British Airways resumes London-Pakistan service after 10 years

British Airways has said that it has resumed its service between the UK and Pakistan after nearly 10 years.

The service will be operated three times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from London Heathrow. The flight will be operated using a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner with World Traveller (long-haul economy), World Traveller Plus (long-haul premium economy) and Club World (long-haul business class).

Commenting on the service, Andrew Brem, Chief Commercial Officer at British Airways, he said: ‘Today is a great occasion for British Airways as we resume flights to Islamabad after a decade. The atmosphere on board our state-of-the-art 787 aircraft was spectacular, as was the warm welcome on the ground. British Airways has a proud history of flying to Pakistan – we first operated flights to Islamabad in 1976 – and we couldn’t be more excited to be back.’

Customers travelling will be offered customized services to enhance the onboard experience including a halal meal option in every cabin, while the airline will also ensure sauces in every meal do not include alcohol or pork. In addition, customers can also pre-order a range of special meal options including vegetarian and vegan options.

Further, the airline has a number of Pakistani and British Pakistani colleagues who speak Urdu.

British Airways’ long-haul flights allow one large cabin bag with a small laptop or handbag, and offers complimentary food and drink, online check-in and free seat selection 24 hours prior to departure. Customers landing in to London can connect on to British Airways’ network which includes over 30 destinations across North America, with over 70 flights per day to the US through the airline’s joint business with American Airlines. Customers can also connect to over 30 countries in Europe, the airline said.

British Airways launches new year-round service from London Gatwick to Milan Bergamo

British Airways has announced plans to launch a new year-round service from London Gatwick to Milan Bergamo.

The new service will be launched on September 1, 2019, with flights operating every day of the week except for Saturday. Bergamo Airport is located nearly 45km from Milan, a world fashion capital considered perfect for a weekend city break. The Airport is also the closest gateway to Lake Como and Lake Garda, as well as the Franciacorta Wine Region. Bergamo also borders the Alps, providing access to a number of ski resorts during winter. Travellers can book their seats on ba.com.

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights to winter sun destination Cancun, which will move to a five-per-week service during the winter season.

Adam Carson, British Airways’ Managing Director of Gatwick, said: ‘Milan Bergamo adds another exciting destination to our Gatwick network and is perfectly located for a city break, a summer visit to the lakes or even a skiing holiday in the Alps.

‘From Gatwick we fly to over 70 destinations as our network continues to expand we’re adding new routes designed to appeal to both leisure and business customers.’

Fares to Milan Bergamo start from £25 one-way in Euro Traveller and £99 in Club Europe, and customers can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. Customers can select from a range of savings by destination and cabin while collecting Avios and Tier Points on their bookings.

The new route comes as British Airways is investing GBP6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.

British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced a new route to Munich from London City Airport.

The new year-round service was launched last Saturday. With the new service, British Airways now offers four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £64 based on a return journey.

Besides its beer heritage and annual Oktoberfest, Munich is home to 18 world renowned museums and arts venues. Munich is a gateway to Bavaria’s scenic sightseeing routes, including palaces and castles. The ski slopes of the Bavarian Alps are also less than an hour’s drive away.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘Germany is such an important destination for both business and leisure customers, so the addition of Munich to our schedule has been welcomed by everyone who flies from London City. With well-timed frequent flights there are plenty of options for customers who either want to do a day trip or stay for longer.

‘Munich complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we now fly 82 return flights a week to Germany this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘Munich is a German powerhouse of a city, attracting leisure and business travellers alike. Its gaining popularity is reflected in the frequency of this new three-times-a-day British Airways service, which makes travel between Munich and the centre of London easier and quicker thanks to the convenience of London City Airport.

‘It’s not just the world-famous Oktoberfest that brings thousands of visitors to explore Munich. Alongside the city’s beer halls are public parks, historic architecture, and a leading centre for business – home to globally recognised firms. Through British Airways’ continued growth at its London City base, we are keeping London connected to Europe – enabling trade and tourism in both directions.’

