British Airways commences new ski routes from Manchester

British Airways has announced the launch of ski flights from Manchester Airport to Salzburg and Chambery.

The two new winter-only flights from Manchester will operate every Saturday until April to Salzburg in Austria and Chambery in France. All flights will operate on Embraer 190 jet aircraft. Basic each way fares to both cities from £49 are available to book on www.ba.com.

Flights to Salzburg will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 1305 hours, arriving in Salzburg at 1620 hours, with the return flight at 1710 hours, arriving in Manchester at 1730 hours. Flights to Chambery will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 0007 hours arriving in Chambery at 1000 hours, with the return flight at 1055 hours, arriving in Manchester at 1200 hours.

In May, British Airways launched seven new summer-only routes from Manchester to holiday destinations in Europe as well as London City, offering more than 35,000 extra seats from the North West. The airline will start new services to Florence and Dublin from Manchester in May 2018.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘We are delighted to follow our successful summer programme from Manchester with these new direct services to two of the most popular snow destinations in Austria and France. They are also brilliant winter break destinations even for those who don’t ski!’

Club Europe and eligible Executive Club customers will have access to the rooftop British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport. Club customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free baggage allowance, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline said.

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.

British Airways announces new route to Kefalonia, other sun destinations for summer

British Airways has announced a new route to Kefalonia from Heathrow as well as more seats on its sunshine services, offering customers more choice of holiday destinations for summer 2018.

Starting May 15 until October 6, 2018, customers will be able to fly direct from Heathrow Terminal 5 to the island of Kefalonia, known for its beautiful beaches, traditional fishing villages and the idyllic setting featured in films such as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The Myrtos Beach located in the region of Pylaros, in the north-west of Kefalonia Island, is one of the world’s most photographed stretches of sand.

This will be the first time the airline will operate to the Greek island. Operated using A380 aircraft, the Kefalonia flights will depart on Tuesday and Saturdays, with return fares starting from £118 in Euro Traveller and £398 in Club Europe.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and chief executive, said: ‘We’re always developing our leisure offering from Heathrow so are incredibly pleased to be adding Kefalonia to our network. The launch of our new summer routes, which also include Figari in Corsica and Almeria, mean we will be flying 39 more routes in 2018 than we did in 2016 – an increase of 17 per cent. We’re also further improving our schedules and increasing the number of flights to European destinations such as Ibiza, Santorini and Split.’

In addition, British Airways said last month that it would start flying between Heathrow and Corsica, with direct flights to Figari airport operating every Sunday from May 27 until October 7, and return fares starting from £98. Additionally, a new route to the historic Spanish city of Almeria will start services from March 27, 2018, with fares starting from £66 return.

Further, for summer 2018, services to Ibiza will be increased to daily service from four per week presently, Mykonos will be served six times a week from four, while an additional weekly flight will be added to the airline’s schedules to Olbia and Split, the British airline said.

British Airways announces Christmas holiday breaks to European destinations

British Airways has announced Christmas festive getaway programmes to European winter destinations and Christmas markets including Berlin, Innsbruck, Stockholm and Vienna from major UK airports, with fares starting from £129 per person.

Starting November 27 to December 26, 2017, British Airways Holidays (BAH) will offer a two-night holiday from Heathrow to Berlin, with stay arranged at the three-star Days Inn Berlin West, from £149 per person. The German capital has more than 60 Christmas markets across the city throughout November and December.

Starting November 15 to January 6, 2018, BAH will offer two-night holidays to Innsbruck from London Gatwick, with stay arranged at the four-star Alphotel Innsbruck, from £179 per person.

From December 1 to December 24, BAH offers three-night holiday breaks to Nuremberg from Gatwick, with its famous Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt square in the old quarter, among other city and market experiences. The stay is arranged at the four-star NH Forsthaus Furth Nurnberg hotel, from £209 per person. Starting December 2, 2017 to January 6, 2018, BAH will offer two nights to Prague from London Heathrow, with stay arranged at the four-star Duo, from £129 per person. Christmas markets are held in the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and the Havelska market (Havelske trZiSte).

Further, from November 19 to December 23, 2017 BAH is offering UK holidaymakers from Heathrow a chance to enjoy Stockholm’s Christmas markets – some of the most traditional in Europe with the Skansen on the park island of Djurgarden. The two nights stay is at the three-star Scandic Prince Philip, from £159 per person. In addition, from November 18 to December 30, 2017, BAH is offering, from Heathrow, two-holidays to Vienna. The stay is arranged at the three-star Donauwalzer hotel, from £129 per person.

Tickets can be booked until October 31, and includes Euro Traveller return flights and accommodation with breakfast, the airline said.

British Airways announces new flights from London City to Skiathos in Greece

British Airways has recently announced the launch of it first service to the Greek island of Skiathos from London City Airport.

Skiathos is part of the Sporades archipelago in the Aegean Sea, presented as the fictitious island of Kalokairi, the setting for the musical hit Mamma Mia! Besides its famous film connection, Skiathos is a popular tourist destination for its many pine forests and over 60 beaches.

