British Airways announces expansion to Inverness-Heathrow service

British Airways has announced recently that it is planning to expand its Inverness – Heathrow service from seven to ten flights a week, from March next year.

As per the plan, the airline will operate a double-daily service between Inverness and Heathrow on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from the week beginning March 25, 2018.

Phyllis Stuart, British Airways’ manager at Inverness said, ‘We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers more flights from the highland capital, offering more seats on the route after a successful first 18 months operating the route.

‘Our new schedule, which will come into operation at the beginning of the summer 2018 flying programme, will mean that on three days of the week, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, British Airways will offer customers a double daily service between the capital of the highlands and islands and London.

‘We, and our partners at Inverness Airport and the business communities in Inverness and the highland region, have worked tirelessly to encourage business and leisure travellers to use the new route for the benefit of the businesses and individuals in the region.

‘The increased frequency on the route is the result of that partnership and further demonstrates British Airways’ long-standing commitment to the highlands and islands of Scotland.’

Inglis Lyon, managing director of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) said: ‘This announcement is excellent news for the highland community and Inverness Airport.

‘We have worked closely with British Airways to further improve connectivity and the new schedule provides additional two-way connectivity with destinations such as Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Berlin and Mexico City.

‘We can also anticipate more than ten per cent additional inbound passengers to the highlands and islands to experience all the north of Scotland has to offer.’

The new Inverness-Heathrow schedule, which will see a 30 per cent increase in capacity on the route, comes after the airline’s agreement with Scottish airline Loganair of an extended code share agreement, which came into effect at the beginning of September.

Gatwick expands transatlantic network as British Airways adds new routes to Toronto and Las Vegas

British Airways has said that it will add two new transatlantic routes – Toronto and Las Vegas – to its summer 2018 schedule at Gatwick.

With the two new destinations, the total number of new routes introduced at Gatwick in 2017 will increase to six and the total number of routes flying from Gatwick to 71, of which 24 of them long-haul and 47 short-haul.

The new service to Toronto will commence on May 1, with three flights per week, and Las Vegas will be returning with three flights a week from March 27, 2018. The fares to Toronto in World Traveller will start from £453 return and fares to Las Vegas from Gatwick will start from £699 return, including taxes and charges.

The new Toronto service will be British Airways’ first flight to Canada from Gatwick, and comes after the launch of new long-haul routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale in the US. The Las Vegas route comes after high demand for the airline’s current service from Heathrow.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of networks and alliances, said: ‘Gatwick has always offered a great range of long-haul destinations, but adding Toronto and Las Vegas to the summer schedule will take the number of transatlantic routes to 21, making Canada, the US and the Caribbean more accessible than ever before.

‘It’s particularly exciting to be adding Canada to the list of places our customers will be able to explore from Gatwick, and we look forward to welcoming our Canadian customers in to London.’

British Airways customers travelling from Gatwick will benefit from the airline’s modern facilities at Gatwick’s south terminal. Passengers travelling in Club World will also have access to a new lounge area at Gatwick, which opened in spring this year.

British Airways offering return flights to European destinations for £35

British Airways has announced return flights to several European destinations for a price of £35, plus 9,000 Avios as part of its Reward Flight Saver scheme.

The airline is offering a return price of £35 plus 9,000 Avios to destinations including Nice, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, Dublin, Brussels, Munich and Geneva. In addition, it is offering a return of £35 plus 15,000 Avios to customers choosing to travel to Oslo, Rome, Berlin and Stockholm.

James Hillier, The Executive Club manager, said: ‘We know our Executive Club members love to have a range of ways to collect and spend Avios so we are delighted to be able to offer return flights from just £35 plus 9,000 Avios, including all taxes, fees and charges, to a host of popular European destinations like Paris, Nice and Amsterdam to name a few, so there is plenty of choice for everyone.’

Lisa Harris, Customer Director at Avios, added: ‘It’s easy to collect Avios, not only through British Airways flights, hotel bookings and car hire, but also on day-to-day shopping via the British Airways Avios eStore where you will discover over 800 plus retail partners including some or your high street favourites. With so many easy ways to collect, that next travel adventure really is within touching distance.’

The flights are available for booking, enabling holidaymakers to plan a post-summer getaway. Travellers can book through British Airways’ app or website via the Reward Flight Saver page. To book using Reward Flight Saver, Executive Club members must have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months.

