British Airways to restart Abu Dhabi flights in 2024

The UK's national flag carrier, British Airways*, has announced that it will recommence daily flights to the capital of the UAE*.

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The service to Abu Dhabi* will begin on 20 April 2024 from London Heathrow, operated aboard a Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Neil Chernoff, BA Network & Alliances Director, said: "Abu Dhabi is a unique destination that is making a very welcome return to our network.

"With a blend of beach, city and desert, it has everything our customers are looking for in a Middle Eastern trip, and we look forward to welcoming them back on board as we grow our footprint in the UAE."

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BA reveals new winter 2023/24 flights to Riga, Belgrade & Cologne

BA has announced that it will add to its short-haul collection with new flights to the Latvian capital of Riga, the Serbian capital of Belgrade and the German city of Cologne from October 2023.

The flight to Riga* will commence on 29 October 2023, operating three times per week from London Heathrow. Meanwhile, flights to Belgrade* will begin on 31 October 2023 also operating three times per week from London Heathrow.

A new weekly flight to Cologne* in Germany will start on 30 October and run for 12 weeks, while the airline's subsidiary, BA Cityflyer, will operate a weekly service to Milan* and a new weekly flight to Turin*, all from London Heathrow.

BA's Director of Network and Alliances, Neil Chernoff, said: "We are excited to be adding European cities Riga, Belgrade and Cologne to our route network.

"We also know that Italy in particular is a firm favourite with our customers, so we look forward to adding more capacity with flights to Milan and Turin, alongside more choice across Europe generally."

BA Euroflyer to launch winter flights to Fuerteventura

BA Euroflyer, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK's national flag carrier, British Airways, has announced that it will commence flights to Fuerteventura* this winter.

The route will operate from London Gatwick to the Canarian island twice weekly from 2 November 2023, while a third-weekly flight will be added from 28 February 2024.

BA Euroflyer's CEO, Tom Stoddart, said: "Adding Fuerteventura means we now fly to the four largest Canary Islands, which are great options for families, couples and friends alike.

"Fuerteventura enjoys warm weather year-round, so it is a great option for those looking for winter sunshine without travelling further afield."

BA Euroflyer recently announced summer 2023 flights to Montpellier, Corfu, Mykonos and Salzburg as well as new winter 2023/2024 routes to Sharm El Sheikh and Innsbruck.

British Airways to restart winter route to Sharm el-Sheikh

The UK's national flag carrier, British Airways, has revealed that it will restart flights to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh* for the winter season.

Operated by BA's subsidiary Euroflyer, flights will depart from London Gatwick four times a week from 3 November 2023.

Flights, which include a complimentary snack and drink, will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with an additional Saturday flight running until 15 December 2023.

Sharm el-Sheikh is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Egypt* and at just five-and-a-half-hours away, it's a long-favoured winter sun destination, too.

British Airways to launch Cincinnati route from June 2023

BA has announced that it will launch new flights to Cincinnati* in Ohio, USA*.

The new route, which will begin on 5 June 2023, will be the only direct link between the UK and Ohio, and it will be operated aboard BA's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

It will connect London Heathrow with the third-largest city in the Midwestern state in under nine hours and provides a gateway to neighbouring states including Kentucky and Indiana.

This new route comes hot off the (w)heels of the new route to Aruba* (via Antigua*), which took to the skies from London Gatwick in March 2023.

Executive Club members can now use Avios on BA Holidays

BA will now allow Executive Club* members to put their Avios points towards the cost of trips with British Airways Holidays.

Previously, Avios could only be spent on flights but now points from the popular loyalty scheme will be able to be used against the cost or the deposit of a break with British Airways Holidays* too.

Travellers will be able to use their Avios* towards booking a flight and hotel and/or car package. Alternatively, travellers can use Avios to secure their holiday with a deposit as long as the balance is paid off in full up to five weeks before travel for short-haul trips or seven weeks for long-haul.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: "Now more than ever we want to give as many options as possible when it comes to booking that much-needed holiday, so we are really excited to offer our Executive Club Members the ability to spend Avios on a package with British Airways Holidays.

