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British Airways adds two new destinations in Portugal

British Airways has announced that it will be adding two new destinations in Portugal to its Heathrow short-haul network next summer.

Flights to both, São Miguel and Terceira, will be operated once-a-week.

Starting 2nd July 2022 and running through 3rd September 2022, British Airways will fly between London Heathrow and São Miguel’s João Paulo II Airport. The flight timings are:

  • London-São Miguel
  • Departure time: 09:35
  • Arrival time: 12:40
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: BA522
  • Frequency: Only Saturdays
  • São Miguel-London
  • Departure time: 13:35
  • Arrival time: 18:25
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: BA523
  • Frequency: Only Saturdays

Starting 10th July 2022and running through 28th August 2022, the London-based carrier will operate once-weekly flights between London Heathrow and Terceira’s Lajes International Airport. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • London-Terceira
  • Departure time: 07:55
  • Arrival time: 11:10
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: BA420
  • Frequency: Only Sundays
  • Terceira-London
  • Departure time: 12:10
  • Arrival time: 17:05
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 55 minutes
  • Flight number: BA421
  • Frequency: Only Sundays

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

After a difficult 18 months, it’s fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow. These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers.

The airline will operate an Airbus A320neo to both destinations, with up to 180 seats. Passengers travelling in the airline’s Euro Traveller (economy) cabin can pre-purchase items from the Speedbird Café, which includes a range from Tom Kerridge, in advance of travel, or can order additional snacks and drinks on board the flight directly to their seat using their mobile device. Passengers travelling in Club Europe (business class) have access to priority check in, lounges and restaurant style complimentary dining, including items from the airline’s new ‘Best of British’ menus.

São Miguel. Photo: British Airways

The Azores archipelago is made up of nine islands, all well known for gastronomy and wine as well as their scenic views offering nature lovers a wide range of activities. The island of Terceira is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with its stunning laurel forests and São Miguel, home to the Lake of Seven Cities, has been dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.

British Airways’ return flights to São Miguel, will start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe. Flights to Terceira start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe.

Meanwhile, Buy-On-Board has returned to British Airways’ short-haul flights and the airline has announced four new routes out of Belfast. The airline has reopened its First Class lounge at New York JFK for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began and has increased flights between India and London following a surge in demand. British Airways has also resumed flights to Phoenix, Arizona and Chennai, India & has reopened Concorde Room at London Heathrow and New York – JFK. The airline has launched ‘BA Better World’ Sustainability Programme and a new livery supporting this programme.

Featured image by British Airways

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