British Airways will fly from London Gatwick to Aruba and Georgetown, Guyana in summer 2023.
BA will fly to Queen Beatrix International Airport on the island of Aruba twice weekly on Thursday & Sunday from 26 March 2023. This operates as a “tag on” to existing flights from Gatwick to Antigua.
A constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Aruba is located 18 miles north of the Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela.
The airline will also fly to Georgetown, Guyana twice weekly on Monday & Thursday from 27 March 2023. The service to Cheddi Jagan International Airport also operates as a “tag on” on BA’s service from Gatwick to Saint Lucia.
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’s parent company International Airlines Group released its half year results today, Friday 29 July 2022.
BA reported its first operating profit since COVID-19 with a profit of £54 million for the second quarter of this year. At a group level IAG made an operating profit of €293 million.
Again, BA’s recovery from COVID-19 lags that of other IAG airlines. BA’s capacity measured by Available Seat Kilometres was around 30% less than the same quarter in 2019. This compares to 13% for Iberia. Passenger revenue was also 27% less at BA, compared to 4% less for the same quarter at Iberia.
Premium leisure revenue has recovered to around 85% of 2019 levels. Premium business revenue has recovered to around 60% of 2019 levels. Again, this lags Iberia.
British Airways has relaunched its winter seasonal route from London Gatwick to Cape Town.
The route returns for the first time since COVID-19 on Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Flights will operate three times weekly until Saturday 25 March 2023.
Flights depart Gatwick on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, with the return flights from Cape Town the following day.
Extra flights to Cape Town are welcome. Though for Club World passengers you should be guaranteed to have BA’s Club Suite on a flight between Heathrow and Cape Town. Whereas at Gatwick, you are guaranteed to have BA’s old Club World cabin.
According to BA’s latest schedule updates, it will add a second daily flight from Heathrow to Cape Town on 20 November.
Sadly, following the demise of its franchise partner Comair, BA does not offer local flights within South Africa. BA does have an interline agreement with AirLink and South African Airways.
Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 25 July 2022.
BA Starts Work On Its Winter Schedules
We’re starting to get a picture of BA’s winter schedulesas it is running schedule updates for London Heathrow.
Headlines include Sydney being upgraded to a Boeing 777-300, as before the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s no sign of BA’s A380 returning to Singapore yet, but it should revert to twice daily.
A number of routes are subject to frequency reductions including Los Angeles, New Orleans and Seattle. Planned frequency increases on routes such as Dubai and Mumbai are postponed.
Some changes are only applied to the start of season. It is not immediately clear whether rolling cancellations will continue throughout the winter or there’ll be a schedule BA knows it can stick to. The latter is crucial for passenger confidence.
Full details of known changes are here which is continually updated.
On a related note, last week American Airlines said Boeing may resume 787 deliveries as soon as August. On the flip side, Heathrow painted a pessimistic picture of ground staff recruitment which seems to barely keeping up with staff attrition.