"When people book with us, they can do so knowing that we take their holiday seriously. As well as a wide range of holidays to suit all travellers and budgets, we have a dedicated helpline available to customers at any point during their holiday, so they can switch off and relax knowing that they are in safe hands."

British Airways to restart flights to China from April 2023

BA has put fares to China* from London on sale for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic closed borders and cancelled routes.

British Airways was hot on the heels of Virgin Atlantic, which also just announced that it will restart flights to China from May 2023.

BA's route from London Heathrow to Shanghai* will recommence on 23 April 2023 on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the flight to the country's capital, Beijing*, will restart from London Heathrow on 3 June 2023 and operate four times per week.

Noella Ferns, Head of Sales for BA's Asia Pacific region, said: "We can't wait to welcome our customers back on board our flights from Shanghai and Beijing.

"We know they've been looking forward to reuniting with family and friends, coming to study in the UK and resuming business between China and the UK."

British Airways to launch daily flights to Florence from April 2023

British Airways is set to launch a new flight to Florence* from London. The new route will operate daily from London Heathrow as of 26 April 2023.

Neil Chernoff, Director of Networks and Alliances at British Airways, said: "We know our customers love visiting Tuscany, which is why we already operate flights from London City to Florence.

"We've added this new route from Heathrow to the Tuscan capital to offer them even more choice to explore this incredible Italian region."

British Airways to increase Bermuda & Cayman Islands flights

British Airways has announced that it will increase flights to both Bermuda and the Cayman Islands from spring 2023.

The airline will commence daily flights to Bermuda*, departing from London Heathrow, from 26 March 2023.

Meanwhile, an additional departure to the Cayman Islands*, which goes via the Bahamas*, will take the airline's total to five flights per week, also departing from London Heathrow from 26 Match 2023.

Tracy Berkeley, Interim Chief Executive at Bermuda Tourism Authority, said: "We want to thank British Airways for their confidence in Bermuda as a destination and providing UK visitors with more flexibility and convenience in getting here."

British Airways to restart Las Vegas route in 2023

British Airways has announced that it will restart its route between London Gatwick* and Las Vegas*, USA.

The route, which was suspended during the height of the pandemic, will operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 26 March 2023 and 28 October 2023.

Flights from London Gatwick to Las Vegas in 2023 can now be booked online at*.

British Airways to launch new routes to Guyana & Aruba

BA has revealed that it will launch two exciting new routes to Guyana and Aruba from March 2023.

Both flights will depart from London Gatwick* and operate aboard the airline's B777-200 aircraft twice weekly.

Flights to Aruba* will begin on 26 March 2023 and include a brief stop in Antigua, while flights to Guyana* will start on 27 March 2023 and go via St Lucia.

The airline is also set to commence a direct route to Port of Spain in Trinidad* from 26 March 2023. While the destination is not new, the flight will go direct instead of, as it currently does, calling at St Lucia.

British Airways to launch new routes to the Azores for summer 2022

British Airways has released details of its latest new summer 2022 route from London to the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores*.

The weekly flights from London Heathrow will take passengers to two destinations across the islands: firstly, the capital of Ponta Delgada* on Sao Miguel island (between 2 July and 3 September) and neighbouring Terceira island (between 10 July and 28 August).

BA's Director of Network and Alliances, Neil Chernoff, said: "After a difficult 18 months, it's fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow.

"These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers."

BA to launch European flights from Southampton Airport

It's been revealed that BA CityFlyer, the subsidiary of British Airways based at London City Airport, has taken a number of former Flybe slots at Southampton Airport.

This will enable the airline to offer holiday routes to much-loved destinations from the south of England between 1 May 2021 and 30 October 2021 on its Embraer 190 aircraft.

From 1 May 2021, BA will operate flights to Faro in the Algarve, Portugal, Florence*, in Tuscany, Italy, Malaga, Costa del Sol in southern Spain and Palma on the Balearic Island of Majorca, with Ibiza joining the schedule from the 2 May.

Building on this, from 15 May, you'll be able to reach three destinations in France: Bergerac, Limoges and Nice, then from 16 May the longest route from Southampton to the glorious island of Mykonos in Greece will take to the skies.

In addition to these, BA will run weekly flights to Berlin and Edinburgh.

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Updated on Monday 23 October 2023

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