As travel restrictions are lifted, British Airways announced on Thursday that they will resume service across the UK and Europe throughout July. The carrier will also relaunch select long-haul flights to Bermuda, Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Toronto.
On Thursday (July 2, 2020), British Airways announced the reopening of routes throughout the UK, Europe and globally during July. By the end of the month, the carrier will resume service to destinations in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. British Airways will also relaunch domestic flights between London and Belfast, Inverness, Jersey, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay as well as double daily services to Edinburgh and Glasgow. In Thursday’s announcement, British Airways’ CEO, Alex Cruz said,
“Following months of lockdown and stress, we know people will want to be reunited with friends and family to take a well-deserved break. We have put in place measures – to UK Government and aviation regulator standards – to ensure we’re doing all we can to protect the wellbeing of our customers and colleagues and we’ll be asking them to play their part in that too.”
By the end of July, British will also expand their long-haul offer across the Americas with flights to Bermuda, Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Toronto. The additional flights join long-haul destinations currently in operation including San Francisco (which restarted in June) and destinations which were served throughout the crisis such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York-JFK and Washington with reduced frequencies. The airline will also resume July service to the Caribbean including flights to Barbados and Kingston as well as Far East service to Tokyo-Haneda, joining Hong Kong and Singapore already in operation.
British Airways is offering amazing low fares for UK holidaymakers including one-way flights to Nice and Barcelona from £55, Lisbon from £64, Rome from £65 and Malaga from £78. Guests holding vouchers for previously impacted flights can use them for new bookings and can also use Avios toward Reward flights, upgrades, car rentals and hotel bookings. Additionally, Avios can be applied toward partial payments where customers can select destination and cabin while still earning Avios and Tier Points.
As the carrier ramps up operations, British Airways has implemented a range of health and safety measures to ensure the wellness of travelers. British Airways recommends that customers check-in online and download boarding passes and self-scan their passes at the departure gate where possible. Social distancing should be observed throughout the airports and hand sanitizer should be used regularly. Face masks must also be used throughout the journey and should be replaced every four hours during longer flights. Naturally, customers exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms should not travel for their own wellbeing and that of the community.
British Airways team members have also been provided with PPE kit and a new food service has been developed to limit unnecessary interactions. Guests are also asked to retrieve everything they need from their hand luggage prior to departure and where possible, should store their carry-on bag under the seat in front of them, to further limit contact points. British Airways has also implemented enhanced aircraft cleaning procedures with all key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables are meticulously cleaned after each flight and the entire aircraft thoroughly cleaned daily. All British Airways aircraft are equipped with hospital operating theater grade HEPA filters which remove 99.9% of airborne particulates, including bacteria and virus clusters, as the cabin air is recycled every 2-3 minutes.
Source: British Airways