British Airways City Flyer offers new European routes for summer 2022

British Airways is launching four new routes across Europe for the coming summer season.

Operating from London City Airport, customers can now book to fly to Barcelona, Luxembourg, Milan and Thessaloniki – adding to BA CityFlyer’s network. Flights to all destinations will operate on BA CityFlyer’s Embraer E190 aircraft. Luxembourg and Milan will operate from March 27, every day of the week. On 18 June, Thessaloniki will launch, operating once a week on Saturday, while on 19 June, Barcelona will operate six times a week – every day apart from Saturday.

A limited number of tickets start from the below fares, based on a return ticket in Euro Traveller to Barcelona with fares from £82; to Luxembourg from £82; to Milan from £104 and to Thessaloniki from £126. Routes to Jersey and Guernsey are also returning following their launch in Summer 2021. Flights will operate on Monday and Friday from June 20 to September 2.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new services, said: ‘As customers start to plan their next summer getaway, we wanted to offer new routes to some of the most popular European destinations. Conveniently accessible from London City airport, they are a great addition to our extensive network.’

British Airways has introduced a flexible booking policy allowing customers to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee if their plans change. British Airways Holidays’ customers also have access to a range of additional flexible booking options, as part of the company’s Customer Promise, including securing a holiday with a deposit from £60pp.

British Airways restarts Baltimore/Washington service

British Airways has said that it has resumed its nonstop service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and London Heathrow on Friday, November 19.

The transatlantic service was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The return of this premier international service from British Airways is great news for our travellers,’ said Ricky Smith, Executive Director of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. ‘This route will benefit our business and leisure passengers, and help support our continued recovery.’

British Airways will operate its BWI Marshall Airport service on its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, which accommodates 214 passengers in a three-class configuration. After a 20-month interruption, the airline will initially restart its BWI Marshall service three days per week, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. British Airways will add a fourth weekly flight starting in December, to operate on Thursdays.

‘We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our Baltimore flights, and we are honoured 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 American 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.’

‘British Airways has been a terrific partner and a valued member of BWI Marshall’s portfolio of carriers,’ said Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater. ‘Their return is another step in the airport’s steady recovery from the impact of the pandemic, and comes at the perfect time to accommodate the increased demand we are expecting over the holidays.’

Focused on safe and healthy travel, BWI Marshall Airport is reminding customers that federal regulations continue to require masks or face coverings in the airport terminal and on commercial flights. While passenger traffic remains below 2019 levels, BWI Marshall Airport remains the busiest airport in the region. About 95 percent of airport food and retail concessions are now open at BWI Marshall.

British Airways announces biggest schedule of flights since March 2020

British Airways has announced the launch of its biggest schedule since March 2020, with additional services to cities across the globe.

The airline has also announced the return of its first A380 aircraft in November. British Airways’ A380 will initially operate to a number of short-haul destinations in November, shortly followed by operating to Miami and Los Angeles in the US, as well as Dubai in December.

Across its US network, British Airways will be increasing the number of flights it operates with services to city destinations including New York, which will initially be increasing to five a day, followed by eight in December. The airline will also be operating double-daily services to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as well as daily services to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver

In addition to frequency increases, in October and November British Airways will restart services to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore. In December the airline will also start flying to Nashville and New Orleans once again, which both proved popular when they first launched. The airline is set to fly to 23 US airports this winter with up to 246 flights a week, more than any other transatlantic carrier.

British Airways has increased flights to a number of short-haul destinations by adding 13,000 more seats to holiday hot spots this October, including to Marrakech, Dalaman and to the Turkish resort of Antalya. British Airways will be restarting a number of ski destinations including Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg from December.

For Christmas break, British Airways is extending its Caribbean programme with 12 services a week to Barbados and nine each to Antigua and St Lucia, which will be split across Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Flights to popular luxury Indian Ocean destinations, Maldives and Mauritius, will also be increasing to 10 and six per week over the Christmas period.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘This is an exciting time for British Airways and our customers as we see borders re-opening. With welcome news from the US, we are dramatically increasing flights and bringing home some of our A380s to give our customers as many options as possible. Elsewhere across our network we are also adding additional services to destinations all over the world, to ensure our customers can take advantage of a much-needed holiday.’

