British Airways to launch 200,000 new summer seats

The carrier will increase operations at UK regional airports by 26 per cent

British Airways is preparing for one of their busiest summer seasons as they have increased the capacity of UK’s regional airports.

While adding two new Embraer 190 aircraft to their fleet, they will provide around 200,000 more seats for the season, meaning that their summer operation will be boosted by 26 per cent in comparison to the same period last year.

British Airways will also increase the frequency to Ibiza — Shutterstock British Airways to launch 200,000 new summer seats
British Airways will also increase the frequency of flights to Ibiza — Shutterstock

The British Flag carrier will launch brand new routes that include Manchester and Edinburgh to Florence and Manchester to Dublin.

BA will also double the connections between Manchester, Malaga and Palma and have increased the frequency to Nice and Ibiza.

“There are also extra flights to Florence and Palma from Birmingham, extra flights to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma from Bristol and extra flights to Milan, Nice and Florence from Stansted Airport,” the carrier said.

Between 15 May and 6 October the airline will operate twice-weekly flights from Heathrow Terminal 5 to the Greek island of Kefalonia.

From October 2018, British Airways will also launch new direct service from Heathrow to Durban, South Africa.

“We are growing our summer schedule from five regional airports to destinations that our customers tell us they want to fly to,” said Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager, customer and commercial.

“Last year we almost doubled the number of routes we operated and this year we continue to add even more destinations and an additional 36,000 seats from the UK regions.”

The carrier is planning to invest over $6 billion in the next five years to enhance the customer experience. High-quality wifi connections will be available at every seat, 128 long-haul aircraft will undergo an interior upgrade and 72 new aircraft will join the fleet.

“All regional flights operate on modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-abreast seating so that every customer can have either a window or aisle seat,” British Airways said in a statement.