Among those present at the launch of British Airways’ service between London Heathrow and Kefalonia were: Haris Filos, Senior Airline Developer, Fraport Greece; Spyros Galiatsatos, Ionian Islands Region Vice Governor of Tourism & Promotion; and George Vilos, Executive Director of Commercial & Business Development, Fraport Greece. The three were then joined by other VIPs to help cut the cake baked to celebrate the route launch.
Along with its new route from London Heathrow, British Airways commenced flights between Dublin and Manchester this week. Seen pictured at the launch in the Irish capital are: Dublin Airport Aviation Business Development Manager, Stephen O’Reilly; British Airways Key Partnership Manager UK & Ireland, Brenda Morgan; British Airways Consumer Sales Manager Tara Magee and Dublin Airport Business to Business Marketing Executive, Edel Redmond.
Along with securing a new route from Dublin with British Airways, Manchester Airport also gained a link to Florence with the oneworld member, a service launched on 19 May. Seen cutting this fantastic cake, styled on the Italian city’s cathedral, are Stephen Turner, Commercial Director, Manchester Airport, and Luke Hayhoe, GM Customer and Commercial, BA CityFyer. The carrier will serve the route weekly using its E190s.
- British Airways introduced a new European spoke to its London Heathrow (LHR) network on 15 May, initiating a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) seasonal service to Kefalonia (EFL). The oneworld member will serve the 2,205-kilometre route using its fleet of A320s, with the carrier scheduled to operate the airport pair until 6 October based on present schedules. While no direct competition will be provided, during peak summer some six airlines offer 20 alternative services to London’s Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports, with the most dominant being easyJet which offers a daily rotation from Gatwick. Along with its new route from Heathrow to Kefalonia, BA also introduced two routes from Manchester (MAN) this week, namely Dublin (DUB) and Florence (FLR). Both routes will be flown weekly, with the carrier’s E190 fleet scheduled to serve both routes. While the 1,447-kilometre jaunt to Italy, launched on 18 May, is a brand-new unserved city pair, the link from the UK city to Dublin, inaugurated on 19 May, is already heavily contested by Irish airlines Aer Lingus and Ryanair. The two combined will offer 71 weekly departures on the short 264-kilometre Irish Sea hop this summer.