Following changes to the UK Government’s ‘Red List’, BA is resuming services and increasing frequencies to a number of destinations.
British Airways is set to ramp up services to popular winter sun destination South Africa, with daily services to Johannesburg expected by mid-December. The airline will also restart services to Cape Town, offering three flights a week in November, before moving to a double daily service in December.
Services to Mexico City will increase to five services a week from November 6, and Cancun flights will resume from October 22 and operate daily. Elsewhere, popular South American destinations Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires are set to return in time for Christmas.
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: “It finally feels like we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel. Britain will benefit from this significant reduction in Red List countries, and now it’s time to turn our attention to eradicating testing for fully vaccinated travellers to ensure we don’t lose our place on the global stage.
“Once we have a firm date for the reopening of US borders in November, we look forward to reconnecting our two countries, reigniting transatlantic businesses and reuniting families who have been separated for the best part of two years. We are ready, and we look forward to operating our first flights and welcoming back our customers.”
The news of frequency increases and additions to the flight schedule follows an announcement from British Airways that it plans to operate its biggest schedule since March 2020. Despite no firm date on US borders reopening, the airline is planning to increase flights to the US from early November and will even bring back its much-loved A380 to operate some of these services.