British Airways (BA) restarted service between London Heathrow (LHR) and Denver (DEN) this week, resuming service to a US city it last serviced in March 2020.
The airline operates the route three times a week using Boeing 777 aircraft seating 235 passengers.
Prior to the COVID-19 incident, London was DEN’s second-largest international passenger market, after only Mexico’s Cancun. “Nearly 250,000 passengers traveled between Denver and London in 2019, the busiest year for travel between the two cities,” DEN said in a statement announcing the reintroduction of BA’s service.
“The return of British Airways to Denver is an important milestone on our journey to economic recovery,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “Nonstop connectivity to London is important, both commercially and culturally, to ensure that our city’s and people’ resurgence is sustained for years to come.”
The DEN route’s resumption date of September 1 is significant for both DEN and BA. It was the 23rd anniversary of British Airways starting flights to Denver, making it the first airline to offer a transatlantic service to the Colorado hub. In its early years, the route served London Gatwick (LGW) before switching to London Heathrow (LHR) in 2002.
“For nearly 25 years, British Airways has been a dedicated DEN airline partner,” stated DEN CEO Phil Washington. “We are delighted to see the revival of this vital nonstop flight that connects travelers to Europe and beyond.”