Reward Flight Saver is available year round, the airline said.

British Airways announces new routes to three European capitals from London City

British Airways has said that it is planning to launch new routes from London City Airport to three European capitals: Paris, Prague and Reykjavik, in October.

With the new services to the three popular European cities, British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter. The airline will operate three flights a day to Orly during the week and one a day at weekends, six flights a week to Prague, and two a week to Reykjavik. Flights are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity, with each way hand baggage only fares to Orly available from £49, to Prague from £49 and to Reykjavik from £59.

The Orly flights are being transferred to London City Airport from Heathrow, offering customers a choice of two London airports from Paris. Flights to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris will continue to operate from Heathrow, the airline said.

With the launch of Prague and Reykjavik routes, British Airways will be flying to Czech Republic or Iceland from London City for the first time. Reykjavik will be a winter-only service, and will replace flights to Granada, Spain, which will continue to operate as a summer-only service resuming next year.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘Paris and Prague are two great additions to our schedule at London City. Well timed flights and a quick and easy journey through the airport will give business customers another option to reach either capital city, which are of course also two of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe. Reykjavik is a leisure route, and gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery and skiing that Iceland has to offer.’

The new services will be operated using modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-wide seating. Customers flying in Euro Traveller can obtain allocated seats and loyalty points that can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips. Club Europe customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline noted.

British Airways to operate new services to Milan from London City and London Stansted

British Airways has recently announced the introduction of new year-round services to Milan, Italy from London City and London Stansted in April, 2017.

From London City Airport, the new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start on April 24 and from Stansted Airport on April 29. The airline will operate two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted. Basic each way fares from London City and Stansted to Milan start from £45 and are available to book on www.ba.com.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘Milan is a very exciting route for us as it will appeal to both business and leisure customers. The new services gives the choice of two alternative London airports with well-timed flights to Linate, which is Milan’s most convenient airport.’

In early February, British Airways announced new summer-only routes from London City to Skiathos, Greece and to Manchester. Including the new Milan route, British Airways will serve 30 destinations from the Docklands airport this summer.

At Stansted, British Airways will introduce flights to three new destinations, including a second Italian city Florence, and increasing frequency on some existing routes. The new service to Milan will be the airline’s ninth route this summer.

All services will operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with large cabins and two abreast seating offering all customers the choice of an aisle or window seat. In addition to allocated seats, customers flying in Euro Traveller will earn loyalty points which can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips. Meanwhile, Club Europe customers will receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free baggage allowance, free seat selection and on-line check-in.

British Airways also said that Italian airline Meridiana, which currently codeshares on the British Airways services between Linate and Heathrow, will also codeshare on the new services from London City and Stansted.

British Airways launches new Chambery route from Stansted

British Airways has announced the launch of new flight services starting December 17 to the French Alpine city of Chambery from Stansted, offering winter sports a direct access to some of Europe’s top snow resorts tomorrow.

The winter only flights from Stansted to Chambery will operate until April 16, 2017. Flights depart from Stansted at 07.20 hours returning at 10.50 hours am on Saturdays and at 08.20 hours returning at 11.50 hours on Sundays.

The weekend flights will give customers access to snow and ski resorts like Val d’Isere, La Plagne, Meribel and Courchevel. Each way fares are available for £49 on www.ba.com. Other fares that include ski carriage are also available.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘British Airways has enjoyed a very successful first summer at Stansted and we are delighted to launch Chambery, our first winter-only service offering skiers and winter sports enthusiasts a gateway to one of the best Alpine snow regions direct from their doorstep.’

Mats Sigurdson, Stansted’s Aviation Director, said: ‘It’s fantastic news for passengers that British Airways is launching an exciting new route to Chambery to serve the Alpine ski resorts of France. The announcement is a real vote of confidence in Stansted and recognition of the strong demand that exists across the region and will provide passengers with even more opportunities to fly from their local airport this winter.’

The new twice-weekly service to Chambery is in addition to the British Airways service from London City Airport that operates three times a week, which is expected to increase to a daily service over the Christmas holiday period. All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller.

