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.

Latvia gets festival fever

For travelers, the best thing about Latvia is that it is so compact. Its 500 km of sandy beaches are easily reached from historical towns, where medieval Hanseatic foundations support baroque and art nouveau buildings that become venues for cultural festivals during the summer.

Here, there is always something to celebrate. In July alone, there are 8 festivals during the month, two that are featured here, reveal this Baltic country’s lively, captivating energy.

Sea and Fishermen Festival
The Sea and Fishermen Festival is one of the oldest traditional festivals, celebrated since 1936. The festival is always held along the entire Latvia`s seashore the second weekend of July, this year from July 9-10, 2011. The festival is dedicated to powerful nature and people, whose daily life is closely connected to the sea – fishermen, seamen, and those involved in fish processing. A great variety of activities, concerts, exhibitions, movies, dances, games, sports competitions, attractions for kids, fish fairs, and boating are offered to visitors during these days. Special seafood and local beer are an integral part of the festival.

Positivus Festival 2011
The Positivus music and art festival, July 15-16, 2011, is the largest of its kind in the emerging Baltic states and delivers an eclectic mix of musical genres and an inimitable atmosphere to the 20,000+ festival goers passing through its gates each day. Positivus Festival is a budding attraction to locals and Europeans alike. The festival site in Salacgriva, Northern Latvia, is accessible from all Europe via Riga International Airport, only 120 km away. The breathtaking scenery of the festival’s location, set in the woods next to the beach of a beautiful coastal town, together with a friendly and open crowd, makes it a different experience even for experienced festival-goers. Positivus Festival 2009 was voted into the finals of UK Festival Awards as the Best Overseas Festival.

Latvia has been a trading hub for over 800 years, and the country is well versed in providing a warm welcome. The people of Latvia are hospitable and cheerful, friendly and open towards visitors, and able to get on with anyone, as throughout the centuries they have gained a vast culture heritage. Latvian people treat the cultures of other people with understanding, and being a European Union state, it is a safe country.

At the same time Latvia is a contemporary European country, and its capital city of Riga – a modern metropolis, in which historical architecture, unique in Europe, alternates with the modern; one can feel the breeze of a centuries-old history and relax in modern night clubs, restaurants and comfortable hotels. In addition to Riga, its spectacular gateway, there are 6 other UNESCO World Heritage sites.