AviationClear skies ahead as world's largest airliner returns to British Airways’ fleet in November.

British Airways brings back the A380 to meet tourism boom

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British Airways is preparing to operate its biggest flight schedule since March 2020.
British Airways is preparing to operate its biggest flight schedule since March 2020.

British Airways plans to add the Airbus A380 back into its fleet in November as it prepares to operate its biggest flight schedule since March 2020.

Following the news that the US would allow non-citizen travellers from Europe and the UK to enter in early November, British Airways initially will fly the A380 on short-haul routes to allow for crew service familiarisation followed by operating to Miami and Los Angeles in the US, as well as Dubai in December.

The airline is set to fly to 23 US airports this winter with up to 246 flights a week. In addition to restarting services, BA will increase frequencies to New York, initially to five a day followed by eight in December.

British Airways also will operate double-daily services to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as well as daily flights to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver.

In October and November, British Airways will restart services to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore. The carrier has also increased flights to a number of short-haul destinations, including Marrakech, Morocco, and Dalaman, Turkey, and will launch flights to Antalya, Turkey.

It will restart services to Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg in December, while operations from either Heathrow or Gatwick to Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, Maldives and Mauritius will be extended over the Christmas period.

Elsewhere, British Airways said it will increase year-round flights to European cities with 48 weekly services to Amsterdam, 33 to Geneva, 35 to Dublin, 28 to Milan and 21 each to Berlin, Paris and Rome.

Subsidiary British Airways CityFlyer is expected to operate a schedule of 43 weekly flights to Edinburgh, 33 to Dublin, 25 to Glasgow, 18 to Belfast, 16 to Amsterdam, 15 to Rotterdam, 15 to Berlin, 12 to Frankfurt, 12 to Dusseldorf and 11 to Zurich, all from London City Airport. The airline is also set to launch a new route from Belfast to Birmingham and from London City and Southampton to Salzburg.

British Airways lounges are also reopening, with customers welcomed back to its Concorde Room in London and New York in September. Lounges in Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and Houston are expected to reopen this week.

Source: Travel Weekly

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