British Airways started flying from Stansted for the first time in May this year, adding a fourth London airport to its network. The airline currently operates from the three other major London Airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

British Airways adds seven new routes to summer schedule at London Heathrow

British Airways has announced the addition of seven new routes to its summer schedule at London Heathrow.

The airline has added Brindisi, Montpellier, Murcia, Nantes, Pula, Tallinn and Zakynthos, which will be available for booking effective immediately. The first services will commence from March 28, 2017. All destinations will be served by a mixture of A319 and A320 aircraft from Heathrow Terminal 3 and 5.

Flights to the sun-spot of Brindisi, located on the Adriatic Sea, will be operated on Tuesday and Saturday starting June 3, 2017, with fares starting from £85 return. Meanwhile, fares to Murcia, known for its golf courses, will start from £65 return, with flights operating on Tuesday and Saturday starting from March 28, 2017.

Flights to the French city of Nantes – gateway to Brittany and the Loire Valley and famous for Muscadet wines – will launch on March 29, 2017, with return fares starting from £71. The twice weekly flights will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

A twice weekly service to Montpellier will start operating from May 3, 2017, offering holidaymakers a break to the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Pyrenees, from just £78 return. The twice weekly flights will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For water sport lovers, British Airways has launched a two-per-week direct service to the Croatian coastal town of Pula starting July 4, 2017. Fares start from £76 per person, operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The Estonian capital of Tallinn, one of the best preserved European medieval cities and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, will also be added to the airline’s short-haul network from March 28. The flights will be operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with fares from £65 per person. The airline has also announced a twice weekly service to Zakynthos, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 3, 2017, with fares starting from £81.00.

Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of planning, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching seven new European routes this summer and we are confident these cities will be a big hit with holidaymakers, especially with return fares from just £65 per person.

‘More flights to more cities across Europe is fantastic news for families wanting to get away for summer sun or sightseeing and with so many new routes from London, extra services to Palermo, Mykonos and Reykjavik and convenient flight times our customers have more choice than ever before.’

British Airways announces direct flights to Iran

British Airways has announced the launch of its new direct flights to Tehran from London Heathrow, starting September 1.

The announcement follows the recent relaxation of sanctions and offers choices for Iran as a tourist destination with its rich heritage and culture, exceptional architecture, and world-class food and delicacies.

Tehran is also an emerging market today with significant opportunities for businesses to grow commercial links.

Offering more choice and flexibility between London and the Middle East, British Airways’ new Tehran service will depart six times a week (every day except Sunday) from Heathrow’s terminal 5. The flight will depart at 21.10 hours and arrive into Imam Khomeini International at 06.25 hours the following day. The returning BA152 with depart Imam Khomeini International at 08.35 hours and arrive into Heathrow Terminal 5 at 23.10 hours the same day.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Head of network and fleet, said: ‘British Airways has a long history of flying to Iran so we are very excited to be launching our new six times a week service, direct from Heathrow to Tehran.

‘Iran is a fascinating country, full of amazing and surprising places for tourists to visit and discover its sophisticated and ancient culture.

‘The recent lifting of sanctions has also effectively allowed Iran to re-open for business and paved the way for commerce to re-connect with Iran’s economy, which is the second largest in Middle East and North Africa, with a diverse range of businesses and industries.’

Though yet to emerge as a popular tourist destination globally, Iran has much for travellers to explore. British Airways’ recommendations include the modern metropolis of Tehran with its magnificent mosques, ancient fortresses, regal palaces, temples, and dozens of museums; Darband, a very popular destination for day-trippers from Tehran; Mount Damavand, the highest mountain in the Middle East at 5,671 m, Alborz mountains with its excellent ski resorts, and the several beautiful beach resorts.

Other major attractions of Iran include Isfahan – Iran’s second city known as ‘Half the World’ due to its elusive beauty, with ancient mosques, palaces, and minarets including the UNESCO-protected Naghsh-e Jahan Square; Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Yazd, well-known for its wind-catchers (ventilators) and its Zoroastrian culture; Shiraz, with its several fine palaces and lush gardens as well as the famed Shiraz grape; Mashhad, located in the east of Iran and home to the shrine of Imam Reza, the largest mosque in the world, and the tomb of Persian poet Ferdowsi.’

