or a voucher exchange for bookings made for travel before the end of April 2022.

In addition to the four new routes, British Airways will also launch a new summer service to Perugia on 28 June. This service was due to start in 2020 but was delayed following the risks due to pandemic.

British Airways launches new routes to Jersey and Gibraltar from London City

British Airways has recently announced plans to launch two new routes to Jersey and Gibraltar from London City Airport.

The new routes will be launch on June 25, 2021. The airline will operate two flights a week to Jersey and Gibraltar – on Mondays and Fridays – offering key air links for business travellers, holiday makers and other travellers as regulations ease. With fares starting from £42 to Jersey and £43 to Gibraltar each way, customers can book via ba.com.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new services, said: ‘It’s great to be able to launch these two new services to Gibraltar and Jersey – it’s something customers have been asking us to do for quite a while. Whether it’s for a holiday or visiting friends or relatives who live either end of route when the time is right, customers will benefit from direct flights to and from the extremely conveniently located London City Airport.’

Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP said: ‘This is excellent news and continues to show the confidence that the industry has in Gibraltar as a destination. A seasonal link with London City Airport operated by BA CityFlyer brings yet another operator to Gibraltar and opens up a further catchment area from the UK. This service will complement BA’s mainline services from Heathrow and the local business and financial services community will undoubtedly welcome a link to London’s financial district. Our tourism, retail and hospitality industries can also look forward to greeting customers from the City and the east London catchment area.’

Matt Thomas, Ports of Jersey, Group CEO, added: ‘We are delighted to see the Island once again connected to London City and look forward to working alongside BA Cityflyer. We understand the importance of connectivity to London’s financial centre, as well as for Islanders wanting easy access to central London, or to take advantage of the many onward connections available.’

Both flights will be operated by BA CityFlyer’s Embraer E190 aircraft. British Airways offers flexible booking policy, offering customers no change fees or a voucher exchange for bookings made for travel before the end of April 2022, allowing for options if plans change.