BA launches seasonal routes to Olbia, Kos, Corfu & Split

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

The summer seasonal route is now a regular fixture of BA’s summer timetable at London Heathrow.

Last year, BA operated summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Mykonos, Palma, Porto and Santorini. These routes return next summer.

Also launching next summer are new routes from London Heathrow to Olbia in Sardinia (twice weekly), Kos (twice weekly) and Corfu (four times weekly) and Split in Croatia (twice weekly).

Flights operate between 1 May 2015 and 20 September 2015 and are on sale now. Note that flight times vary by time of day, so check timetables carefully before booking.

These routes are complemented by summer seasonal routes from London Gatwick to Seville, Funchal in Madeira and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

BA returns to Kuala Lumpur from 27 May 2015

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British Airways Boeing 777 at London Heathrow
British Airways Boeing 777 at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today, 17 September 2014, announced it is to return to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur from 27 May 2015.

BA will operate a daily flight from London Heathrow Terminal 5, initially with a four class Boeing 777. This may change to Boeing 787).

Here is the initial timetable:

Flight BA33 Depart London Heathrow 20:15 – Arrive Kuala Lumpur 16:00
Flight BA34 Depart Kuala Lumpur 23:05 – Arrive London Heathrow 05:25

The flight timings work well for the business traveller. BA and others have long argued that expansion at Heathrow will open up routes to the East, so it is good to evidence of this in action.

It’s noteworthy that BA has allocated a peak early arrival slot to this route, traditionally reserved for long-standing “trunk” routes such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Johannesburg, so it’s clearly expected to an important route.

BA previously flew to Kuala Lumpur until March 2001, when flights were suspended as part of wide-ranging review of BA’s route network. BA’s predecessor airlines first served Malaysia in 1933.

Kuala Lumpur by BOAC (Image Credit: British Airways)
Kuala Lumpur by BOAC (Image Credit: British Airways)

Kuala Lumpur is of course currently served twice daily by fellow Oneworld alliance partner Malaysian Airlines which has had some well documented problems of late and is currently undergoing a restructuring. There is no news yet on whether Malaysian Airlinesis to reduce capacity from London Heathrow. As BA and Malaysian do not have anti-trust immunity they would be prohibited from discussing/co-ordinating capacity and scheduling decisions on this route.

There is also no news yet on any codeshares with Malaysian Airlines on regional routes from Malaysia which we expect will be important to sustain the route.

Flights are now on sale on ba.com

At Kuala Lumpur airport, eligible passengers will have access to the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge. BA flights will depart from Satellite Terminal A.

Finally, for various reasons, new routes to Asia tend to take a while to grow passenger traffic and BA has in the past offered special fares for new route launches such as Chengdu and Seoul, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for any special fares when launch date approaches.

Update May 2015: Contrary to our suggestions above, forward bookings have been described by IAG CEO Willie Walsh as being very strong, so we do not expect any downgrading of capacity by BA on this route.

London Heathrow – Tripoli cancelled indefinitely

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

The Foreign Office is currently advising against all travel to Libya and encourages Britons in the country to leave.

This is in response to a high threat to foreign nationals from terrorist incidents such as kidnappings. BBC News is currently reporting on a fire at a fuel storage facility in Tripoli.

In response to the Foreign Office advice, British Airways has cancelled its daily flight to Tripoli until Tuesday 5 August 2014 at the earliest indefinitely.

Passengers booked to travel to Tripoli are offered a refund or travel to alternative gateway within 300 mile radius of Tripoli, or Cairo.

BA adds 3rd daily Heathrow – Cape Town flight (for 9 days!)

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Cape Town
Cape Town (Image Credit: British Airways)

Cape Town has long been a popular leisure destination for UK holidaymakers, particularly in the winter months of the northern hemisphere.

BA currently serves the city ten times weekly during the UK summer season and twice daily during the UK winter season.

BA will now be adding a third daily flight for just nine days between 2 January and 11 January 2015 to meet high demand in the New Year.

