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British Airways announce new flights to Monrovia, Liberia


British Airways has acknowledged it will commence flights to Monrovia, Liberia from November.

The service will be an extension of the current London Heathrow to Freetown service it is inheriting from bmi British Midland International this winter. BA parent International Airlines Group (IAG) acquired bmi earlier this year.

British Airways will provide a 3 times weekly link to Roberts International Airport from November 5th, 2012 although frequencies will decrease to twice weekly between December 10th 2012 and February 4th, 2013 for operational reasons.

Monrovia is the capital city of the West African nation of Liberia.

It is the cultural, political and financial hub for the country and according to a May 2011 estimate was home to around 1.2 million people, roughly a 3rd of the total population of Liberia.

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Posted by on 29/09/2012 in Airlines

 

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British Airways to launch flights to Liberia


British Airways will further strengthen its African network this winter when it begins flying to Liberia. This will bring to 19 the number of routes it serves from London to 16 African countries.

This is the second increase to its African network in as many months.  It earlier announced that it would double flights to Marrakech from three to six a week, take over the bmi route to Agadir and start three weekly frequencies to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Its winter schedule will now also include three weekly services to Monrovia via Freetown starting 5thNovember, reducing to two between 10th December to 4th February, for operational reasons and reverting to three thereafter.  The flights will all operate out of Terminal 5.

British Airways will operate a Boeing 767 to Monrovia in a three-cabin configuration; World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World.

Other enhancements to the African network include doubling frequencies from Cape Town from daily to fourteen a week.  The additional services will operate as overnight flights, landing at Heathrow at 08h00.

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Ian Petrie, Regional Manager Africa, said: “We’ve been flying in Africa for over 80 years and the continent remains a key part of our global route network.  We’ve really looked at where we can add value to our customers and are flying to the business and leisure destinations they’re demanding.”

 

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Airline, British Airways launches video for nervous flyers


British Airways is launching a brand new instructional video for nervous flyers on its in-flight entertainment system from September 1.

The film, presented by British Airways pilot and course leader Captain Steve Allright, takes information from the British Airways Flying with Confidence course – the airline’s one-day fear of flying programme.

In the video, Captain Allright explains the technical side of flying, how an aircraft operates and other areas that can give some customers cause for concern, such as turbulence. The video also gives advice from clinical psychologists on the course including relaxation techniques, and how best to deal with anxiety and feelings of panic.

The airline has also put a preview clip from the video on its YouTube site for customers who would like to know more about the course ahead of their flight:

Customers will be able to watch the complete video on the British Airways Well Being channel, one of the hundreds of options on the airline’s extensive in-flight entertainment system.

British Airways Captain Steve Allright, who flies Boeing 747s, said: “The British Airways Flying with Confidence course has helped more than 45,000 people over the past 25 years.

“I really hope that we can reach, and help even more people with this video – whether they’re flying for business or for their holidays.”

Customers who go on the British Airways Flying with Confidence course will, in addition to tackling their fear of flying, also qualify for a 10 per cent discount on any British Airways flight, for up to nine people – in any cabin class.

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Croatia welcomes record number of visitors


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!The first six months of 2012 have seen a record number of visitors travel to Croatia.

Arrivals from the UK are up 25 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to official statistics.

A number of new routes out of the UK have launched in recent months, including Heathrow to Zagreb with British Airways and Ryanair’s East Midlands to Zadar, which have led to anticipation growth will continue.

Star Power

One special visitor to the destination was Beyoncé, who reportedly named her daughter Ivy Blue after a tree she saw on the popular island of Hvar during a holiday last year.

In recognition of the development, the mayor of Hvar, Pjerino Bebić, bestowed the title of honorary citizen on the baby.

Pictures of Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z holidaying in Croatia hit the news last summer, when the expectant mother was photographed on the beaches of Hvar.

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Posted by on 12/07/2012 in Tourism News

 

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British Airways returns to Belfast


British Airways has re-launched services between Northern Ireland and London Heathrow after an 11-year gap.

Following the acquisition of bmi by International Airlines Group (IAG), British Airways is once again operating the important air link between Belfast City Airport and London Heathrow.

Willie Walsh, International Airlines Group’s chief executive told guests at an event at Belfast City Airport today that British Airways was delighted that the route was again part of the airline’s network and he was committed to maintaining the link.

