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British Airways Welcomes Back A380 and Launches Largest Schedule Since March 2020

British Airways will welcome back their A380s which will initially operate to Los Angeles, Miami and Dubai. With U.S. borders reopening, the carrier will also add more flights to key cities, including New York, with up to eight daily flights by December.


British Airways Welcomes Airbus A380 Back to Operating Fleet - Courtesy British Airways

On Wednesday (October 6, 2021), British Airways announced the return of their Airbus A380s starting in November and the launch of the airline’s biggest schedule since March 2020. During November, the A380 will initially operate on short-haul destinations for crew familiarization, followed by service to Miami, Los Angeles and Dubai in December. Following the announcement that vaccinated Brits can travel to the U.S. from November, British Airways is set to fly to 23 U.S. airports this winter, with up to 246 weekly flights, more than any other transatlantic carrier.


In Wednesdays announcement, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, Neil Chernoff, said,


“This is an exciting time for British Airways and our customers as we see borders re-opening. With welcome news from the US, we are dramatically increasing flights and bringing home some of our A380s to give our customers as many options as possible. Elsewhere across our network we are also adding additional services to destinations all over the world, to ensure our customers can take advantage of a much-needed holiday.”


In addition to eight daily flights to New York by December, British Airways will offer double-daily service 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. During October and November, the airline will also resume service to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore, while flights to Nashville and New Orleans will restart in December.

Closer to home, British Airways has also increased flights to a number of short-haul destinations with the addition of 13,000 seats to holiday hotspots for October, including Marrakech, Dalaman and Antalya. In December, the carrier will restart flights to a number of ski destinations including Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg. Additionally, British Airways is extending their Caribbean program for Christmas with 12 weekly services to Barbados, and nine flights weekly to Antigua and St. Lucia, which will be spilt across Heathrow and Gatwick. The carrier will also increase service to the Maldives and Mauritius with 10 and six weekly flights, respectively.


British Airways is also increasing short-haul year-round service to key European cities with 48 weekly flights to Amsterdam, 33 to Geneva, 35 to Dublin, 28 to Milan and 21 to Berlin, Paris and Rome. BA City Flyer will offer 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. The airline will also launch new service between Belfast and Birmingham, as well as to Salzburg from London City and Southampton.



Source: British Airways