Across its short-haul network, British Airways will also be increasing flights year-round to key European cities with 48 weekly services to Amsterdam, 33 to Geneva, 35 to Dublin, 28 to Milan and 21 to Berlin, Paris and Rome.

British Airways’ subsidiary BA City Flyer, is expected to operate a schedule of 43 flights a week to Edinburgh, 33 to Dublin, 25 to Glasgow, 18 to Belfast, 16 to Amsterdam, 15 to Rotterdam, 15 to Berlin, 12 to Frankfurt, 12 to Dusseldorf and 11 to Zurich. The airline is also set to launch a new route from Belfast to Birmingham, as well as new ski destination Salzburg, from London City and Southampton.

Virgin Atlantic announces new route from Manchester to Montego Bay

Virgin Atlantic has announced new services from Manchester to Montego Bay in Jamaica, and will also increase the frequency of its flights from Manchester to Barbados.

The UK airline has resumed flying from Manchester on August 7 with flights to Barbados, and as travel restrictions begin to relax, will be restarting services to Orlando, Atlanta, New York and Islamabad over the coming months. The new Caribbean services to Montego Bay and Barbados will serve increasing demand from consumers in the northwest for a relaxing holiday to a sunny destination.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented, ‘We’re thrilled to announce that we have added Jamaica to our portfolio of destinations flying from Manchester, our home in the north, along with increasing frequency to Barbados.

‘We are seeing a real demand from our customers in the northwest for luxury holidays in the sun as they are keen to escape on their next adventure after a challenging year. Both Jamaica and Barbados offer the ultimate getaway for those looking to enjoy island life, from hiking incredible waterfalls, surfing at white sand beaches, exploring distinct local caves, to swimming with sea turtles, the tropical island’s offer something for everyone.

‘We look forward to welcoming customers heading off on holiday or travelling to visit their loved ones back onboard.’

Virgin Atlantic will launch thrice-weekly seasonal winter services from Manchester Airport commencing on November 6 on the airline’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Services will go on sale from August 18, 2021 with return Economy flights starting from £428 per person.

Karen Smart, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said, ‘It’s wonderful to see Virgin Atlantic further increase its flying programme from Manchester Airport this winter, making a further commitment to the North. We look forward to supporting Virgin Atlantic with launching these new flights this winter, knowing Jamaica and Barbados are popular destinations for our customers.’

Further to the launch of its Manchester service to Jamaica, from November 20, Virgin Atlantic will be increasing its Heathrow services to Jamaica, from three flights up to daily as well as increasing flying from Heathrow to Barbados, from daily flights to 11 times a week.

Virgin Atlantic earlier launched new flights from Edinburgh with flights to Barbados and Orlando. Additional new services include a new winter seasonal service from London Heathrow to St Lucia as well as new services to the Bahamas launching on November 20, and the first direct service from Europe to St Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2021.

British Airways to fly The British And Irish Lions to South Africa this summer

British Airways has said that it will fly the 37-strong British & Irish Lions squad to South Africa on June 27 for the much awaited Lions Tour.

The Lions’ tour in Johannesburg will see the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales embarking on an eight-game Tour of South Africa, including three Tests against World Champions, the Springboks.

Both The British & Irish Lions and Springboks will be carried across the country to matches by British Airways’ franchise partner, Comair.

The team will be heading directly to Johannesburg on a charter flight from Edinburgh, following The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup clash against Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 26 June at 3pm.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: ‘We are honoured to be flying The British & Irish Lions to South Africa ahead of their tour. After a difficult year, we look forward to uniting the nation through sport and cheering them on. From everyone at British Airways, we wish them the best of luck and hope to carry them home as champions.’

Ben Calveley, Managing Director for The British & Irish Lions, said: ‘We are delighted to be flying with British Airways for the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series. We know the squad and management will receive a warm welcome from British Airways staff and enjoy a safe, comfortable journey to South Africa, landing in Johannesburg ready to take on the world champions.’

