The maiden arrival of British Airways' thrice-daily service from London Heathrow to Rotterdam was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute.
- British Airways, which resumed flights from London to Seoul the previous week, added one domestic and two European routes to its network from London Heathrow (LHR) on 9 December. Leeds Bradford (LBA) returned to British Airways’ route map after three decades, and the carrier now serves it with 27 weekly frequencies; bmi previously operated the route until March 2009. James Keegan, British Airways’ Commercial Services Manager UK regions, said: “The well-timed four flights a day will offer our customers the chance to complete a full day’s business in the capital without the expense or inconvenience of an overnight stay.” On the same day, British Airways also added two new European routes to its Heathrow offering – thrice-daily flights to Rotterdam (RTM) in The Netherlands, as well as daily to Zagreb (ZAG) in Croatia, which will face competition from Croatia Airlines’ nine weekly departures. All three new routes were made possible as a result of slots being freed up by the purchase of bmi earlier this year by British Airways’ parent company, IAG.