The Covid-19 virus has wreaked havoc all over the world, halting practically all international leisure travel. Domestic flight numbers have increased in recent months, indicating that air traffic is recovering.
Another important sign of recovery is the reintroduction of long-distance foreign flights to leisure destinations.
British Airways operations to Austin, Texas and San Diego, California halted in March 2020, along with most foreign passenger flights, and will now resume after over 18 months.
The city of San Diego announced the restart of service on September 15, 2021, while the city of Austin announced it nearly a week later, on September 23, 2021.
Despite the week discrepancy in the announcement date, flights to both cities will start on October 13, 2021, and will run three times a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
The news announcement did not indicate which aircraft would fly to San Diego, however booking sites currently show the route operating on a Boeing 777, albeit they do not specify which type of the aircraft.
The Boeing 787-9 will be used for flights to Austin. Flights to both cities will use the same aircraft that they first used years ago, basically returning to the foundations of their respective itineraries.
The absence of the Boeing 747-400 will be the most visible alteration. Prior to the epidemic, British Airways utilized the Boeing 747-400 in Austin during the summers and the Boeing 777 the rest of the year.
The Boeing 747-400, which became a familiar and common sight almost every day in the sky over downtown San Diego, will no longer be seen.
Passengers aren’t the only ones excited that the two routes will be returning. The head of North American Sales for British Airways, Marie Hilditch, did have something to say about the relaunch of San Diego, “We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our San Diego flights and we are honored to be playing our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Airport, Jacqueline Yaft, had something to say at the press conference about Austin’s re-launch; “We are thrilled to be welcoming back British Airways to Austin and celebrate the return of nonstop service to London-Heathrow, The resumption of nonstop transatlantic between our two cities is great news for both business and leisure travelers alike.”
Schedules and flights are subject to change.