Thousands of extra seats are being added to major routes from the United States and the European Union to the United Kingdom by British Airways.
Following the government’s decision to eliminate quarantine restrictions for fully-vaccinated US and EU visitors travelling to the UK, there has been a “huge increase” in interest in travel to London.
Within a few hours, British Airways experienced a 95 percent increase in bookings from the United States, primarily from New York and Los Angeles, but also from Berlin, Geneva, and Hamburg in Europe.
Flights between New York-JFK and London Heathrow will increase to 21 per week (up from 17), and flights between Los Angeles and Chicago will increase to 10 per week beginning August 16th (up from seven).
Flights between Seattle and London Heathrow will increase to seven per week (up from four), and flights between London and Los Angeles will increase to fourteen per week beginning August 23rd.
Throughout September, the flag-carrier intends to expand its schedule between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Customers from the United States will be able to take advantage of the expanded schedule, as well as American Airlines’ services to the United Kingdom.
Passengers can also connect to British Airways’ broad UK domestic network, which includes destinations such as Newquay, Edinburgh, and Belfast, as well as a number of European destinations where entry restrictions allow.
Additional flights from European destinations such as Berlin, Geneva, and Hamburg will be added, and the timetables will be evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that the number of seats available meets customer demand.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming new visitors from the US and EU to the UK from today, many of which will be reuniting with their family members for the first time in many months,” Sean Doyle, British Airways’ chief executive, said.
“This move will also help boost the British economy and the hospitality sector, which like aviation, has been crippled by the effects of the pandemic.
“We will support our customers as we emerge from this crisis and hope for crucial travel corridors to be established to allow reciprocal agreements.”
– India’s new age travel digital media