BRITISH AIRWAYS REOPENS ROUTES THROUGHOUT JULY
Throughout July, British Airways will resume flying to more destinations across its network, albeit offering fewer frequencies due to reduced demand and the impact of the global quarantine restrictions.
Across the UK and Europe, the airline will return to more shorthaul destinations by the end of July, including Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Domestic flights will resume between London and Belfast, Inverness, Jersey, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay and the airline will move to double daily services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
British Airways will also return to a small number of its normal longhaul routes by the end of July. Services will resume across the Americas including flights to Bermuda, Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Toronto. These join flights to San Francisco, which restarted in June along with destinations served throughout, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and Washington, with a very reduced schedule. The Caribbean will also see British Airways return from July to Barbados and Kingston.
Joining Hong Kong and Singapore in the Far East (which again, the airline resumed limited flying to in June) will be services to Haneda in Japan.
Please note, some destinations may be serviced via different UK departure points than previously, for instance shorthaul routes from LGW are currently scheduled to depart from LHR. Do consider the departing airport when booking, and ensure customers are aware of this information before commencing their journey.
TRAVELLING SAFELY ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR
Safety is at the heart of British Airways business and the airline has introduced a range of measures to keep its customers safe and is asking passengers to abide by the new measures to help manage the wellness of everyone travelling.
- checking-in online, downloading their boarding pass and where possible self-scanning their boarding passes at the departure gate
- observing social distancing and using hand sanitisers that are placed throughout airports
- wearing a facemask at all times and bringing enough to replace them every four hours for longer flights
- asking customers not to travel if they think they have any symptoms of Covid-19
- cabin crew wearing PPE and a new food service, which reduces the number of interactions required with customers
- asking customers to ensure they have everything they need from their hand luggage before departure, and where possible, storing their carry-on bag under the seat in front of them
- British Airways will be trialling automatic contactless lounge entry screens, enabling eligible customers to scan their own boarding pass when entering the lounge, thus minimising contact between customers and staff.
- upon lounge entry, customers will be provided with a card to place on their seat when the leave, allowing cleaners to thoroughly sanitise the seating area after each use. Throughout the lounge customers will also find a number of sanitisation stations and safe distance markers. Bathrooms and shower facilities will be meticulously cleaned after each use
- in the lounges, British Airways customers will now be able to order food and drink through a new online service which will be accessible once in the lounge. Once ordered, customers can sit back and relax, and their order will be brought directly to their seat
- the terrace area in the First lounge will be converted into a Concorde Terrace and will temporarily be available for the exclusive use of the airline’s First customers
The airline is cleaning all key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables after every flight and each aircraft is completely cleaned from nose to tail every day. The air on all British Airways flights is fully recycled once every two to three minutes through HEPA filters, which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9% efficiency, equivalent to hospital operating theatre standards.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Following months of lockdown and stress, we know people will want to travel to be reunited with friends and family and to take a well-deserved break. We have put in place measures – to UK Government and aviation regulator standards – to ensure we’re doing all we can to protect the wellbeing of our customers and colleagues and we’ll be asking them to play their part in that too.”
Schedule subject to change. Correct as of 2 July, 2020