British Airways plans to fly 67 routes by the end of July

Jul 7, 2020

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information. 

British Airways is gearing up for a return to long-haul and European short-haul service. During the coronavirus lockdown, the carrier had mostly halted passenger flights, opting to operate necessary flights. However, by the end of July, the carrier plans to pick service back up in a big way.

In the first-quarter earnings call of International Airlines Group (IAG) in May, the company that owns British Airways, CEO Willie Walsh said that the airline planned to make a “meaningful return to service” from July. Based on route information published by BA and collected by RoutesOnline, the carrier appears to plan on operating 17 long-haul routes by the end of July.

As of 7 July, the 17 July long-haul routes break down as follows:

  • 13 to the Americas: Barbados (BGI), Bermuda (BDA), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Kingston (KIN), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Toronto (YYZ), Washington, D.C. (IAD); and
  • 4 to Asia and the Middle East: Dubai (DXB), Hong Kong (HKG), Singapore (SIN), Tokyo (HND).
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According to the flight schedule loaded on BA’s site, it plans to launch additional routes as of 1 August. Each of the routes that BA plans to resume for the month of July and beyond are subject to change.

Additionally, RoutesOnline has collected information as to BA’s planned resumption of domestic and European routes for the month of July. As of 5 July, the airline plans to operate the following 50 routes to Europe and domestically — all from London Heathrow: Aberdeen (ABZ), Alicante (ALC), Amsterdam (AMS), Athens (ATH), Barcelona (BCN), Belfast City (BHD), Berlin Tegel (TXL), Bologna (BLQ), Chania (CHQ), Copenhagen (CPH), Corfu (CFU), Dublin (DUB), Edinburgh (EDI), Faro (FAO), Geneva (GVA), Gibraltar (GIB), Glasgow (GLA), Gothenburg (GOT), Ibiza (IBZ), Jersey (JER), Krakow (KRK), Larnaca (LCA), Lisbon (LIS), Madrid (MAD), Malaga (AGP), Manchester (MAN), Marseille (MRS), Milan Malpensa (MXP), Munich (MUC), Mykonos (JMK), Nice (NCE), Oslo (OSL), Palermo (PMO), Palma Mallorca (PMI), Paris (CDG), Pisa (PSA), Preveza (PVK), Prishtina (PRN), Rome (FCO), Split (SPU), Stockholm (ARN), Thira (JTR), Tirana (TIA), Toulouse (TLS), Valencia (VLC), Venice (VCE), Warsaw (WAW), Zagreb (ZAG), Zakynthos (ZTH) and  Zurich (ZRH).

The airline is also set to begin ramping up its CityFlyer operations from London City (LCY).

In a statement to TPG, British Airways declined to confirm the rollout, saying, “​​This is a fast-moving situation, and we recommend all customers check for the latest on their flight on ba.com”.

Fellow full-service U.K. carrier Virgin Atlantic formally unveiled its plans for a return to service. By October, the carrier plans to have resumed at least 19 routes. First up, the airline will relaunch London Heathrow (LHR) to Hong Kong (HKG) as of 20 July before resuming service to New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) as of 21 July.

Related: When will we start flying again? UK airlines share when flights will resume

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