BRITISH AIRWAYS has announced plans to start flying from Birmingham and Bristol airports again with four new summer-only routes.
BA last flew from the airports in 2007, when the regional airline business was sold to Flybe.
Starting in May, the airline will begin direct flights to the popular Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma and to the Italian city of Florence.
Basic each way fares from Birmingham to Ibiza start from £45 and to Florence, Malaga and Palma from £49.
The new return flights from both airports will operate once a week at weekends. They will operate on 98-seat Embraer 190 jet aircraft.
Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘We are very excited to be returning to Birmingham with four very popular routes. Customers can once again enjoy competitively priced flights to the sun direct from their doorstep with British Airways to those destinations they tell us they want to fly to. We look forward to a busy summer at Birmingham.’
David Winstanley, chief operating officer for Birmingham Airport, said, ‘Having British Airways return to Birmingham is not only great news for the airport but also the Midlands region and we are confident this is the beginning of a long-term growth plan with the airline. We look forward to welcoming one of the world’s most recognisable and trusted brands back to Birmingham in May.’
F Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer, Bristol Airport, added: ‘These additional flights to Palma, Florence, Ibiza and Malaga offers passengers in the South West and Wales region further choice of scheduled flights for the summer season. We look forward to working with British Airways on the new routes and further enhancing the services available from Bristol.
British Airways last flew from Birmingham and Bristol in 2007, when the regional airline business was sold to Flybe.