British Airways is set to make a number of changes to its summer 2013 schedule (from March 31) including a new route, terminal changes and frequency increases.
The airline announced that it would start weekend services from Heathrow to Ibiza from April 27 thanks to the popularity of the services the airline already operates to the White Isle from both London City and Gatwick airports. The flights are on sale now from £66 one-way.
This is in addition to new Spanish flights from Heathrow to Palma (starting March 31) and from Gatwick to Lanzarote (starting March 31) and Tenerife (starting March 29). Prices to Tenerife and Lanzarote start from £83 one-way return and to Palma from £99 one-way.
The airline will also move its new Heathrow flights to Leeds Bradford and Zagreb from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5.
The Leeds flights will also be re-timed to better suit business travellers with earlier morning departures in both directions.
From the start of the summer programme on March 31 the schedule from Leeds Bradford will be reduced from four to three flights a day, with the lunchtime and early afternoon slots combined.
However, the move to T5 and the new timings will benefit both business and leisure travellers who will be able to easily connect with some of the important long-haul and European destinations.
The winter schedules to Dublin and Tripoli will continue into the summer offering up to 53 flights per week to the Republic of Ireland’s capital and three flights a week to Libya’s.
Travellers booking a short haul fare with British Airways can take advantage of the airline’s hand luggage allowance and carry on a good-sized suitcase (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) with no weight limit, plus a handbag or laptop bag as well as checking in a bag weighing up to 23kgs.
The airline also offers customers allocated seating in advance, priority boarding for families, complimentary food and drink, flights to convenient airports, high levels of customer service and a frequent flyer programme that rewards them with Avios and tier points.
On the airline’s long-haul network, Almaty will receive a non-stop service from April 2, 2013. The routel also be moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 and benefit from the introduction of a three-class aircraft. Customers will now be able to select the World Traveller Plus cabin, as well as Club World or World Traveller.
As previously announced, British Airways is also due to start flights from Gatwick to Sri Lanka from March 31 with prices starting from £604 return, and flights from Heathrow to Chengdu in China from September 22 with prices starting from £742 return.