The easing of US travel restrictions this month has led to British Airways to resume their transatlantic flights once more. It marks the first time that the airline has carried out these routes since the pandemic forced them to cease such operations. The news is bound to be welcomed by travelers on both sides of the pond, with the US and the UK both considered top winter travel destinations for travelers from both countries.
The transatlantic route is a highly competitive route that has already seen a lot of changes throughout the pandemic so far, such as newcomers to the route and old faces dropping out, and the return of British Airways to the scene could result in more competitive prices for travelers. Here’s a closer look at British Airways’ return to transatlantic travel, including which destinations in the US the airline will be heading to.
British Airways Flies Transatlantic – What Travelers Should Know
In the fight to restore international travel to normality, November 8th is set to be a landmark date for American travelers. International travel numbers have exploded since restrictions were eased on the 8th, with the appetite for travel seemingly greater than ever as a result of travelers being starved from travel for so long. Thankfully for American travelers, heading to the UK is set to become even easier, too.
On November 8th, British Airways finally returned to transatlantic travel with a flight from Heathrow to New York’s JFK Airport, when its flight took off alongside a Virgin Atlantic jet in a symbolic gesture. Just a week later, the airline is now set to scale up its operations. A flight took off from London Gatwick to Tampa just yesterday, whilst flights to Orlando are set to resume on Friday November 19th for the first time since March 2020, when the pandemic started to affect travel on a wider scale.
Speaking about the return to Florida, Claire Bentley, the managing director of British Airways Holidays, said:
“Orlando and Tampa are among our most popular destinations, so we know how much our customers are looking forward to heading back. Florida is such a diverse state, so whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, a theme park adventure or an epic road trip, there’s something for every type of traveller.”
As far as the bigger picture is concerned, these flights are just the tip of the iceberg. In total, British Airways is planning on operating flights to as many as 23 US airports this winter, with 246 flights a week scheduled from January. At present, seven flights a week are scheduled to New York, whilst the frequency is set to increase to 8 by the middle of December – just in time for some last minute Christmas present shopping.
British Airways is also aware of the potential for high demand for the routes. The airline is set to start flying its A380s aircraft on flights to the US once more, with the large airplanes due to start flying to Miami from Heathrow on December 5th, to Los Angeles from December 9th and to Dallas from March 27th, meaning passengers won’t have to worry too much about missing out on tickets.
Also set to resume in December are flights from London Heathrow to the popular US destinations New Orleans and Nashville, giving travelers even more destinations to head to and more airports to start their vacations from.
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