British Airways will start flying from Stansted this summer, adding a fourth London airport to its network. From 28 May 2016, the airline will launch flights to Berlin, Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza, operated by BA CityFlyer.
Customers on the Stansted flights will be travelling on modern, comfortable 98 seat Embraer 190 jets, which are usually based at London City Airport.
Luke Hayhoe, General Manager Commercial and Customer at BA CityFlyer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our London network and to give our customers even more choice of where to fly from this summer.
Stansted is a growing airport and we will be offering a full scheduled service to some of the most popular European destinations, complementing our existing services from other London airports."
Stansted MD, Andrew Harrison said: “I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May this year.
Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.
I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success."
UK citizens can now get through US passport control faster by joining Global Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) programme.
The scheme allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers arriving in the United States.
Benefits include no processing queues, no requirement to complete a paper customs declaration form, reduced waiting times and TSA Precheck✓® Eligibility (faster, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airports).
Membership lasts for five years and the application process includes background checks (at a non-refundable cost of £42 payable to the UK government), online enrolment with the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (at a non-refundable cost of $100 USD) and attendance at a face to face interview at an official enrolment centre.
It’s now easier than ever to spend your Avios on British Airways flights thanks to two new features on our app.
With just a swipe of a finger, you can use the new Reward Flight Finder to find flights which can be booked using Avios or a combination of Avios and cash. The latest release of the app also features a completely redesigned flight booking experience, using the latest technology and user-friendly design to speed up the process.
The newly enhanced app is available to download on both Apple and Android smartphones, simply visit the app store.
Fast Track customers departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5 can now use a new dedicated entrance to the left of North Security. This new facility offers a more seamless security process for our premium customers, and leads directly in to the North Fast Track security lanes.
British Airways’ new Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 launches on selected flights in October 2015 with a number of new features.
The new aircraft is 20 feet longer than the 787-8, allowing room for a brand new First cabin with more storage space. With just eight suites, the new First cabin provides an even quieter and more intimate experience.
The in-flight entertainment controls have also been updated throughout, with new seat-integrated handsets. Wider seats also feature in World Traveller, allowing for a more comfortable journey.
The new 787-9 starts flying to Delhi on 25 October 2015.
If you're a member of the British Airways Executive Club, you can now collect Avios on yet another partner airline.
From 18 November 2014, you'll be able to collect Avios when you fly on any Meridiana flight and also visit ba.com to spend your Avios on Meridiana's extensive network.
Meridiana has a history of over 50 years and carries over 4 million passengers annually in Italy and abroad. So take advantage of this new partnership to collect or spend your Avios when you book to fly on Meridiana.
Have you ever seen flights at the price you want, but you're not ready to commit? You can now hold your flights and the price for up to 72 hours on ba.com. Shorthaul flights can be held for £5 ($5/€5) per person and longhaul flights for £10 ($10/€10) per person.
Your flights won’t sell out and the price won’t go up while you make your decision, and once you pay for your booking, we’ll refund the fee you paid.
British Airways has launched a new online tool - 'My Flightpath’, which gives you your own personal travelogue.
If you're a Member of the British Airways Executive Club, log on now to see a timeline of all the flights you've taken since you joined. It brings together the destinations and countries that you've flown to most frequently and charts it all on a map.
Every wondered if you've flown around the world yet? By using 'My Flightpath' you'll be able to see how many miles you've flown on British Airways since joining the Executive Club and how many times round the world that would be.
Within 'My Flightpath', you'll also find ‘My Passport’ where you'll be awarded milestone stamps for the number of countries or flights flown. These milestones can also be shared with friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.
Ian Romanis, head of customer engagement, said: “We wanted to give customers something that would help them to capture the magic of flying and we’re sure they will enjoy sharing their travelling milestones with their friends.”
If you're already a Member of the Executive Club you can see 'My Flightpath' by logging into your account. If you're not yet a member of the Executive Club, it's easy to join. When you start flying on British Airways flights, you'll see the miles clock up towards your first circuit of the world.
SriLankan Airlines has joined oneworld with effect from 1 May 2014.
SriLankan Airlines is the national airline of Sri Lanka. The airline currently operated to 32 destinations in 20 countries. With a fleet of over 20 aircraft, they cover a vast area of South Asia.
If you're a member of the Executive Club, make sure you collect your Avios and Tier Points if you fly on a SriLankan Airlines flight.
Find out about our new routes, and also where we're making changes to our routes.