British Airways is reinforcing its commitment to sport as the airline is currently the Principal Partner to Twickenham Stadium, Official Airline Partner to England Rugby and has been the Official Airline Partner to Team GB and Paralympics GB since 2008.

The British & Irish Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous occasions, since the first Tour in 1891.

British Airways launches summer 2021 schedule at Southampton, adds 11 new European routes

British Airways has announced the launch of an exciting summer schedule directly connecting England’s south coast with holiday destinations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, France and Germany.

As part of a new agreement with Southampton Airport, the airline will operate up to 17 flights each weekend to 11 locations between May 1 and October 31, 2021.

BA CityFlyer will fly from Southampton to Malaga, Florence, Faro, Mykonos, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Bergerac Dordogne Perigord, Limoges-Bellegarde, Nice Cote d’Azur, Edinburgh and Berlin. The additional services will be operated using BA CityFlyer’s existing fleet of Embraer 190 aircraft. Customers can book via ba.com/southampton.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new services, said: ‘We are delighted to announce the extension of our services to Southampton Airport next summer.

‘This is an exciting opportunity for the British Airways family. The ideal location of the airport and excellent facilities on offer will hugely benefit our customers along the South Coast as they plan to take to the skies again and book a well-deserved holiday in the sun.’

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘Today’s announcement from British Airways is fantastic news for Southampton Airport and the region during what has been the most challenging of years.

‘It’s also great to see BA return to the airport once again and the range of excellent destinations on offer is sure to be a welcome early Christmas present for passengers looking to plan a European holiday next summer.’

British Airways announces flights to Europe from £40 each way

British Airways has announced that it is offering thousands of hand-baggage-only flights to Europe available for £40 or less each way.

Customers can choose from a range of over 70 routes across the airline’s European network including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Kefalonia, Faro and Verona. The airline is also including domestic flights between London and UK cities in its offer, such as Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Belfast City and Jersey. Customers can explore destinations and book a weekend cultural break or a beach holiday at ba.com, with fares from £40 each way or less based on a return fare in Euro Traveller. All flights include free hand luggage.

Andrew Brem, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘It’s time to shrug off the cold and the rain. With flights for £40 or less each way, there’s something for everyone to look forward to, with fantastic value for those wishing to soak in the culture and charm of a city break or the summer sun on a beach in the Mediterranean. Take advantage of our hand-baggage only fares or enjoy guaranteed savings with a flight and hotel package together.’

The seats, based on return fares, are available for travel on select dates until December 31, 2020. The low fares are on offer from London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The additional destinations available include Bilbao, Geneva, Ibiza, Milan, Oslo and Paris.

Members of the British Airways Executive Club can earn Avios and Tier Points on their bookings. The Executive Club is free to join and Avios can be spent on Reward flights, upgrades, hotels, car rental and being used for part payment, allowing customers to cut the cost of future flights. When using Avios part payment, customers can select from a range of savings by destination and cabin, and can also collect Avios and Tier Points on their bookings.

British Airways is presently offsetting carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK, as part of its commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it said.

British Airways launches direct flights to Antalya for summer 2020

British Airways has announced the launch of flights between London Gatwick and Antalya, Turkey.

The summer route, which will operate on an Airbus A320 and run six times a week, will commence services on April 30, 2020, and is available to book from today.

A launch offer means flights start from £139 return in Euro Traveller or £387 return in Club Europe. Customers can also choose to cut the cost of their ticket through Avios part payment – they could pay £79 plus 10,800 Avios in Euro Traveller and £207 plus 35,100 Avios in Club Europe as part of the introductory offer.

Until October 29, customers can secure any British Airways Holiday booking with a deposit of £25 per person based on two travellers, so minimum £50 deposit per booking as against £150 charged normally.

Adam Carson, British Airways’ Managing Director of Gatwick, said: ‘Holiday makers can look forward to another option when flying to Turkey with British Airways next summer. After months in the planning, we are excited to announce the addition of Antalya to our network from Gatwick. We are committed to offering flights and holidays to a wide variety of destinations at competitive prices to help people get their travel plans off the ground.’

