British Airways expands routes from regional airports

British Airways expands routes from regional airports

A raft of new routes from UK regional airports are being introduced this weekend by British Airways.

British Airways flights will take off from Birmingham and Bristol airports for the first time in a decade to four popular European destinations, meaning that the airline now flies from 17 airports in the UK and Ireland.

The summer-only services from Birmingham and Bristol to Florence, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma will operate at weekends.

BA last flew from both airports in 2007 when its regional airline business was sold to Flybe.

Manchester will gain seven new routes, with three from Stansted and a new Dublin-Ibiza service.

Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma, Mykonos, Nice and London City airport will be served from Manchester.

Florence, Geneva and Nice will be added from Stansted, plus increased frequency on existing routes to Ibiza and Palma. Flights to Malaga and Faro will also resume for the summer.

Flights to Palma from Edinburgh and to Skiathos from London City Airport will be added in June.

Embraer 190 jets will operate the new services

BA chief executive and chairman Alex Cruz said: “We continue our regional growth following the successful launch of services from Stansted last year.

“Now we are flying from Birmingham and Bristol again, and expanding our operation at Manchester, we are excited about the future opportunities.

“With new routes being launched at seven regional airports we are offering customers more than 141,000 extra seats to a fantastic choice of summer sun destinations from the UK and Ireland.

“As well as the new routes we have increased frequency on some of our more popular flights and resumed services to holiday destinations that proved so popular last year.”

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