British Airways resumes routes to popular European sunspots from London Stansted

British Airways is set to relaunch routes connecting London Stansted to sought-after holiday destinations in France, Spain, and Italy in the upcoming summer season.

Commencing on May 18, 2024, the airline will offer weekend flights to three European hotspots: Nice, Florence, and Ibiza. These upcoming routes mark British Airways’ return to scheduled flights from London Stansted, making it the fourth London airport served by the airline.

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome back British Airways to London Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of their scheduled flights from the airport in May next year.

‘London Stansted serves more European destinations than any other UK airport and these new services to Ibiza, Florence and Nice are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 190 destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

‘I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing East of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays next summer.

‘We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are success.’

Operated by British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer, the flights will use Embraer 190 aircraft featuring Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins. Club Europe passengers can enjoy a full meal service, bar drinks, priority boarding, and additional baggage allowances. Flights to Florence will start from £41 each way, Ibiza from £36 each way, and Nice from £43 each way. Bookings can be made on the official British Airways website at ba.com.

The relaunch signifies British Airways’ commitment to meeting the travel demands of passengers, especially those residing in London, Cambridge, and the growing East of England region, providing convenient access to these popular European vacation spots.

British Airways announces new daily service from London Heathrow to Florence

British Airways has announced a new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence, Italy, for Summer 2023.

Starting on April 16, 2023, 07:50, the new flight will operate daily from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on an A320Neo aircraft. Return flights are on sale from London Heathrow to Florence now, starting from £114, and can be booked at www.ba.com.

Florence will be one of 11 Italian cities served by British Airways from London Heathrow in Summer 2023, including Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples. The London Heathrow to Florence flight joins a host of new routes starting in the Summer 2023 season, such as London Gatwick to Aruba and Guyana, and London Heathrow to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Neil Chernoff, Director of Networks and Alliances at British Airways, said: ‘We know our customers love visiting Tuscany, which is why we already operate flights from London City to Florence. We’ve added this new route from London Heathrow to the Tuscan capital to offer them even more choice to explore this incredible Italian region.

‘Not only is this good news for UK travellers, but also for those connecting in London to and from US destinations. The flights’ timings have been optimised for connectivity to popular routes, including New York, Boston and Chicago.’

British Airways Holidays is also offering two nights with breakfast at the 4-star Palazzo Lorenzo Hotel Boutique from £279pp, travelling on selected dates in May 2023. The fare includes economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport and 23kg luggage allowance. Bookings can be made before January 31, 2023 at www.ba.com/florence

British Airways announces new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence

British Airways has announced a new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence, Italy, for Summer 2023.

Starting on April 16, 2023, the new flight will operate daily from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 07:50 on an A320Neo aircraft.

Known for its Renaissance art scene, architectural masterpieces and Tuscan fare, Florence is in central Italy, and within close proximity to Bologna and Pisa for those who are looking to explore further afield.

Neil Chernoff, director of Networks and Alliances at British Airways, said: ‘We know our customers love visiting Tuscany, which is why we already operate flights from London City to Florence. We’ve added this new route from London Heathrow to the Tuscan capital to offer them even more choice to explore this incredible Italian region.

‘Not only is this good news for UK travellers, but also for those connecting in London to and from US destinations. The flights’ timings have been optimised for connectivity to popular routes, including New York, Boston and Chicago.’

Florence will be one of 11 Italian cities served by British Airways from London Heathrow in Summer 2023, including Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples.

The London Heathrow to Florence flight joins a host of new routes starting in the Summer 2023 season, such as London Gatwick to Aruba and Guyana, and London Heathrow to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Return flights are on sale from London Heathrow to Florence now, starting from £114.

British Airways Holidays offers two nights with breakfast at the 4* Palazzo Lorenzo Hotel Boutique from £279pp, travelling on selected dates in May 2023. This includes economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport and 23kg luggage allowance. Bookings are by 31 January 2023 at www.ba.com/florence

British Airways expands services at London City

British Airways has said that it is expanding its services at London City and regional operation with three new routes and increased frequencies.

The UK-based airline, which has recently announced plans to increase flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol in summer 2018, said that it will double its weekday services between London City and Milan Linate and add a new weekday service to Frankfurt from January.

In addition, British Airways will operate new summer services from Manchester and Edinburgh to Florence and a weekly service between Manchester and Dublin.

According to the plan, London City to Milan Linate flights will be increased from 11 to 23 flights a week, Frankfurt from 20 to 24 flights a week and Dublin from 32 to 36 flights a week. The new weekly summer only flights from Manchester to Florence and Dublin and from Edinburgh to Florence will start in May 2018. Tickets are available to book on www.ba.com, with Manchester-Dublin at fares from £25 each way; and Manchester-Florence and Edinburgh-Florence at fares from £59.

The extra flights are introduced following the arrival of two new 98-seat Embraer 190 aircraft in January and April 2018, bringing the total fleet number to 22.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘The new Embraer 190 jets will be a welcome addition to our fleet as we continue to grow our route network and frequencies both from our home base at London City and from other UK regional airports. It enables us to expand both our business and leisure routes, with much improved schedules and timings to Milan Linate and Frankfurt.

‘This year we have almost doubled the number of routes we operate compared to last year and the winter season brings a further five new routes, London City to Paris Orly, Prague and Reykjavik and Manchester to Chambery and Salzburg ahead of the new routes next summer.’

This year, British Airways has announced dozens of new flights from London City, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol airports, the airline said.