British Airways` focus on Europe takes shape this winter as the airline announces a number of network adjustments to improve schedule quality and transfer opportunities for its customers.
The fine-tuning of the network underlines British Airways’ on-going strategy of giving customers better choice by increasing frequencies in profitable market sectors with smaller aircraft and reducing flights on under-performing routes.
From the start of the winter timetable, on October 29, frequencies between London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle increase from seven to 12 a day, while services between Heathrow and Paris Orly reduce from six to three daily.
Daily flights between London Heathrow and Prague and Bologna increase from two to three, with Heathrow-Rome flights rising from four to five daily and Heathrow-Munich from five to six a day.
Tel Aviv services - currently split with some operating from Heathrow and some from Gatwick - will consolidate at Heathrow, with frequencies there increased to 17 a week from the current ten.
Operations to Venice and Bilbao will switch from Heathrow to Gatwick, with Venice frequencies increasing from two to three services a day. Flights between Gatwick and Barcelona will rise from two to three per day.
Services from Gatwick to Verona and Genoa will reduce from three to two a day and from two to one a day respectively. British Airways plans to suspend operations from Gatwick to Ljubljana and Salzburg.
Services to Jersey will be consolidated at Gatwick, operated by CityFlyer Express as British Airways under its franchise agreement, with six flights a day.
All British Airways flights serving continental Europe offer a two-class service incorporating the new Club Europe, the result of a £50 million investment. The improvements include redesigned seats, new interiors, new meal service, refurbished lounges and faster check-in, all designed to ensure British Airways is the first choice for business passengers in Europe.