BA stays focused on US expansion

British Airways’ summer 2008 route network focuses on increased US flights from Heathrow following the EU-US Open Skies aviation treaty which comes in to effect in March 2008.The airline’s daily flight to Dallas Fort Worth and double daily flights to Houston will move from Gatwick to Heathrow airport from March 30, 2008. In addition, the airline will increase frequencies from Heathrow to New York JFK, Seattle and Washington and from Gatwick to Orlando.

In order to accommodate these changes, the airline will suspend flights between Heathrow and Detroit from March 30, 2008.

Flights to Algiers that currently operate from Gatwick will move to Heathrow to ensure that the airline’s oil and gas destinations in North Africa and the US are still linked through the same airport. Warsaw flights will move from Heathrow to Gatwick. Both changes are effective from March 30, 2008.

In addition, there will be a new shorthaul route from Gatwick to Genoa in Italy starting on April 4, 2008 with daily flights. The airline is also making a change to its network for the winter 2007 season. From October 28, 2007, passengers travelling from Heathrow to Harare with British Airways will be routed via Johannesburg and then on to Harare with our franchise partner Comair. Direct services to Harare from Heathrow will be suspended from the same date.

Robert Boyle, British Airways’ commercial director, said, “We’re taking advantage of the opportunities provided by Open Skies to further enhance our market leading network from London to the United States. Next summer, we will offer our customers 41 daily flights to 18 destinations across the US.”