British Airways plans to resume operations to the USA with the immediate dispatch of aircraft to the United States.
Formal confirmation has been received within the past hour from the Federal Aviation Administration confirming it is satisfied with British Airways` security measures and that the airline can fly into American airspace.
This evening, British Airways will operate two B747-400 aircraft into New York JFK and a B777 into Philadelphia.
The first B747-400 will depart immediately to position into New York ready to bring back tomorrow many British Airways` passengers that have been stranded at JFK airport since the terrorist attacks. The B777 aircraft outbound to Philadelphia will also be a positioning flight ready to fly back passengers tomorrow.
The airline will allocate seats on board its second evening service to New York. Within the time available British Airways is in the process of contacting customers impacted by the disrupted schedules and those in the terminals and priority will be given on compassionate grounds.
The airline plans to operate services out of the UK tomorrow to repatriate passengers to the USA.
Over the next few days, British Airways plans to gradually resume its full schedule of services to and from the US as many of the US airports re-open. The airline operates to 23 US destinations from London Heathrow, 12 from London Gatwick and one from Manchester.
The airline said: “British Airways is very pleased to be able to return to the United States this evening. Our thoughts remain with all those people affected by this week`s atrocities in the United States and with our colleagues at American and United Airlines.”
The airline`s reservations number 0845 77 999 77 is open for customer enquiries. Bookings for future flights can also be made using the airline`s website www.britishairways.com or via travel agents.
Flights to Tel Aviv are also operating normally although flights to Islamabad are suspended until further notice.