The service from Heathrow Terminal 5 will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777 with return fares starting from GBP535 for customers flying in World Traveller, GBP938 for those flying in World Traveller Plus, GBP2198 for those travelling in Club World and GBP3,830 for those in First.

Visitors to Iran should check the latest travel advice with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before they fly: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iran, the airline said.

Sun Air announces new route from Bremen to London City Airport and Manchester

Sun Air, the Danish airline and a franchise partner of British Airways, has announced the launch of two new routes from Bremen to both London City and Manchester, starting October 31, 2016.

The Bremen – London City route will have 10 weekly return flights, while Bremen – Manchester will have 11 weekly return flights. Both routes will be operated by a 32-seater Dornier 328 aircraft with full in-flight service that includes a meal and Dornier wines, ice cream dessert and daily newspapers. Tickets are on sale starting today – September 2, 2016 – on ba.com.

Sun Air’s Commercial Director, Kristian Tvergaard, states, ‘We have over the years developed a great deal of experience with servicing the regional business sectors where focus is on point to point routes, optimised flight schedules tailored to the regional needs with morning departures and evening returns and a high level of in-flight service. We are very pleased with the close cooperation we have had with Bremen Airport in bringing this valuable market opportunity to life and already the new route has had attention and support from both German and British business people.’

Jurgen Bula, CEO Bremen Airport, said: ‘We are very happy about the two new routes from Bremen to London City and Manchester, which are served from the end of October of the British Airways franchise partner Sun-Air of Scandinavia. The brand ‘British Airways’ completes our portfolio of major flag carriers optimally.’

Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘Bremen is an important business and manufacturing hub with a rich history and the new services operated by British Airways franchise partner SUN-AIR are a natural addition to London City Airport, making it the fifth German city to join our route network.’

‘With London City Airport’s rapid connections to central London and key business districts such as Canary Wharf, the new Bremen route offers speed and convenience for business travellers, so they can spend less time travelling to and from the airport and more time at the office or with loved ones.’

Sun Air already operates routes from Billund to London City and Manchester. Following the announcement of the new routes, the airline has opened a new base in Bremen.

British Airways announces holiday offers for families this summer

British Airways is collaborating with some of UK’s biggest airports to offer holiday breaks to families with under-12s, it has announced.

Supported by Visit Britain, British Airways is working in partnership with Belfast City, Heathrow, Inverness, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle International airports to give families a pleasurable and affordable summer break, allowing kids under 12, to fly for free on domestic flights. Flights can be booked for travel from July 14, 2016, until November 1, 2016 at ba.com/kidsgofree.

With the partnerships, British Airways is offering free flights for kids when travelling with an adult. To help cut holiday costs even further, Heathrow Express and Novotel are also offering family discounts. Up to two kids can fly for free with each fare paying adult, and kids can also stay for free at Novotel hotels when adults book a stay.

Sara Dunham, British Airways’ head of marketing, retail and direct, said: ‘Saving every penny counts when it comes to family holidays so flying kids for free will make it cheaper to fly away for fun and see more of the UK on a British Airways flight.

‘We are delighted to be joining forces with other great travel brands to offer families free child flights and discounted holiday deals.’

The initiative is expected to boost UK tourism by encouraging families to fly more cheaply between London, the North, Scotland and Northern Ireland for their holidays.

Fun and exciting things for families to do at the destinations include the W5 at Odyssey, Titanic Belfast, The Giant’s Causeway, Streamvale Open Farm and Ulster Museum at the Botanic Gardens in Northern Ireland (Belfast City); The Royal Armouries Museum, National Media Museum; Leeds Art Gallery/Henry Moore Institute; Leeds Owl Trail and Stockeld Park at Yorkshire (Leeds Bradford); Kidzania, Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Coram’s Fields and Tower of London at London (Heathrow); Loch Ness and the Loch Ness monster, Landmark Park, Cawdor Castle, Inverness Botanic Gardens, Whin Park at Scotland (Inverness); and Beamish Museum, Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Angel of the North and

Seven Stories – the National Centre for Children’s Books in the North East of England (Newcastle).

The offer is valid on one-way and return tickets between Heathrow and Belfast International, Inverness, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle International airports. Return adult hand baggage only fares on the British Airways flights between Heathrow and the UK regional airports start from £97 for Belfast, £75 for Inverness, £86 for Leeds and £96 for Newcastle.