British Airways is providing 14,000 extra seats on its flights between London and Portugal to ensure as many football fans as possible can get to Euro 2004.
There has been such a high demand for seats that BA has introduced a new service from London Gatwick to Lisbon in Portugal to fly fans to the tournament.
The Heathrow to Lisbon route is normally operated by a 757 aircraft, this will be replaced by a much bigger 747 jumbo jet for the month of June. A 757 seats 170 passengers however by using a 747 the airline will carry 350 passengers on each flight.
British Airways flights to Portugal are already extremely busy during the Euro 2004 period. Football fans have been rushing to book their seats and many flights have been fully booked since the beginning of the year.
There are still a very limited number of seats available to travel out the weekend before the first match and fly back after the final.
Martin George, BA’s director of marketing and commercial development said; “The speed at which these tickets sold proves just how important Euro 2004 is to the British public. We’re hoping the extra seats we’ve provided help give the England team even more support to ensure they bring the winning cup home to us”.