British Airways rejigs long-haul network

British Airways rejigs long-haul network

British Airways has confirmed a series of changes to its long-haul offering as it battles to return to profitability.

Among the headline changes is the launch of a new service to Haneda in Japan, with the British flag-carrier seeking to open the domestic market to UK travellers.

Haneda is located near the business centre of Tokyo, but also offers access to the domestic network.

Launching on February 19th 2011, the service will operate five times a week from London Heathrow with prices starting from £721.

BA confirmed it would continue to offer a daily service to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

South America

In South America British Airways conformed it would offer direct flights to Buenos Aires from March 27th next year.

At present travellers can only reach the destination with the carrier via Sao Paulo.

Barbados will also benefit, with BA increasing the number of flights to the Caribbean island from 10 to 12 a week from March.

Antigua will see its service increase from five to six services a week, while the St Lucia - Port of Spain service will increase from five a week to daily.

Cancun, launched in November 2010, is increasing from two to three services for summer 2011.

North America

In North America, BA confirmed its Gatwick to Tampa service would be increasing from five to seven flights a week.

However, Orlando will decrease from nine to seven flights a week.