These flights are:

Flight BA 45 Depart London Heathrow 16:30 – Arrive Cape Town 06:05 (first flight 2 January, last flight 10 January)

Flight BA 44 Depart Cape Town 09:15 – Arrive London Heathrow 19:00 (first flight 3 January, last flight 11 January)

It’s also worth noting that first class will be available on these extra flights. During the winter season, flights BA 43 and BA 42 will operate without first class.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

BA suspends Heathrow – Agadir from 26 October 2014

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British Airways Tailfin (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)
British Airways Tailfin (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)

British Airways has announced it is to suspend its twice weekly service from London Heathrow to Agadir from 26 October 2014.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellation. However, we assume that poor commercial performance is a factor.

This was a route inherited by BA from its takeover of bmi in 2012 and is one of many subsequent route cancellations.

These include Damascus (29 May 2012), Addis Ababa (10 June 2012), Dammam (16 September 2012), Bishkek, Khartoum (1 October 2012), Tehran (12 October 2012), Yerevan (13 October 2012), Amristar, Casablanca, Marrakech (28 October 2012) and Tbilisi (31 March 2013).

Affected passengers have the option of a full refund or flying to Marrakech from London Gatwick or Casablanca via Madrid. No direct alternative route is available.

BA moves Heathrow – Barcelona from Terminal 5 to 3 from Sun 26 October 2014

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Barcelona, Spain, Sunrise, Sky
Barcelona Skyline at Sunrise (Image Credit: London Air Travel

British Airways has confirmed that all of its flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona (up to 8 a day) will move from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 from Sunday 24 October 2014.

The move is to accommodate the move of Belfast & Dublin flights from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5.

BA launches “day tripper” weekend tickets from London Heathrow

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways continues to battle to regain lost market share in the European short-haul market from easyJet.

The airline has today, 5 March 2014, announced a new fare enabling passengers to do “out and back in a day” trips to a number of short-haul destinations in the UK and mainland Europe on Saturdays and Sundays.

The lead-in return fares are £79 to Dublin and Geneva, £89 for Edinburgh and Rome and £99 for Vienna and Munich. These fares are available for booking now and we note that relatively short notice weekend fares for these destinations are significantly cheaper than others.

BA claim that these fares may be extended to other short-haul destinations in due course. We infer these fares are something of an experiment to help fill otherwise relatively quiet early morning and late night flights on weekends.

That said, this is a welcome innovation and certainly something we can see ourselves taking advantage of.

If the experience of “Hand Baggage Only” fares is anything to by, it should be extended across the network very quickly.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

BA launches its inaugural flight from London Heathrow to Austin

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Image Credit: Heathrow)

Today, 3 March 2014, at 12:35, a Boeing 787 operating as British Airways flight BA191 will depart from London Heathrow Terminal 5. 10 hours and 25 minutes later it should land at Bergstrom International airport in Austin, Texas, completing the inaugural flight from London Heathrow to Austin.

Initially the service will operate five times a week, increasing to daily from 5 May 2014.

This is the first new transatlantic route launched by BA since Las Vegas in 2009 and San Diego in 2011.

It is noteworthy as this is the first route launched specifically for the Boeing 787 which has, to date, been used to either replace Boeing 767s on transatlantic flights or Boeing 777s on “thinner” Asia routes.

Although much has been made by BA and its parent company International Airlines Group that the Boeing 787 will aid the launch of new routes between London and Asia, we expect further transatlantic routes to by opened up by the 787, particularly because of the support provided by BA’s transatlantic joint-venture partner, American Airlines.

Not only do more routes give BA network strength against Delta and Virgin Atlantic, but also the Middle Eastern carriers who have only begun to scratch the surface of the North America market.

Flights to Austin can be booked via BA.com or as codeshares via American Airlines.

BA to move Heathrow – Belfast & Dublin flights to Terminal 5

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today confirmed that its flights from London Heathrow to Belfast City and Dublin airports (together making 12 return flights a day) will move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 from Sunday 24 October 2014.

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BA to move out of London Heathrow Terminal 1 in 2015

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London Heathrow Terminal 1 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

Ever since BA took over bmi 18 months ago, it has found itself returned to a situation it was in three years ago at London Heathrow.  That is operating across three terminals in the airport (1, 3 and 5).

This is plainly undesirable from the perspective of both passenger experience and efficiency.  Terminal 1 is unpopular for many reasons, not least the general condition of the terminal which is due to close in 2016.

BA has now confirmed that it will consolidate its operations in Terminals 3 and 5 from 2015. The new Terminal 2 will not be used by any Oneworld carriers.

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