Almeria greeted British Airways’ first service from London Heathrow with a cake cutting on 27 March. BA will offer twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) flights on the route. The 1,632-kilometre sector faces no direct competition, although easyJet and Ryanair serve the Spanish city from London’s Gatwick and Stansted airports respectively.
Passengers on the inaugural British Airways flight from London Gatwick were welcomed by Las Vegas showgirls at the Nevada airport on 27 March. BA has returned with three weekly flights to an airport pair it previously served as recently as S16. The British flag carrier will face competition from Virgin Atlantic Airways.
- British Airways launched two new routes from London on 27 March, beginning services from Gatwick (LGW) to Las Vegas (LAS) and from Heathrow (LHR) to Almeria (LEI). The first flight from Gatwick to Las Vegas marks a return to a sector that the airline last operated in S16. BA will serve the 8,430-kilometre transatlantic route three times weekly using its fleet of 777-200s. It faces direct competition from Virgin Atlantic Airways which provides daily flights on the airport pair. BA already serves Las Vegas from Heathrow, with OAG schedules showing that the carrier provides 10 weekly flights. BA will offer twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) flights on the 1,632-kilometre link between Heathrow and Almeria. It will use A320s on the airport pair and faces no direct competition, although it should be noted that there is indirect competition from LCCs easyJet and Ryanair, with both offering flights to Almeria from Gatwick and Stansted respectively.