The airline is now offering the new three-times-a-week British Airways flights from London City. It is the third Greek Island route – along with Mykonos and Santorini – that British Airways flies directly from London City Airport and it is the only scheduled service from the UK to Skiathos. Flights to Skiathos Island National Airport will operate during the peak summer weeks until September. Basic each way fares starting from £80 are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity.

Flights will be operated using Embraer E190 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration. With the new route, British Airways will operate 29 destinations from London City Airport this summer, offering almost two million seats, the airline said.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘After the release of the hugely popular Mamma Mia! film, Skiathos became one of the most sought after holiday destinations. It sits perfectly with our other Greek Island routes and gives our customers at London City the chance to put themselves in the picture’.

British Airways is also offering holiday packages that are available to book on ba.com including: seven nights at the four-star Angelina Studios, Kolois, on a room only basis from £524 per person in July, based on two people sharing, including return flights from London City; seven nights at the four-star Skiathos Club, Vassilias, on a bed and breakfast basis, with fares from £644.50 per person in July, based on two people sharing, including return flights from London City; and seven nights at the five-star Skiathos Princess, Aghia Paraskevi, on a bed and breakfast basis, from £1,412 per person in July, based on two people sharing, including return flights from London City.

British Airways announces new Skiathos route from London City, two million seats for summer

British Airways has announced two million seats from London City Airport for this summer, and also the launch of a new three-times-a-week service to the Greek Island of Skiathos.

The new Skiathos route will start on June 26 and operate during the peak summer weeks until September. Flights to Skiathos will depart at 7.10am, arriving at 12.30pm local time, with the return flight at 1.15pm arriving at London City at 2.55pm local time. Basic each way fares start from £79.00, and are available for booking at www.ba.com/londoncity.

This is the first time British Airways has operated to Skiathos, a popular tourist destination with its rich pine forests and over 60 beaches. Skiathos is the airlines’ third route from London City, alongside Mykonos and Santorini. In addition to the new service, flights to Mykonos will increase from four to five flights a week, the airline said.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, London City, said: ‘This is the busiest year yet for British Airways with 1.9 million seats on sale from London City Airport. We are delighted to include Skiathos in our summer sunshine routes as well as increasing the number of flights to Mykonos. With a good mix of leisure and business destinations we are providing an excellent choice of network and schedule direct from the Docklands for our customers.’

British Airways has also recently announced the launch of a new weekly service between London City and Manchester starting from May, which will go on sale on February 21.

With the new routes, British Airways will operate 29 destinations from London City Airport this summer. During summer 2017, British Airways will operate services from London City to destinations including Amsterdam, Bergerac, Berlin, Billund, Bremen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Granada, Geneva, Ibiza, Isle of Man, Mahon, Malaga, Manchester, Mykonos, New York, Nice, Palma, Quimper, Rotterdam, Santorini, Skiathos, Venice and Zurich. Flights from London City to Angers in France will stop due to air traffic control restrictions and flights to Hamburg are also being withdrawn for commercial reasons, the airline said.

British Airways prepares for busy February half-term

British Airways is expecting over one and a half million passengers this February half-term as British holiday-makers seek a break from the chilly weather.

According to the airline, the busiest days for air travel fall on Friday, February 13 and returning on Sunday, February 22, with over 120,000 people travelling on each date with the airline.

The popular long-haul holiday hotspots for British Airways customers and families looking for a break this half-term are Orlando, New York, Dubai, Los Angeles and Tampa. The top places for short-haul breaks are Rome, Barcelona, Tenerife, Malta and Fuerteventura.

Stephen Humphreys, British Airways’ head of UK&I sales and marketing, said: ‘The half-term holiday, whether it’s a long-haul flight to the sun or a quick city break to Europe, is becoming more popular each passing year, and 2015 is no exception.

‘British Airways has plenty of places to choose from to escape the chilly winter weather so families can jet off and enjoy some quality time together.’

Families and other travellers can also choose from British Airways Holidays’ last-minute breaks to destinations, including: New York – three nights at the Holiday Inn Midtown from GBP649 per person, travelling on February 17; Fuerteventura – seven nights at Hotel Castillo de Elba from GBP879 per person, travelling on February 14; and Malta – five nights at the Seabank Resort and Spa from GBP359 per person, travelling on February 17.

New family-friendly short-haul routes are set to launch later this year and include services to Bodrum, Crete, Dalaman, Madeira, Rhodes and Seville.

Following British Airways research, which showed that 60 per cent of parents feared they would not be able to keep their child occupied for over 30 minutes, the airline conducted a social experiment, where scientist and TV personality Dr Robert Winston observed the toys and games that kept youngsters most occupied during a flight.

Top tips from British Airways to keep both children and parents happy during travel include: carrying the children’s favourite food in a sealed container, downloading plenty of games for children to play on a tablet or smartphone, engaging children with skyflyer activity packs, packing less for the journey, and wearing loose fitting clothes, among others.

