British Airways news
New routes, more accessible booking and a right royal occasion
An ambassador arrives
British Airways has named tennis superstar, Emma Raducanu, as its latest global brand ambassador. The airline, which prides itself on connecting Britain with the world and the world with Britain, will support the British star as she represents the nation globally. The airline will fly Emma to tournaments around the world, including this year’s French and US Opens and the Masters’ events in California and Rome, as Emma embarks on the next stage of her worldwide tennis career.
Catch a tan faster, thanks to Gatwick
You’ll soon be able to catch some much-needed rays in the likes of Cyprus, Mallorca, Italy and other sunny spots thanks to a new BA subsidiary at Gatwick. The standalone business – which operates under the British Airways name in a similar way to London City Airport – enables the return of short-haul BA flights put on hold by the pandemic. This means travellers can now enjoy the airline’s high levels or service and efficiency while en route to any of 35 available destinations. Flights kick off from March this year from just £39 each way, meaning that spell of Vitamin D you’ve been craving is just around the corner.
More destinations, more often
Thanks to the Atlantic Joint Business venture – which connects American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, LEVEL and Aer Lingus – travellers in the northern hemisphere can enjoy access to even more destinations in 2022. This year sees new routes on the schedule of all participating airlines, including three new BA flights from the UK to North America: Heathrow to Portland (3 June onwards), Gatwick to JFK New York (28 May onwards) and the return of Heathrow to Pittsburgh (3 June onwards). Time to treat yourself to a new pair of sunnies.
Proud sponsor of the Diana Legacy Awards
Last year would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday, so the Diana Legacy Awards – presented to young people making a positive change in their community – were more pertinent than ever. BA supported the event for a third year by flying past and present winners from all over the world together for the ceremony at Althorp House, where they were hosted by Diana’s brother, Lord Spencer.
Making travel more accessible
Travellers who use British Sign Language will now be able to book flights and manage their trip through a video relay service BA is trialling in partnership with SignLive. The new service is designed to make bookings, and the managing of bookings, as well as additional assistance requests, easier for those who use BSL. Travellers will be able to access the BSL service from customer engagement centres and get an overview of what to expect from the journey.