British Airways has added a further 26 US destinations to its network through its codeshare arrangement with American Airlines. The new destinations go on sale this weekend, bringing the total number of codeshare routes added to the British Airways network to 90.
These include Colorado Springs, Norfolk in Virginia, Cedar Rapids in Iowa, Kalamazoo in Michigan, Syracuse, New York state and Wichita Falls in Texas. In addition Houston, Orlando and Detroit, already served on the BA network, will have added frequencies connecting via Miami and Chicago, giving customers more flexible travel choices.
American Airlines will be extending its reach by placing its flight code on selected BA services from London Gatwick and Heathrow to a number of domestic and European destinations including Newcastle, Bucharest and Nice.
The codeshare relationship brings a substantial number of ‘new’ US, Central and South American destinations under the BA flight code and marks a significant increase to the number of routes bookable directly through BA.com.
The US Department of Transportation gave approval in May last year to the codesharing application made by the two airlines to place each other’s code on services operated between the UK regions and USA. At the same time approval was given to codeshare on destinations beyond British Airways’ 18 US gateway cities, (such as Chicago and Miami), and American Airlines’ UK gateways.
Transatlantic sectors between London and the US are not included in the current codeshare and frequent flyer agreements.