In 2019, British Airways has also increased frequency to Berlin from the Docklands airport to 18 return flights a week. Further, the airline is investing £6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.

British Airways announces 100 seats per day for £100 to the USA, Africa and South America

British Airways, which is celebrating its centenary year, is offering customers the chance to book a flight from £100 each-way to some of its most popular long-haul destinations.

The January offer will run until Thursday January 24, with two different destinations to choose from each day at 12:00pm. Customers signing in on to ba.com at midday will be able to buy tickets to destinations such as the USA, Africa and South America. The fares are each way as part of a return journey, which would mean £200 return inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges and baggage. For travel dates check ba.com/100-flights each day.

In addition, British Airways’ World Sale is also live with over 100 destinations on offer. The flight and holidays sale, which ends at 11.59 pm on January 31, 2019, includes new routes to Charleston, Pittsburgh, Durban and Osaka as well as destinations including Las Vegas and Cancun.

Further, discounts are offered on flights, holidays and fly drive packages. The airline is offering two-night city breaks starting from £99 per person, European beach holidays starting from £179 per person and Caribbean holidays from £499 per person.

New York, the most searched destination on ba.com in 2018, is on sale for £266 return. Together, American Airlines and British Airways offer up to 70 flights a day from London to the U.S.

As part of its efforts to improve customer experience, British Airways is investing £6.5 billion pounds over the next five years. This includes the installation of the WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline will also be introducing new Club World seat with direct aisle access later this year.

British Airways to launch new service to Islamabad from Heathrow

British Airways has said that it will operate a new service from Heathrow to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, from June 2, 2019.

The route will be operated thrice a week, on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner – British Airways’ newest long-haul fleet. Return fares start from £499 for World Traveller, £773 for World Traveller Plus and £1,799 for Club World. Seats are available for booking.

A quiet city with plenty of gardens and parks, Islamabad is a cultural hub with a rich heritage. The city features a collection of museums, markets, mosques and hiking trails, as well as restaurants which serve a variety of cuisines from local Pakistani dishes to food from around the world.

Robert Williams, Head of Sales for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: ‘It’s exciting to be flying between Islamabad and Heathrow from next year, which we believe will be particularly popular with the British Pakistani community who want to visit, or be visited by, their relatives. On the route, customers will enjoy the very best in flying. Not only is it being operated on our newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but it will also be landing in to the new airport in Islamabad, which opened earlier this year.’

Thomas Drew CMG, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, said: ‘I am delighted to be welcoming British Airways back to Pakistan. The launch of direct flights by British Airways between London Heathrow and Islamabad’s new International Airport is excellent news for both countries.

‘The links between Britain and Pakistan are already extraordinary – from culture and cricket, to people, politics and education. I see this launch as a vote of confidence in the future of those links – and, of course, a reflection of the great improvements in the security situation in Pakistan in recent years. The return of British Airways will give a particular boost to our growing trade and investment links. British Airways itself joins an increasing number of British companies doing business in Pakistan. I hope too that it will allow more people from the UK to discover, like I have, what a beautiful country Pakistan is. I look forward to using the service myself when flight start in June.’

Islamabad is one of four long-haul routes being launched by British Airways in 2019, its centenary year. The airline is also launching direct flights to Pittsburgh and Charleston in the US and Osaka in Japan, alongside several short-haul routes.

British Airways announces plans to expand Heathrow -Inverness route

British Airways has said that it will expand its service between Heathrow and Inverness by operating two daily return services from Monday to Friday and three return services at weekends from summer 2019.

Starting March 31, 2019, the number of weekly flights that British Airways operates between the two cities during the summer season will increase from 10 to 16. The winter flying programme between Heathrow Terminal-5 and Inverness will double from seven to 14 return services a week, with the airline operating a double-daily schedule every day of the week from October 27, 2019.