 

British Airways offers free one-way upgrade to limited time lucky passengers

British Airways is offering a free one-way upgrade to First over a limited time to lucky customers.

The special offer will be available to those buying eligible return flights in the airline’s Club World cabin, from now until March 13, for travel up to April 11, 2015.

Stephen Humphreys, British Airways’ head of UK&I sales and marketing, said: ‘For those who haven’t ‘turned left’ on an aircraft and flown in First before, they’re in for a real treat.

‘This is a brilliant offer that gives people the opportunity to fly in the understated luxury of First, enjoyed by the few sitting at the very front of the plane, for the cost of a business class ticket. We’re sure they’ll love the experience and want to fly in First again.’

Customers travelling in First can check-in through a dedicated area at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, and carry up to three 32kg bags. Once through the Fast Track security, they can access the airline’s separate lounges – Concorde Room at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – as well as at other terminals, use all First facilities, and enjoy priority boarding.

The First class cabins provide mood lighting and special electronic blinds, and customers can dine from an a la carte menu with a selection of wines and champagnes delivered with personalised service. For sleep, the turn down service will transform the seats into full-flat bed, with quilted mattress, white cotton duvet, pillow, and cotton pyjamas to change into.

British Airways, the world’s first commercial airline to introduce a fully-flat bed in First class in 1996, offers flights in First to more than thirty destinations around the world. With the current frequency of flights, customers are likely to get their free one-way upgrade on routes including New York, Washington, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Johannesburg, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

 

British Airways to fly over 2.7 million customers during Christmas period

British Airways is expecting to fly its biggest ever operation – carrying nearly 2.7 million customers over the festive Christmas period this year – following the addition of 20 new aircraft into its fleet since last year.

On December 25, 817 pilots will be operating 267 flights across the airline’s network and 3,500 cabin crew will serve customers more than 37,000 turkey dinners, along with opening thousands of champagne bottles. The busiest day for the season will be Friday December 19, with some 129,000 people flying.

The top destinations for a Christmas break are Dubai, Barbados, New York, Australia and Barcelona, BA said.

In addition to the general in-flight entertainment system, the airline will be airing a selection of TV programmes and the holiday classic ‘Home Alone’. Christmas specials showing on board during the festivities include: Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Family Guy, Mrs Brown’s Boys, The Vicar of Dibley, One Foot in the Grave, Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Home Cooking, and for children – ‘Gangsta Granny’.

BA is also showing Doctor Who Earth Conquest, a documentary filmed during the British TV show’s recent world tour, of which British Airways was an event sponsor. From Boxing Day, passengers will also be able to watch the Queen’s annual address.

Audio albums on board include ‘Advent Calendar’ by The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, with traditional carols including The Twelve days of Christmas, Silent Night and In the Bleak Mid-Winter, as well as ‘Christmas the Collection’ and ‘4 Girls 4 Harps’ featuring O Holy Night, Deck the Halls and Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

British Airways is also set to launch its ‘thank-you’ campaign, featuring images sent in from customers from their travels around the world. The 70-second video will feature on the airline’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and G+ platforms. The video will also play on the airline’s in-flight entertainment system. In addition, travellers will be asked to recommend destinations for 2015 by uploading their images to Instagram.

 

British Airways offers holiday packages to X-Factor destinations

British Airways (BA) has announced holiday packages to each of the four X-Factor destinations -Bermuda, Cancun, Los Angeles and Nice- for those inspired by the show and the luxury lifestyle on display.

The move comes after X-Factor teamed up with British Airways as the official airline to fly its celebrity judges and contestants to destinations for the final auditions. The aspiring pop stars travelled to perform for judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Louis Walsh.

Louis Walsh and guest judge Tulisa Contostavlos offered the bands and aspiring stars a preview of the pop star lifestyle, staying at the five-star Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda. In offering the public a taste of the luxury life style, British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at The Fairmont Southampton from GBP1,139 per person (room only), including flights from Gatwick. The offer is available for travel between October 29 and December 11.

Mel B and the bands visited the party paradise of Cancun in Mexico. Following the show, British Airways Holidays is now offering seven nights at the Occidental Grand Xcaret Hotel where the contestants stayed, from GBP929 per person (all inclusive), including return flights from Gatwick to Cancun. This offer is available for travel between May 4 and July 1, 2015.

Meanwhile, Simon and his band travelled on British Airways’ new ‘red carpet route’ to Los Angeles. British Airways offers three nights at the five star Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel from GBP1,169 per person, including return flights from Heathrow – for travel in November.

Cheryl Fernandez-Virsini selected the French Riviera to take the ‘girls’. Consequently, for a get-away British Airways offers three nights (room only) at the four star Amarante Golf Plaza in Nice, as chosen by Cheryl, from GBP249 per person with return flights from Heathrow. The package is available for travel between October 1 and October 31.

The ‘judges houses’ episodes will air over three nights on ITV this Friday (October 3) at 9pm, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.