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British Airways to resume flights to former Red List destinations

Following the UK’s government’s announcement that a total of 47 countries and territories will be removed from the Red List, British Airways has announced that it will resume and increase frequency of flights to a number of destinations.

British Airways is set to ramp up services to South Africa, with double-daily flights to Johannesburg expected by mid-December 2021. The carrier will also resume 3-weekly flights to Cape Town in November 2021, before moving to a double-daily service in December 2021.

From 6th November 2021, the airline’s services to Mexico City will also be increasing to 5-flights-a-week while daily flights to Cancun will resume on 22nd October 2021.

Popular South American destinations Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires will be returning to British Airways’ network just in time for Christmas.

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Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO, British Airways, said:

It finally feels like we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel. Britain will benefit from this significant reduction in red list countries, and now it’s time to turn our attention to eradicating testing for fully vaccinated travellers to ensure we don’t lose our place on the global stage. Once we have a firm date for the reopening of US borders in November, we look forward to reconnecting our two countries, reigniting transatlantic businesses and reuniting families who have been separated for the best part of two years. We are ready, and we look forward to operating our first flights and welcoming back our customers.

The announcement of frequency increases and additions to its flight schedule follows an announcement from British Airways just a few days ago that it is planning on operating its biggest schedule since March 2020, including resuming flights with the Airbus A380. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, United Airlines is also planning on operating its biggest schedule since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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