Flights have also been re-timed to improve onward connections on to British Airways’ global network of more than 150 destinations worldwide, the airline said. Flights are available to book on ba.com, with each-way fares starting from £115 per person in Club Europe and £34 in Euro Traveller, each-way.

Phyllis Stuart, British Airways’ Airport Manager in Inverness, said: ‘We have been able to increase flights to Inverness because the airport is exempt from Air Passenger Duty. This outdated and unjustified tax stifles British Airways’ route development plans and costs the UK jobs and growth.

‘Since we reintroduced the daily service between Inverness and Heathrow we have seen steady growth in passenger numbers at both ends of the route and this further expansion is testament to the support our partners at Inverness Airport and the people and business community of the highlands and islands have given us over the past two years. The new schedule will bring greater economic benefits to the region and the extra flights on Saturdays and Sundays will cater for the number of leisure passengers travelling to the highlands and islands during the summer months.’

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of Highlands and Islands Airports, said: ‘The increased frequency of British Airways flights to Heathrow really is a game changer for Inverness and the Highlands and Islands. It opens up a host of new connections and destinations via one of the world’s great aviation hubs, meaning many more people can travel to and from our region on one ticket. Local businesses will benefit from greater connectivity with London and beyond and it opens up opportunities for visitors to access all that the area has to offer.’

To meet the increased services, British Airways will park an overnight at Inverness Airport and British Airways customers will be able to travel between the two cities, complete a full working day, and return home the same day, it said.

British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced the launch of a year-round service from London City Airport to Munich starting February next year.

The new thrice-a-day service will start on February 16, 2018. With the new service, British Airways will offer four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £59.

In addition, British Airways will also add extra winter frequency on Berlin, Dublin and Prague routes from November 10 this year and to Geneva from December. Return flights to Berlin will go up to 18 a week, Dublin to 38 a week, Prague to seven a week and Geneva to 16 a week from December.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘As promised we are adding more choice for our customers at London City Airport with a new route and extra frequency to four of our most popular destinations.

‘The addition of Munich to our schedule complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we will be flying 82 return flights a week to Germany direct from the Docklands this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘A three-times-a-day Munich service is a further commitment to London City Airport operations by our home carrier, hot on the heels of the recent Rome announcement and BA CityFlyer’s fleet investment.

‘Munich is a German powerhouse for business, with Siemens a case in point for how this new route will expedite trade and investment between the cities. It is also an attractive leisure destination, evidenced right now as Bavarians and tourists celebrate the height of Oktoberfest. With the introduction of Munich to LCY’s route map, we are continuing to keep London connected to major European cities that we know passengers will love.’

British Airways announced in August that it will be adding four new aircraft to its fleet based at London City, as well as starting a new daily service to Rome and adding a fifth daily year-round service to Zurich in October. The year-round Rome route will commence on November 11, with one-way hand baggage only fares from £55.

British Airways launches new app for Executive Club members

British Airways has announced the launch of a new app for members of its Executive Club.

The new Reward app will help Executive Club members in finding new ways to collect and spend Avios and look at personalised ways to spend Avios based on the Avios balance. The Executive Club Reward app will be in addition to the current British Airways app, which is designed to assist all British Airways customers book and service pre- and post-travel needs.

The app will help members access and make purchases through the British Airways Avios eStore. Customers can also see different ways they can spend their Avios including a tool which updates the Avios needed for booking reward flights to different destinations. In addition, customers can see the latest Avios deals, view their last five transactions, and buy Avios, view account details and access their statement via different links.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: ‘We want to offer members more choice in how they interact with the British Airways Executive Club.

‘The app is a great way that members can manage their balance and stay up-to-date with the latest ways to collect and spend Avios anywhere in the world. And with handy tools like the ability to see how many Avios are needed to book reward flights, we hope it’ll help members make the most of their balances.’

Members of the British Airways Executive Club can now collect and spend Avios with more partners, including flights with British Airways, Iberia and an additional 11 Oneworld and partner airlines including American Airlines, Qantas and Japan Airlines. Subject to applicable terms and conditions, members can also choose to cut the cost of British Airways and some American Airlines flights using Avios part payment.

