British Airways (BA), the UK’s national carrier, has announced its winter 2013 schedule, which is set to start this weekend, October 26.
BA’s winter schedule will include a new winter sun route and increased services to a range of destinations. The airline will launch weekly flights from Heathrow to Gran Canaria from October 26.
British Airways Holidays packages to the island include seven nights at the Club Maspalomas Bungalows from £299 per person for travel in January, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation on a self-catering basis. Alternatively, holidaymakers can choose seven nights at the Paradise Lago Taurito Hotel from £459 per person for travel in January, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Seven nights at the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort is also available from £589 per person for travel in January, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation only.
Lynne Embleton, director of strategy, said: ‘Gran Canaria is a fantastic destination for holidaymakers, especially families, with over a half a million people from Britain visiting every year.
‘We’ve had a really positive response to the destination since it went on sale, which we attribute to great prices on our British Airways holidays and the fact this is the only direct flight from Heathrow to the island.’
In comparison with the summer 2013 schedule, the airline’s winter schedule also includes increased services from Heathrow to Chennai, from 5 to 6 per week, Seattle, from 7 to 10 services per week, Miami from 14 to 18 per week, Rio de Janeiro from 6 to seven per week, Mexico City from 3 to 4 per week, Tripoli from 3 to 4 per week and Freetown from 3 to 4 per week.
Gatwick will also have increased services to Marrakech, from 7 to 10 per week, and Salzburg, from 4 to 8 per week.