British Airways to fly to 26 US cities direct from London this summer

British Airways has said that it is expanding its US route network this summer, taking its direct US routes with London to 26.

Portland, Oregon becomes the newest destination on the British Airways route map, providing the city’s only direct route to the UK. The brand-new route will operate five times per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Further, British Airways is also relaunching its direct route from Pittsburgh to London, becoming the only airline to offer a direct flight from the Pennsylvanian city to London. The airline will resume a year-round four-per-week service – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘This summer British Airways will be flying from 26 US cities to London and we’re very excited to be adding Portland to our list of transatlantic destinations. Not only are we the only airline to offer direct flights from Portland to London, but this new route also opens a wide variety of connections for our customers. Through Alaska Airlines, our oneworld partner, British Airways will offer codeshare connections to several destinations operated by Alaska Airlines from Portland.’

On June 6, the airline will launch a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow – its third daily flight from Newark to London to further support business travel. The daytime flight will depart at 7.55am from Newark – a convenient option for travellers looking to spend an extra night in the New York area before departing, or for those who wish to arrive just in time for an evening in London. With this additional flight time, British Airways along with its joint business partner, American Airlines will offer the most extensive network from the New York area to London with 15 daily departures this summer, including 11 daily flights from JFK to Heathrow and one daily flight from JFK to Gatwick.

The Portland route will be operated by one of British Airways’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with return fares from $669 in World Traveller (economy) and $3,965 in Club World (business). Pittsburgh will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Return fares start from $740 in World Traveller (economy) and $3,565 in Club World (business).

This summer also marks the return of daily direct flights from San Jose, California, to London on June 13; and the return of A380 aircraft to more North American airports.

JetBlue announces new flights between Boston and London

JetBlue has recently announced the introduction of new flights between the airline’s Boston focus city and London starting this summer.

The airline’s new nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) will take off from the U.S. on July 19, 2022, followed by a nonstop service between Boston and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on August 22, 2022. With service to Heathrow and Gatwick, JetBlue becomes the only airline to fly between New England and London’s two largest and busiest airports.

‘Our strategy of flying to both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports has been a success for us in New York, and we’ve secured slots to be able to do the same in Boston, becoming the only airline in New England offering flights to London’s two main airports,’ said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. ‘Our London service has been an incredible success so far and we’ve been able to go in with our unbeatable JetBlue service and experience and bring down fares on a traditionally overpriced route – the JetBlue Effect in action. We’re ready to do the same at Logan as we advance our growth strategies in both Boston and London.’

Flights on both Gatwick and Heathrow routes will operate daily on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint suites, and 114 standard seating. Introductory roundtrip fares for U.S.-originating travellers flying to Gatwick start at $499 roundtrip or $1,949 for JetBlue’s premium Mint experience. Roundtrip fares to Heathrow start at $549 for standard and $1,999 for Mint. Seats on both new London routes are on sale now and U.S. point-of-sale fares are available online at jetblue.com. U.K.-originating travellers can also avail special introductory fares starting at £349 for core and £1,449 for Mint from Gatwick. Roundtrip fares from Heathrow start at £399 for core and £1,499 for Mint.

For exclusive savings and perks, customers can also bundle their flight and hotel with JetBlue Vacations.

‘JetBlue has been a great partner to Logan for many years and we are excited that they are launching two London – Boston services this summer,’ said Massport’s Director of Aviation Ed Freni. ‘These new flights give our passengers even more choice when they cross the Atlantic.’

JetBlue has also announced that it is extending its flying schedule between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Heathrow Airport, with seats available for booking now.

Virgin Atlantic resumes full US portfolio and expands capacity

Virgin Atlantic has said that it is reinstating its full portfolio of US destinations for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, as travel bookings rise 50 percent year on year.

Starting from April, Virgin Atlantic will add frequencies and reintroduce services to key US gateways. Flights to Seattle and Washington DC will take off next week, with services to New York, San Francisco and Atlanta also increasing. In April, a third daily service to Los Angeles will commence, serving the Californian city more than any other airline.

Virgin Atlantic will operate Orlando flights from its four UK gateways of Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast, resulting in more flights from the UK to the theme park capital of the world than any other carrier. Seattle flights will depart five times weekly from London Heathrow on the March 2. The airline will operate its 787-9, with its on-board bar.