Besides saving on flights, members can spend Avios with 60,000 additional partner hotels and on 50,000 extra tourist locations around the world. Through the British Airways Executive Club, members can also collect Avios on everyday spending with more partners across retail, travel and credit cards and continue to collect with several retailers on the British Airways Avios eStore.

The app can be downloaded for free through the App Store or Google Play. Members will need their Executive Club details to log in. Over the next months, more features will be added to the app to further enhance the benefits to members, British Airways said.

British Airways to launch new service to Morocco from Heathrow

British Airways is planning to launch a new direct service to Marrakech from Heathrow in autumn.

The airline has said that it will be adding a new four-per-week service from Terminal 5 to the Moroccan holiday destination starting October 28, 2018. During the winter season customers will be able to fly direct to Marrakech from British Airways’ London-hub, with services taking off on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The return fares start from £132 in Euro Traveller and £332 in Club Europe, and customers may choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. They can choose from a range of savings by destination and cabin while still collecting Avios and Tier Points on their bookings, the airline said.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘Marrakech adds another exciting destination to our leisure network at Heathrow and is a fantastic starting point to explore Morocco; from trekking in the Atlas Mountains to discovering the amazing deserts and beaches and soaking up the atmosphere of the many medinas. Marrakech is one of the key tourism destinations in north Africa, so we’re excited to serve it from two of our London airports.’

The airline already flies to Marrakech from Gatwick, operating eight times a week with different flight times.

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights that it operates to other city break destinations from Heathrow this winter, with more flights to Prague, increased from 27 to 34 per week; Budapest, increased from 20 to 23 per week and Barcelona increased from 46 to 53 per week, as well as increasing the frequency to winter sun destinations such as Gibraltar from 9 to 13 per week; Larnaca from seven to 10 per week and Malaga from four to six per week.

The airline has also added Nashville to its long-haul network from Heathrow and a connection onward to the South African city of Durban with the introduction of a direct service from Terminal 5, starting October 29.

British Airways launches new route from Heathrow to Marrakech

British Airways has announced the launch a new direct service to Marrakech from Heathrow for winter.

The airline said that it will be adding a new four-per-week service from Terminal 5 to the Moroccan holiday hotspot from October 28, 2018. During the winter season, holidaymakers will be able to fly direct from British Airways’ London-hub to Marrakech for a break, with services taking off on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The airline already flies from Gatwick to Marrakech eight times a week with a choice of different flight times. The return fares start from £132 in Euro Traveller and £332 in Club Europe, and customers can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘Marrakech adds another exciting destination to our leisure network at Heathrow and is a fantastic starting point to explore Morocco; from trekking in the Atlas Mountains to discovering the amazing deserts and beaches and soaking up the atmosphere of the many medinas. Marrakech is one of the key tourism destinations in north Africa, so we’re excited to serve it from two of our London airports.’

The airline is also increasing the flight frequency to other city break destinations from Heathrow this winter, with more flights to Prague, increased from 27 to 34 per week; Budapest, increased from 20 to 23 per week; and Barcelona, from 46 to 53 per week, as well as increasing the frequency to winter sun destinations such as Gibraltar, from 9 to 13 per week; Larnaca; from 7 to 10 per week; and Malaga from four to six per week.

British Airways has recently added Nashville to its long-haul network from Heathrow and is offering travellers a new destination this winter – the South African city of Durban with a direct service from Terminal 5. From October 29, the airline will offer three direct flights a week to the spectacular South African city known for its lush green garden province and beautiful beaches.

British Airways Holidays is offering four nights at the 3 star Le Caspien Hotel, from £279 per person, travelling June 1 – June 17. In addition, the holiday company offers four nights at the five start Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, from £709 per person, travelling June 1 – June 14. The price includes Euro Traveller return flights from London Gatwick and accommodation with breakfast. Booking can be done at ba.com/Marrakech, it said.