British Airways has announced the second round of changes to its winter 2012 schedule from Heathrow, with highlights including new routes to Alicante and Rotterdam.
The airline’s purchase of bmi means that a three-times weekly service will now leave to Alicante (from October 28), as well as a three-times daily service to Rotterdam (from December 9).
A new timetable will also be operating on former bmi routes to Almaty, Amman, Baku, Beirut and Freetown from October 28. From October 13, flights to Tbilisi will move over to British Airways routes and change to become a direct flight.
The new schedule will also include increases in flight frequency. From October 28, weekly flights to Gibraltar will increase from seven to nine, with extra services running on Saturdays and Sundays. On the same date, the number of flights from the Tel Aviv route will increase from 14 to 20 a week.
Several former bmi routes are also set to be removed from the BA schedule. This includes Dammam (from September 16), Bishkek and Khartoum (from October 1), Yerevan (from October 13) and Amritsar and Casablanca (from October 28) will be suspended.
Bmi’s services to Riyadh and Jeddah will also cease from September 16, as these routes are already served by BA.
Flights to Riyadh along with the scheduled second daily Cape Town service have been re-timed to arrive at Heathrow in the early hours of the morning.
“The acquisition of BMI is already starting to make a difference and we are announcing significant changes to both long-haul and short-haul destinations for the benefit of our customers,” said Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO.
“We will have seven new routes: Heathrow to Seoul, Alicante, Leeds Bradford, Rotterdam and Zagreb, and Gatwick to Las Vegas and Barcelona. We’re also taking on the majority of bmi’s flying to nearby destinations including Belfast and Dublin, and further afield, such as Almaty, Amman and Beirut.”