British Airways is about to start its biggest ever summer schedule, launching new routes and offering more seats than ever before to summer holiday destinations from London’s Gatwick, Heathrow and City airports.
The British Airways summer schedule starts this Sunday (March 30, 2014) with new routes to Austin in Texas, Mykonos and Santorini in Greece, as well as Mediterranean favourites such as Malta, Porto, Malaga and Faro.
To celebrate, the airline has recruited high-flying entrepreneur and mum-of-three Michelle Mone, who has been photographed with the airline’s new A380 super jumbo, wearing a bespoke British Airways-inspired Ultimo swimming costume, designed specially for the occasion.
Michelle, who is a British Airways Executive Club gold card holder, took part in the shoot to launch the start of the summer flying schedule and for the first time also modelled pieces from Ultimo’s 2014 swimwear collection.
This summer British Airways will be offering over 37,000 more seats every month compared to Summer 2013. Ultimo founder Michelle Mone OBE, said: “I am delighted that British Airways has asked me to help launch their summer flights.
“I fly with British Airways four times a week and it’s a great honour to be part of this iconic British brand. My Ultimo team and I designed a fantastic one-off British Airways swimsuit to bring our two great brands together.”
Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial, Gatwick, said: “With more seats to more destinations, summer looks set to be bigger than ever this year with British Airways.
“We’re thrilled to have Michelle on board. Not only is she a globetrotting entrepreneur, but she’s also a loyal British Airways customer, so she was a natural choice for our summer launch.
“We’ve got some brilliant British Airways Holidays deals on ba.com to new destinations such as Malta, and added extra flights on our most popular routes to Orlando and islands across the Caribbean.
“And to get you in the holiday mood before your flight we’ve even created special British Airways music playlists for specific destinations with Spotify for you to listen to and share with friends and family.”
A choice of far flung and family-friendly destinations can be booked on ba.com, including services from Heathrow to Austin in Texas, five times a week on the airline’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner
On March 30, new twice-weekly flights also start from Heathrow to the summer hotspots of Porto, Malaga and Faro as well as new daily services from Gatwick to Malta.
Twice weekly flights start to the popular Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, from Heathrow on May 3 and May 4 respectively. Meanwhile customers flying from London City can take advantage of new flights starting from March 30 to Rotterdam, five times a week and to Florence, four times a week. A new three times a week nightly service from Edinburgh to Ibizia will also start on May 23 and run until September 8.
From March 30, customers flying to Tel Aviv will find their flights departing from Terminal 5, as British Airways re-introduces a daily four cabin Boeing 777 to the route.
The airline is also increasing the frequency of flights, with additional short-haul services from Heathrow to Rome, Basel, Zurich, Amsterdam, Aberdeen.
Changes to long-haul services from Heathrow are led by increasing flights to Chengdu from three to five a week from May 5, on a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Other frequency changes from March 30 include an extra Heathrow to JFK service, increasing flights from eight to nine a day, as well as Entebbe from three to four a week, Haneda from 12 to 14 a week and Seattle from 10 to 11 a week.
From April 1 services to Seoul become daily, and from April 27 flights to Mexico increase from five to six a week. Meanwhile, from May 1 flights to Cape Town increase from seven to 10 a week, and from 16 to 19 a week to Toronto from June 1.
Improvements to short-haul services from March 30 from Gatwick include extra weekly flights to Faro from eight to fourteen a week, to Naples from 14 to 17 a week, to Tirana from three to five a week, to Larnaca from three to five a week, and to Jersey six times a day, from Monday to Friday. There are also extra flights to Paphos, Marrakech, Catania, Salzburg and Dubrovnik.
From March 30, long-haul Gatwick services are boosted with additional weekly flights for many destinations. Punta Cana goes up from two to three a week, there’s an extra flight to Grenada increasing the service from one to two per week, Antigua goes from five to six a week, Kingston increases from three to four a week and St Lucia goes from six flights a week to a daily service.
Popular Florida holiday destination, Orlando, also increases from ten to thirteen flights a week, while customers flying from London City to the Isle of Man see services soar from seven to 18 per week.
All British Airways flights include a generous baggage allowance, free online check-in and seat selection 24 hours prior to departure as well as complimentary in-flight refreshments.
Customers travelling on short-haul services now also benefit from hand baggage only fares and the airline also recently introduced special fares for day trips, which can be booked online at ba.com or by calling 0844 493 0787.
Prices for new routes:
· Heathrow to Austin, starts from £563 return including taxes and charges
· Heathrow to Porto, starts from £133 return including taxes and charges
· Heathrow to Mykonos, starts from £221 return including taxes and charges
· Heathrow to Santorini start from £413 return including taxes and charges
· Heathrow to Malaga starts from £133 return including taxes and charges
· Heathrow to Faro start from £161 return including taxes and charges
· Gatwick to Malta starts from £109 return including taxes and charges
· London City to Rotterdam starts from £101 return including taxes and charges
· London City to Florence starts from £132 return including taxes and charges