A holiday hotspot, Antalya is considered the gateway to the Turquoise Coast with some of the most stunning landscapes in Turkey. The beaches and crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and water sports. Besides the rolling landscapes and beaches, the region has two-thousand years of history with a range of spectacular temples and Greco-Roman ruins close by, as well as a bustling food and cultural scene.

British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the 3-star Hanay Suit Hotel, from £389 per person, travelling on selected dates in May 2020. The fare includes Euro Traveller (economy) return flights from London Gatwick and accommodation.

The Antalya announcement comes as the airline adjusts its Gatwick schedule for Summer 2020. The new route to Turkey complement a summer Gatwick service to Dalaman and year-round flights between Istanbul and Heathrow.

British Airways flies to more than 70 destinations from Gatwick, offering a variety of routes to suit both business and leisure travellers. The airline is investing £6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges and WiFi.

British Airways introduces latest mobile technology for cabin crew to deliver personalised customer service

British Airways has announced that all of its 15,000 cabin crew will be issued with iPhone XRs, enabling them to offer a more personalised service to over 45 million customers that travel with the airline every year.

The new phones will feature a selection of apps to help crew offer customers instant additional assistance during their journey. They will also have access to a range of customer information on their phones, including previous flights and meal preferences. The investment for all cabin crew members follows a successful trial of iPads for senior cabin crew on board every flight.

Bradley Smith, one of the first cabin crews to receive a brand-new iPhone XRs, said the phones are enabling a step-change in customer service. ‘Recently, when a customer realised that he had forgotten to order a special meal, he was really impressed when I quickly took out the phone, logged onto ba.com and ordered a meal for his return journey – all within a matter of minutes in the middle of the flight,’ Smith said.

‘It felt so rewarding to be able to immediately resolve the situation for the customer. All my crew reference guides are also loaded onto the phone, so everything I need is in my pocket throughout each flight; it really has made a huge difference already,’ he added.

Karen Slinger, British Airways’ Head of Inflight Customer Experience, added: ‘Our customers spend up to 14 hours with our cabin crew on a single flight and we know from the recent success at the Skytrax Awards that the care provided by our people has a huge impact on the overall customer experience and is what sets us apart from other airlines. This investment is about further empowering our crew and providing them with everything they need to deliver the very best service to our customers while in the air.’

Earlier this year, the airline launched Help Me; a brand-new section of ba.com to help customers make changes to their bookings and find out more about their consumer rights. The airline also announced a multi-million-pound investment in training for its staff based at Heathrow, with every agent now trained to help customers with a range of different queries and personally reach out to them at the airport using iPads loaded with a host of specialist apps, British Airways said.

British Airways commences new service between Inverness and London Heathrow

British Airways has commenced an early-morning flight between Inverness and London Heathrow – the first flight connecting the route for more than two decades.

The new morning service allows customers to travel between the two cities and return the same day, and will be supporting the business sector. Launched on March 28, the service was operated by an Airbus 319 aircraft. Departures from Inverness airport do not have Air Passenger Duty (APD), which also benefits the route.

The new Heathrow – Inverness schedule will see a 30 per cent increase in capacity on the route and brings the number of flights up to three return services on Saturdays and Sundays, with a double daily service Monday to Friday. From October, British Airways will operate a double daily service between the two cities seven days a week.

Phyllis Stuart, British Airways’ Airport Manager at Inverness Airport, said: ‘This is an important day for British Airways, for Inverness and for the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The introduction of our new and expanded schedule gives the people and businesses of Inverness and the Highlands and Islands even greater access to more than 150 destinations on our global network from Heathrow.

‘This is British Airways’ centenary year, so we were delighted that members of the Inverness Royal British Legion Pipe Band, which is also celebrating its 100th birthday, were with us today to mark the start of our new expanded schedule.’

Graeme Bell, General Manager at Inverness Airport, said: ‘The air link between these two cities goes from strength to strength and we very much welcome these additional flights. The new service will provide business travellers with more flexibility and connectivity between the two cities. The additional flights will also enhance worldwide connections to the Highlands and Islands, making the area even more attractive to overseas visitors keen to experience the best of what our region has to offer.’