From March 5, London Heathrow to Washington DC services will operate five times a week on an Airbus A330, re-establishing links for both business and leisure travellers alike. Last month, Virgin Atlantic announced its first new US route since 2015, to Austin, Texas which will operate four times weekly from 25 May.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented, ‘Following the relaxation of travel restrictions, we’ve seen demand increase to many of our global destinations, but particularly to our heartland in the USA. Our customers can’t wait to return.

‘The restart of our Seattle and Washington DC services mark an important milestone, as we move into recovery and welcome our customers back on board to all the destinations they’ve missed. We’re simply not Virgin without the Atlantic and our growing transatlantic portfolio demonstrates why we’re the airline of choice to the USA.’

Virgin Atlantic has extended its policy of unlimited free date and flight changes for new bookings, giving further flexibility to customers to support future travel plans. The updated flexible booking policy enables Virgin Atlantic customers making a new holiday or flight-only booking for travel up to December 31, 2022, to make as many changes as necessary to their travel dates, origin or destination, with the change fees waived, as well as one free name change.

British Airways announces new daytime flight from Newark to London Heathrow

British Airways has announced the launch of a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow – its third daily flight from Newark to London as business travel returns in 2022.

The additional flight, which launches on June 6, will depart at 7.55am from Newark – allowing travellers to spend an extra night in the New York area before departing on business or leisure, or to arrive in the evening in London to spend the night at home or their hotel. The flight will depart Heathrow at 7.10pm, also allowing travellers to spend the entire day in London before flying to Newark.

The airline is also resuming its ‘daylight’ service from JFK in March – a convenient option particularly for business travellers, and customers who prefer to travel during the day. The additional Newark flight offers added convenience for customers living in Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey. The flight will operate daily on a Boeing 777-200 with 48 Club World seats, 40 World Traveller Plus seats, and 184 World Traveller seats.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances said: ‘We are pleased to be launching our third daily flight from Newark, to further strengthen our New York – London schedule. The convenient morning departure is popular with customers who might prefer having an extra night in New York or arriving in London in the evening to start their following day more refreshed.

‘Including American Airlines, we offer the largest and most convenient schedules from the New York area to London and are the only airline or alliance that offers service to and from both major New York and London airports. As we continue to co-locate our New York and London operations with American Airlines, we will provide a more seamless journey for our customers allowing them to access our combined 15 daily departures’

From April 2022, all flights to JFK and EWR from Heathrow on BA and AA will depart out of BA’s Terminal 5, and by next year, all British Airways flights in JFK will depart from AA’s home in Terminal 8.

The new daytime flight is on sale with return fares starting from $690 in World Traveller and $3,195 in Club World. The fares include taxes, fees and carrier charges.

American Airlines and Aer Lingus increase flights to US

American Airlines and Ireland’s Aer Lingus launch their codeshare agreement this week offering customers more choices of flights to the United States.

With a view to enhancing connectivity between the U.S and Europe, American Airlines will place its code on Aer Lingus flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Dublin (DUB). Customers can also book codeshare flights on Aer Lingus from DUB to Amsterdam (AMS); Birmingham, UK (BHX); London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester, UK (MAN); and from LHR to Belfast City, Northern Ireland (BHD); Cork, Ireland (ORK) and Shannon, Ireland (SNN).

‘We are excited to extend our relationship with our newest joint business partner, Aer Lingus, with this codeshare agreement,’ said Anmol Bhargava, American’s vice president of Alliances. ‘Through our trans-Atlantic joint business, customers have more choices to key destinations in Europe and now, Ireland.’

Reid Moody, Aer Lingus’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: ‘After almost two years of restricted travel we know that demand for dream vacations, business travel, and reconnecting families and friends in 2022 and beyond will be stronger than ever. We are delighted that through the codeshare agreement with American Airlines, Aer Lingus customers will be able to avail of greater connectivity options and more seamless travel between the U.S. and Europe via our Dublin hub, which also has the added benefit of US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance located in Dublin. Last week’s decision by the Irish Government to remove pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements for double-vaccinated passengers is more welcome news for those planning to travel. We look forward to extending our warm Aer Lingus welcome to more and more customers in the months ahead.’

