British Airways has announced the resumption of flights from the UK airports of Birmingham and Bristol. New routes from both airports will provide travellers with convenient connections to Florence in Italy and the top Spanish holiday destinations of Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Malaga.
BA says the new services will begin in May and will utilise its fleet of Embraer aircraft. Although BA has not yet released details of the timetables for the flights, airline industry analysts say the fact smaller Embraers are being used means it will probably be weekend services only.
Embraers are typically deployed on short-haul routes from London City Airport. This facility closes between 13:00 on Saturdays and 11:00 on Sundays and means BA’s Embraers are sitting idle on the tarmac for 24 hours or more.
BA last offered flights from Birmingham and Bristol a decade ago. After the carrier’s regional routes were bought by Flybe, it meant that the bulk of BA’s flights then departed from and arrived at London’s airports.
Birmingham airport’s chief operating officer, David Winstanley, said the return of the UK’s national carrier was good news for the facility and also the surrounding region of the Midlands. He expressed confidence that the new routes signalled the inauguration of a new era for the two partners.
Bristol Airport boss Robert Sinclair was equally as optimistic and said all staff at the facility were thrilled the national carrier had decided to fly to Bristol once more. He also noted the new collaboration could be a win-win for both parties and could lead to the launch of additional routes in the future.