British Airways plans to reintegrate the Airbus A380 into its fleet in November as it prepares to operate its biggest flight program since March 2020.
Following the announcement that the US would allow non-EU and UK travelers to enter in early November, BA will initially fly the A380 on short-haul routes to allow crews to familiarize themselves with the aircraft. service, then travel to Miami and Los Angeles in the United States, as well as Dubai in December.
The airline is expected to serve 23 US airports this winter with up to 246 flights per week. In addition to the restart of services, BA will increase frequencies to New York, initially to five per day, then to eight in December. It will also operate daily flights to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as well as daily flights to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver.
In October and November, BA will restart its services to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore.
The carrier has also increased its flights to a number of short-haul destinations. including Marrakech, Morocco, and Dalaman, Turkey, and will launch flights to Antalya, Turkey. It will restart services to Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg in December, while operations from Heathrow or Gatwick to Barbados, Antigua, Saint Lucia, Maldives and Mauritius will be extended over the Christmas period.
Elsewhere, BA said it would increase year-round flights to European cities with 48 weekly services to Amsterdam, 33 to Geneva, 35 to Dublin, 28 to Milan and 21 each to Berlin, Paris and Rome.
The BA CityFlyer subsidiary is expected to operate a schedule of 43 weekly flights to Edinburgh, 33 to Dublin, 25 to Glasgow, 18 to Belfast, 16 to Amsterdam, 15 to Rotterdam, 15 to Berlin, 12 to Frankfurt, 12 to Düsseldorf and 11 to Zurich , all from London City Airport. The airline is also preparing to launch a new route from Belfast to Birmingham and from London City and Southampton to Salzburg.
British Airways lounges are also reopening, with customers returning to its Concorde room in London and New York in September. The shows in Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and Houston are scheduled to reopen this week.
Originally published in BTN Europe.