Additionally, customers traveling with Aer Lingus will now be able to book codeshare travel on American Airlines flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Albuquerque, New Mexico, (ABQ); Nashville, Tennessee (BNA); Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW); Los Angeles (LAX); Seattle (SEA); San Francisco (SFO); San Jose, California (SJC) and Tucson, Arizona (TUS). Further expansion of the codeshare is also planned in the near future.

Aer Lingus joined the Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair last year. In summer 2022, Aer Lingus will operate over 100 routes, flying to over 71 direct routes and to 62 destinations from Ireland to the UK and Europe. The airline will operate 16 transatlantic routes from Dublin and Manchester UK to North America and the Caribbean. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world’s largest airline groups.

Virgin Atlantic launches new services to Austin, Texas from London

Virgin Atlantic is launching new direct services from London to Austin, the capital of the Lonestar state of Texas and the airline’s first new route to the US since 2015.

The four times a week service will launch on 25th May 2022 and will operate on the airline’s 787-9 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Flights, which will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, are on sale starting Wednesday, January 12 at www.virginatlantic.com. Flight number VS232 will depart Austin at 6:05 p.m. and arrive in London at 9:00 a.m. for a next-day arrival, with return flights departing London at 11:35 a.m. and arriving in Austin at 4:05 p.m. All times are local.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic said, ‘We are incredibly excited to launch this new service to Austin, Texas. With an impressive food, arts and music scene, we know it’s a destination our customers will love to explore.

‘The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years since our first flight to New York City in 1984. Since US borders opened to UK travellers on 8 November, it feels extra special to be launching new flying, especially to the fantastic city of Austin.

‘There are so many synergies between Virgin Atlantic and the city of Austin. We love their philosophy and desire to celebrate local brands, businesses and communities and we cannot wait to welcome customers, both existing and new onboard, flying them safely to explore this fabulously quirky city.’

Jacqueline Yaft , CEO, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport commented: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Virgin Atlantic to Austin and Central Texas. This exciting new partnership helps meet our goals of continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and furthers our commitment to being the Gateway of Central Texas for both leisure and business travellers alike.’

Flights are on sale from Monday 10th January at www.virginatlantic.com with return Economy fares starting from £409 per person. In addition to flying customers, Virgin Atlantic will offer 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each flight.

Virgin Atlantic has extended its policy of unlimited free date and flight changes for new bookings, giving further flexibility to customers, for travel up to December 31, 2022.

British Airways announces resumption of transatlantic flight from Gatwick to Tampa

Following the reopening of US borders for British holidaymakers, British Airways has announced the resumption of its first US transatlantic flight from Gatwick to Tampa, Florida.

The airline’s services to Tampa will operate three times a week. British Airways will also resume flights from Gatwick to holiday-hotspot Orlando on Friday November 19. This is the first time the airline has operated to these destinations, and to the US from Gatwick, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

British Airways is planning on operating to 23 US airports this winter, more than any other transatlantic carrier, with 246 flights a week from January. Besides Tampa and Orlando from Gatwick, flights to much loved cities Nashville and New Orleans will restart in December from Heathrow.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: ‘Orlando and Tampa are among our most popular destinations, so we know how much our customers are looking forward to heading back. Florida is such a diverse state, so whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, a theme park adventure or an epic road trip, there’s something for every type traveller. In addition, we’re offering a wide range of British Airways Holidays deals to suit every budget.’

British Airways Holidays is also offering a number of holiday and fly-drive packages to Florida, including seven nights at the 3-star Ramada by Wyndham Kissimmee Gateway, Orlando from £499pp, travelling on selected dates between January 10 – January 31, 2022 inclusive; seven nights at the 3- star Universal’s Dockside Inn and Suites, Orlando from £969pp, travelling on selected dates between January 1- February 28, 2022 inclusive; seven nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Harbourside, Florida Beach (Tampa): from £599pp, travelling on selected dates between January 10- February 10, 2022 inclusive and seven days at Tampa, fly-drive from £699p travelling January 1- 28 February 22. Reservations can be made before December 6, at www.britishairways.com.

British Airways operated its first flight to the US when restrictions lifted on November 8 to JFK airport on the airline’s BA001 service. The airline’s A380s will operate to the US once again, with the super jumbo jet operating to Miami from Heathrow from December 5, Los Angeles from December 9 and Dallas from March 27. The airline is currently operating seven flights a day to New York, increasing to eight from mid-December.

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.

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.