The event marked the arrival of the first British Airways liveried aircraft to Belfast and was attended by the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson, Arlene Foster, minister for enterprise, trade and investment and the lord mayor of Belfast, Ald. Gavin Robinson.

Walsh said: “I am delighted today to see the British Airways colours back in Belfast.

“I publicly committed to serving Belfast if we acquired additional runway slots at Heathrow and the acquisition of bmi has given us the perfect opportunity to make that happen.

“We recognise the importance of the Heathrow link to Northern Ireland.

“Belfast is now part of our global network so this is good news for the economy.

“It will provide much needed access to key global markets, supporting more inward investment and jobs.”

British Airways is maintaining the current summer schedule on the service, with six daily return flights, but has announced it will increase frequency when it introduces its winter schedule on October 28th, adding an additional flight each day, bringing the total to seven.

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BMI Purchase Boosts British Airways Domestic Services From Winter 2012


British Airways’ winter 2012 schedule is unveiled today. Highlights include:
· Great news for the UK regions as British Airways increases number of seats to Scotland by 32 per cent (versus its winter 2011 schedule) and begins flying between London City and Aberdeen, Heathrow and Leeds Bradford, and Heathrow and Belfast

· British Airways returns to the Isle of Man
· New routes from London Heathrow to Seoul and Zagreb
· New routes from London Gatwick to Las Vegas and Barcelona
· Bologna and Marseille flights move from Gatwick to Heathrow
· Increased frequency on numerous routes

The UK regions are set to benefit from British Airways’ new winter schedule, which begins on October 28, 2012 thanks to parent company IAG’s purchase of bmi.

The airline will add extra frequencies and use bigger aircraft on flights to Scotland enabling it to offer nearly 27,000 more seats a week between London and Scotland. This includes two extra flights a day between London Heathrow and Edinburgh and two extra flights per day between Heathrow and Aberdeen.

In addition British Airways is also starting a three-per-day service between London City and Aberdeen on September 24 to connect the two business hubs.

From December 9, British Airways will start four flights per day between Heathrow and Leeds Bradford, connecting Yorkshire with the airline’s extensive global route network at Heathrow and increasing consumer choice in the North of England. The airline has already taken over bmi’s six daily flights to Belfast, and will be launching a new timetable of seven flights a day between London and the Northern Irish capital on October 28.

A new London City to Isle of Man route has also recently launched.

At the time of EU approval for the bmi deal, IAG committed to launching new flights to important trading nations and delivering on that, British Airways is to begin flying six times a week to Seoul in South Korea from December 2.

A brand new, thrice weekly service from London Gatwick to Las Vegas starts on October 29.

In Europe, Zagreb in Croatia will benefit from new daily flights to Heathrow from December 9, six flights a week to Venice will be added to the London City route network on September 17 and a new three-per-day service from London Gatwick to Barcelona will launch on February 23, 2013.

From October 28, former bmi routes from London Heathrow to Agadir, Bergen and Stavanger will become new British Airways routes from Terminal 5, while former bmi routes Belfast and Hanover will become new British Airways Terminal 1 routes.

British Airways aircraft and crew will operate these routes, and customers will receive the full-service airline’s on-board experience.

A number of existing British Airways routes including Basel, Dusseldorf, Luxembourg, Lyon and Toulouse will move from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 on October 28.

There will be an increase in frequencies in winter 2012 (versus winter 2011) from Heathrow to Aberdeen (from six to eight flights per day), Edinburgh (from 10 to 12 flights a day), Manchester (from 10 to 11 flights a day), Oslo (from four to five flights per day), Zurich (from six to seven per day) and Phoenix (from six to seven flights per week). Flights to Bologna will be consolidated at Heathrow, with an increase in frequency on the existing Heathrow service from seven per week to 21 per week.

At Gatwick, services will increase to Faro (from four to five flights per week), Malaga (from seven to ten flights per week) and Marrakech (three to seven flights per week) from October 28, and extra services will be added to Salzburg and Turin for the winter ski season. Flights to Marseille will move from Gatwick to Heathrow on October 28.

Due to the volume of changes being made to British Airways’ network for winter 2012, the changes will go on sale on ba.com in stages over the next few days and further route announcements will be made next month.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, said: “bmi’s integration into British Airways is really enabling us to grow our network as we promised, giving customers more flights to destinations we know they want to fly to.

“We’re focusing on new routes such as Seoul, Leeds Bradford and Zagreb, more flights to popular destinations and creating more connections for the UK regions to our global network of flying.”

 
 

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