More Mediterranean leisure routes are being added from Heathrow by British Airways next summer.The airline is introducing Olbia in Sardinia, Kos and Corfu in Greece and Split in Croatia to its network from May 1.
The new routes follow last week’s announcement that the airline will also start serving Seville, Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Funchal in Madeira from Gatwick.
Weekend day-trip tickets and cheaper hand baggage-only fares starting at £39 each-way are being introduced
Flights to all four new destinations will be on Airbus A319s and A320s from Heathrow.
The airline is also installing new cabins in 95 of its Airbus short-haul aircraft, which includes leather seats and mood lighting.
BA strategy director Lynne Embleton said: “It’s great to be able to offer an increasing number of Mediterranean destinations for customers flying from Heathrow for that weekend break in the sun or for longer holidays.
“We know these new short-haul routes are going to prove very popular after launching services to Mykonos and Santorini earlier in the year.”
Heathrow says, in its publication “Heathrow best placed for Britain ” – June 2013
“The Global Race. The UK will fall behind in the global race if it cannot connect to growing economies.”
“Keeping a successful hub in the UK means British passengers will have a greater choice of air links — particularly to long-haul emerging market destinations that are important for economic growth.”
“Global air transport provides access for our key industries to established and emerging new markets, which will help deliver economic growth across the UK.”
Heathrow’s new routes page
New routes [Just the Heathrow ones copied below].
British Airways Adds London Gatwick – Seville / Las Palmas Service from late-March 2015
British Airways from 29 MAR 15 is introducing London Gatwick – Seville service, which sees Airbus A319 operating 5 weekly flights.
Also, the oneWorld member will transfer London Heathrow – Las Palmas service to London Gatwick, where it’ll operate 2 weekly flights.
BA uses its new BMI slots at Heathrow, not for emerging economies, but largely leisure destinations. As usual.
· New routes from London Heathrow to Seoul and Zagreb
· New routes from London Gatwick to Las Vegas and Barcelona
· Bologna and Marseille flights move from Gatwick to Heathrow
· Increased frequency on numerous routeshttp://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=2401.
More BA routes from Heathrow …. to key business destinations …. Palma and Ibiza
IAG’s Willie Walsh targets emerging markets
Willie Walsh’s plans to expand International Airlines Group (IAG) into lucrative emerging markets, such as Latin America, will dominate the carrier’s annual results this week as it announces a doubling of operating profits.
The group, owner of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, hopes to use the extra Heathrow take-off and landing-slots that will be gained through its proposed BMI takeover to accelerate growth into emerging markets.
……. and so on …. (Telegraph 25.2.2012) at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/9105918/IAGs-Willie-Walsh-targets-emerging-markets.html