The crew of BA’s inaugural Heathrow – Montpellier service celebrate amidst the festivities as the oneworld carrier launches two routes this week, including the return of flights to Ljubljana. According to the Slovenian Tourist Board, British tourists had over 470,000 overnight stays in 2018, up 10% year-on-year.
- British Airways on 11 July launched four times weekly services from London Heathrow (LHR) to Montpellier (MPL). The 935-kilometre seasonal route will be operated by the carrier’s A320 and A321neo aircraft until 02 September. No other operator currently serves the French Mediterranean city from Heathrow, although EasyJet offers up to 18 weekly services from Gatwick and Luton. In addition, this week saw BA’s return to Ljubljana (LJU). The 1,233-kilometre route will also run until 02 September, operating on Mondays and Fridays. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, EasyJet serves the route 13 times a week from London’s Gatwick and Stansted airports, whilst Wizz Air offers a four times weekly service from London Luton. Speaking at the launch was Zmago Skobir, MD Fraport Slovenia: “The return of British Airways to our airport is the fruit of years of hard work on the part of Ljubljana’s airport and Slovenia’s tourism sector. We firmly believe that the arrival of one of the most trusted names in air travel will further boost the recognisability and popularity of Slovenia as a destination in the British market. The choice of Heathrow is a significant added value, in that Heathrow is a springboard to all global destinations”.