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British Airways reveals 4 new short-haul routes for Summer 2021

British Airways yesterday announced that it will add 4 new short-haul routes for the summer season.

4 new summer destinations

The new destinations include Wroclaw and Gdańsk in Poland, Riga in Latvia and Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Flights to Wroclaw will start from 1st July while flights to other three destinations will start from 2nd July and will run through 26th September. All the flights will be served from London Heathrow, with Wroclaw operating twice-weekly, and Gdansk, Riga and Cluj-Napoca operating 3-times-a-week.

Flight schedule of London Heathrow-Wroclaw-London Heathrow route:

  • London-Wroclaw
  • Departure time: 07:35
  • Arrival time: 10:45
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: BA522
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays
  • Wroclaw-London
  • Departure time: 11:35
  • Arrival time: 12:45
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: BA523
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays

Flight schedule of London Heathrow-Gdansk-London Heathrow route:

  • London-Gdansk
  • Departure time: 16:15
  • Arrival time: 19:25
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: BA532
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Gdansk-London
  • Departure time: 20:15
  • Arrival time: 21:30
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: BA533
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Flight schedule of London Heathrow-Riga-London Heathrow route:

  • London-Riga
  • Departure time: 15:00
  • Arrival time: 19:40
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: BA380
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Riga-London
  • Departure time: 20:30
  • Arrival time: 21:15
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: BA381
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Flight schedule of London Heathrow-Cluj Napoca-London Heathrow route:

  • London-Cluj Napoca
  • Departure time: 07:00
  • Arrival time: 11:50
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: BA536
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Cluj Napoca-London
  • Departure time: 12:40
  • Arrival time: 13:40
  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • Flight number: BA537
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

All the new routes will be operated by the airline’s Airbus fleet. The British flag carrier states that the ‘flights operate on days that work perfectly for those visiting friends and relatives for a long weekend as well as those in search of an exciting city break’.

Return fares start from £83 to Wroclaw, £85 to Gdansk, £94 to Riga, and £95 to Cluj, and the tickets are already on sale. BA’s flexible booking policy remains active, and includes no change fees and a voucher exchange for bookings made for travel before the end of April 2022.

Related: British Airways announces flights from London City to Gibraltar and Jersey

Located in western Poland, Wroclaw is described as boasting ‘beautiful architecture and stunning bridges and islands that cross the Odra River’, while Gdansk offers ‘fine museums, a dominating church building and a beautiful old city’. Meanwhile, Riga is the largest of all three Baltic capital cities, houses a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Cluj-Napoca is among the biggest cities in Romania and is often described as a cultural hub.

While British Airways will serve Wroclaw and Cluj-Napoca for the very first time, it last operated flights to Riga in 2007, and flew briefly to Gdansk between 1999 and the early-2000s.

The flights will complement the already regular-scheduled flights to Krakow and Warsaw in Poland, and Bucharest in Romania.

Related: British Airways trials COVID-19 certification for travel on flights to India

Finally launching flights to Perugia

British Airways will also launch a summer service to the Italian city of Perugia. Starting 28th June, the carrier will fly 3-times-a-week between London Heathrow and Perugia.

Flight schedule of London Heathrow-Perugia-London Heathrow route:

  • London-Perugia
  • Departure time: 16:40
  • Arrival time: 20:05
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: BA616
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Perugia-London
  • Departure time: 21:10
  • Arrival time: 22:40
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: BA617
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Flights to Perugia were due to start in 2020 but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neil Chernoff, Director of Network and Alliances, British Airways, said:

It’s great to be launching new routes as we listen to our customers and assess where they want to travel. We know these four new destinations will be popular with people visiting friends and relatives, but they also offer great city breaks, when the time is right, with flights that head out just before the weekend and return on Sunday.

Meanwhile, British Airways recently announced flights from London City Airport to Jersey and Gibraltar.

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