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British Airways updates winter schedule following bmi deal

British Airways updates winter schedule following bmi deal

British Airways is today announcing the second phase of changes to its winter 2012 Heathrow schedule.

The acquisition of bmi, which prompted the reshuffle, will further benefit customers British Airways said earlier, with the carrier launching a new three-a-day service to Rotterdam in the Netherlands from December 9th.

Three flights per week to Alicante in Spain will also launch from October 28th.

From the same day, British Airways will operate a new timetable to former bmi routes Almaty, Amman, Baku, Beirut and Freetown.

Tbilisi, which will now become a direct flight, will also move over to become British Airways routes from October 13th.

All of these routes will be operated by British Airways aircraft and crew, offering the airline’s service style.

British Airways’ flights to Gibraltar will increase from seven to nine flights a week from October 28th, with additional services operating on Saturdays and Sundays.

The airline will also take over bmi’s flights to Dublin.

The Tel Aviv route will benefit from an increase in flights from 14 to 20 services per week from October 28th.

A mix of B767 and B777 aircraft have traditionally flown the route, but from the new year revamped A321s will exclusively serve it, offering customers the World Traveller (long-haul economy) cabin complete with up-to-date audio video on demand and Club World with its fully flat bed.

Due to poor revenue performance, bmi’s services to Dammam (from September 16th), Bishkek and Khartoum (from October 1st), Yerevan (from October 13th) and Amritsar and Casablanca (from October 28th) will be suspended.

British Airways’ services to Cairo and Moscow will continue as normal, though bmi’s flights to the cities will cease from September 5th and October 12th respectively due to restrictions on the number of flights the airline is allowed to operate to both destinations.

From September 16th, bmi’s Riyadh and Jeddah services will also stop as British Airways already serves these routes.

British Airways’ Riyadh service will now have a Boeing 747 on the route, rather than a smaller 777.

The flight will be retimed, as will the airline’s second daily Cape Town service when it is reintroduced for the South African peak season from October 28th, 2012.

Both services will arrive at Heathrow in the early morning, enabling customers to land in time for a full working day in London, and increasing opportunities for connections.

Due to the volume of changes being made to British Airways’ network for winter 2012, these schedule changes will be amended on in stages over the next few days.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “The acquisition of bmi is already starting to make a difference and we are announcing significant changes to both long-haul and short-haul destinations for the benefit of our customers.

“We will have seven new routes: Heathrow to Seoul, Alicante, Leeds.”