Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 1 August 2022.
Iberia Restores Latin America Route Network
Iberia, currently the star performer at IAG, has confirmed its route network for the winter season.
The airline will return to Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, both three times weekly. These are the last long haul routes Iberia intends to reinstate post COVID-19.
Together with Aer Lingus and BA this means IAG has largely restored is pre-COVID-19 route network to the Americas.
Routes benefiting from increased frequencies include Havana which goes to five times weekly. Frequency increases are also planned on Guatemala – El Salvador and Quito – Guayaquil.
Bogota, Buenos Aires and Mexico City will be served twice daily. Lima, Santiago and São Paulo will be served daily.
Montevideo, Panama City and Puerto Rico will also be served throughout the winer.
On North American routes, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas / Fort Worth and Los Angeles will continue throughout the winter. As do New York JFK and Miami up to twice daily. San Francisco and Washington Dulles will end for the winter.
BA World Traveller Plus Check-in
One to file under not sure when this happened but it does not appear to have been announced.
When BA introduced dedicated World Traveller Plus check-in desks at London Gatwick, it did say these would follow at London Heathrow. You should now find these at Zone G in Terminal 5.
Full check-in zone details for Terminal 5 are on ba.com
Also of interest this week:
Etihad CEO Tony Douglas, also formerly of Heathrow, on John Holland-Kaye’s comments it may take the airport 18 months to recover from staff shortages: “I don’t know whether 18 months is reasonable. Because it’s an awful long time to put up with a substandard experience, that’s for sure. Maybe he knows something that we don’t in terms of security clearance. [But] I wouldn’t be happy accepting that.” (The Telegraph)
From the same organ, now that Frontier lost out to JetBlue on buying US airline Spirit, might its backers Indigo Partners turn to easyJet? (The Telegraph)
The CAA publishes June 2022 traffic data for domestic and international routes. In terms of new & returning transatlantic routes, Pittsburgh, Portland and San Jose had 5,300, 6,639 and 4,848 passengers respectively. This equates to approximate load factors of around 77%, 78% and 76%.
“Dispirited Australia.” Another long read on Qantas’ operational problems in Australia. (The Guardian)
News from London Air Travel you may have missed:
BA relaunches London Gatwick – Cape Town. (London Air Travel)
IAG orders more Airbus A320neo family aircraft. (London Air Travel)
Late post publication updates:
[Reserved for updates throughout the day]
British Airways has taken all short haul flights from Heathrow, up to & including Monday 8 August, off sale. This includes full fare tickets and is to leave space for passengers whose flights are cancelled to be rebooked.
Finnair will launch a weekly flight to Guangzhou from Tuesday 6 September. The airline currently serves Shanghai weekly.
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