• Joe Breitfeller

British Airways Gears up for Takeoff, Including Service to ‘Green List’ Countries

This morning British Airways’ first flight to a green list country, BA492, departed London-Heathrow for Gibraltar at 7:10 am. The carrier will operate 70 departures today from London, including six flights to green list countries.


British Airways Airbus A321 - Courtesy British Airways

On Monday (May 17, 2021), British Airways announced the departure of their first flight to a ‘green list’ country, with the takeoff of flight BA492 from London-Heathrow to Gibraltar this morning at 7:10 am. The carrier will operate 70 departures from London airports today with six services to green list countries including a flight to Lisbon, three flights to Faro and one flight to Funchal in Madeira. Currently, British Airways has suspended flights to Tel Aviv. To celebrate the launch of the first green list flight this morning, British Airways’ CEO Sean Doyle and Heathrow Airport Limited’s CEO John Holland-Kaye hosted a virtual conference from British Airways’ home at Terminal 5.


Marking the first green list flight from Heathrow this morning, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, said,


“Today, the first day of a return to international travel, is a special day for many people, because for so long now families have been separated, business has suffered, and we know that our customers haven’t been able to take the breaks abroad that they’ve wanted. After more than a year of limited flying, we’re pleased to be back in the skies – albeit with a very small number of flights.”

British Airways has introduced trials of travel apps to upload documentation, a virtual queuing system, pre-flight food ordering by Euro Traveller customers, and delivery of menu items in their lounges to seats by QR codes. All these enhancements have been designed to make the flying experience as frictionless as possible. The airline has consistently championed testing to reopen travel safely and has introduced a wide range of discounted COVID-19 pre-departure, return to the UK and arrivals testing options. British Airways has a dedicated webpage where customers can find the right test to meet their destination entry requirements. For more information, please visit ba.com or click here. The video below, courtesy of British Airways, prepares guests for a seamless travel experience as the world returns to flight.




Source: British Airways