The airline British Airways has strengthened its offer between London and four American cities, after seeing demand double following the lifting on Monday of the quarantine obligation in Great Britain for vaccinated American tourists. Geneva, Berlin and Hamburg will also benefit from this change in health rules.
US customers of the Oneworld alliance company “will be able to take advantage of the increased schedules”, as well as services to the United Kingdom offered on a codeshare basis by American Airlines, a partnership which “enables seamless connections between American’s main hubs in the US, offering one-stop connections from most US cities to London” via 12 routes to Heathrow, “more than any other transatlantic partnership”.
It should be noted that the Galleries Club lounge at Terminal 7 at JFK airport reopened its doors on Sunday. According to British Airways, this marks a new stage in the “plan for the gradual reopening of lounges”; it is available to customers traveling in First, Club World and eligible cardholders, before their flight to London. These same customers can enjoy an enhanced check-in experience in the exclusive Premium Zone. The First Wing and Premiere check-in are also open “to ensure a smooth start to travel”.
Tom Stevens, Director of Brand and Customer Experience, British Airways, said: “Following the announcement of the changed entry requirements for US customers in the UK, we plan to welcome more customers who need to travel so we’ve decided it’s the right time to open our flagship salon in New York. We look forward to welcoming some of our American customers to London from next week and bringing Britons residing in the United States home for some much-needed family time.”
In addition, British Airways passengers can connect to its “extensive domestic network” to cities such as Newquay, Edinburgh and Belfast, and to a range of destinations across Europe, “when entry conditions permit. ” Additional flights will be added from European cities such as Berlin, Geneva and Hamburg, and schedules “will be continuously reviewed to ensure that the number of seats available corresponds to customer interest”. Customers traveling in the Euro Traveler cabin can also take advantage of the newly launched Speedbird Café seat ordering system in addition to the existing pre-order service, as well as complimentary water and snacks served on all routes.
Sean Doyle, CEO of British Airways, said he was “very much looking forward to welcoming new visitors from the US and EU to the UK, many of whom will be reuniting with family members for the first time in many years. month. The move will also help boost the UK economy and the hospitality sector, which, like aviation, has been crippled by the effects of the pandemic. We will support our customers as we emerge from this crisis and hope that crucial travel corridors will be established to enable reciprocal agreements. This will allow UK nationals to travel as Covid cases in the UK decline and vaccination rates continue to rise.”
No one knows if or when the British government will decide to lift the French exception, and allow vaccinated travelers who have spent more than ten days in France or overseas to travel to the United Kingdom without going through the quarantine box.