British Airways launches summer schedule

New routes, increased frequencies but some withdrawals

British Airways plcAlthough the freezing weather in the UK would suggest otherwise, 1st April marks the start of British Airways summer schedule with a raft of route and frequency changes. Quite why the airline felt the need to get Mylene Klass to parade around in her bikini is beyond us (and no, we won’t be re-publishing the offending picture here you naughty people) but then what do we know?

Many of the changes are obvious increases in frequency to southern European destinations that see far greater traffic over the summer months, ie Spain. Amongst the increase in flights however there are also brand new routes such as from Gatwick to Tenerife and London City to Granada which we have already reported on.

DSCN1500Long-haul, British Airways has commenced flights between London Gatwick and Sri Lanka while services between Heathrow and Chengdu in China begin in September. Other destinations, such as Amman, Beirut, Jeddah, Nairobi, Hyderabad, Mexico City, Rio, Boston, Phoenix and Seattle will also see an uplift in frequency over the summer.

British Airways PlcIn addition to new routes and increased frequency, British Airways will continue the merry-go-round process at Heathrow with flights moving between Terminals 1, 3 & 5. The airline is keen to move as many flights to Terminal 5 as possible but, even with the opening of satellite Terminal 5C, capacity remains an issue and busing passengers between the airport terminal and aircraft is always unpopular.

Finally, at the same time as British Airways adds routes and frequency, other destinations lose their flights entirely. These include Yerevan in Georgia (British Airways inherited this route from bmi but has been unable to make a profit) and Dar Es Salam in Tanzania which the airline has served for many years (my sister, a BA baby, was born in Dar!).



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