BA brings back A380s with expanded winter schedule

British Airways’ Airbus A380 superjumbos will rejoin the fleet earlier than expected as US borders re-open, initially operating to Los Angeles, Miami and Dubai.

Four of the double-deck aircraft will return to service initially.

The A380 will first serve a number of short-haul destinations to allow for crew service familiarisation in November, followed by operating to Los Angeles and Miami as well as Dubai in December.

The airline will also bring forward planned restart dates to a number of US destinations.

The airline has added 13,000 additional seats to short-haul family leisure destinations for this month and increased flights to popular European cities.

Extra Christmas services to winter sun destinations including the Maldives, Mauritius and Caribbean islands are being added.

The airline is set to fly to 23 airports in North America this winter with up to 246 flights a week, claimed to be more than any other transatlantic carrier as part of its biggest schedule since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

The number of transatlantic flights to cities include New York, which will initially be increasing to five a day, followed by eight in December.

The airline will also be operating double-daily services to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as well as daily services to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver.

Services are being restarted to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore followed by Nashville and New Orleans in December.

Flights to European leisure destinations Marrakech and Dalaman will resume in time for October half-term, plus a new service to Antalya.

Ski flights to Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg restart from December.

The Caribbean programme is being extended with 12 services a week to Barbados and nine each to Antigua and St Lucia, split across Heathrow and Gatwick.

Flights to the Maldives and Mauritius will also be increasing to 10 and six a week over the Christmas period.

Year-round flights to key European cities will increase with 48 weekly services to Amsterdam, 33 to Geneva, 35 to Dublin, 28 to Milan and 21 to Berlin, Paris and Rome.

BA City Flyer is expected to run 43 flights a week to Edinburgh, 33 to Dublin, 25 to Glasgow, 18 to Belfast, 16 to Amsterdam, 15 to Rotterdam, 15 to Berlin, 12 to Frankfurt, 12 to Dusseldorf and 11 to Zurich.

The airline is also set to start a new route from Belfast to Birmingham, as well as Salzburg from London City and Southampton.

Network and alliances director Neil Chernoff said: “This is an exciting time for British Airways and our customers as we see borders re-opening.

“With welcome news from the US, we are dramatically increasing flights and bringing home some of our A380s to give our customers as many options as possible.

“Elsewhere across our network we are also adding additional services to destinations all over the world, to ensure our customers can take advantage of a much-needed holiday.”

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