The service will initially run three days a week onboard a Boeing 777 aircraft
British Airways has resumed its service between Denver International and London Heathrow as the airline marks the 23rd anniversary of its inaugural service to the city.
The route returns before Labor Day where more than one million passengers are expected to pass through the airport in a five-day period.
The nonstop British Airways link last departed on March 16, 2020, and up until now the airport has been without direct flights to the UK capital for more than 500 days.
The service will initially run three days per week onboard a Boeing 777 aircraft. Prior to the pandemic, London ranked as Denver’s second-largest international market in terms of passenger demand, behind only Cancun, Mexico.
Currently, British Airways is the sole airline providing nonstop flights between Denver and London. US citizens are permitted to enter the United Kingdom for nonessential travel, but restrictions apply, and travelers are advised to consult government regulations before to travel.
Michael Hancock, Denver mayor, said: “The return of British Airways to Denver is a significant milestone on our path to economic recovery. Nonstop connectivity to London is critical, both commercially and culturally, to ensuring that recovery is sustainable for our city and our residents for years to come.”
With Labor Day being held on September 6, operations are set to be very busy with the new service being no exception.
From September 2-7, 1.1 million passengers are forecasted to travel through the airport, more than double the approximately 525,000 total passengers at DEN during the same period in 2020.
The busiest day in the upcoming Labor Day holiday traffic is expected to be Monday, September 6, when more than 211,000 passengers are estimated to travel through the hub.
With increased numbers, passengers are encouraged to use the A-Bridge Security Checkpoint as it is often not as busy, especially for those flying internationally on foreign flag carriers or on American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue and some United flights.
The benefit of this is passengers can walk to their gate and skip the train to concourses.