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British Airways starts direct flights from Austin to London

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In early March, British Airways began direct flights from Austin, Texas, to London Heathrow Airport. The service started just in time for overseas visitors to enjoy the SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Conferences and Festivals and made it much easier for European conference attendees to visit Austin for the event. Service is provided on a Boeing 787 aircraft.

"We're ecstatic that British Airways decided to add nonstop service between London and Austin. It shows that they see the future potential for this marketplace as the epicenter of central Texas," said Bob Lander, President and CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"As the Mayor of Austin and a former pilot, I am excited to have British Airways, one of the world's foremost carriers, create this trans-Atlantic link. This first time, nonstop service between ABIA and Heathrow Airport is sure to take our cities to new levels for both business and vacation travelers," said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. "We look forward to a great and growing relationship between Austin, British Airways, and London."

The new route marks British Airways' third destination in Texas, with the airline also serving Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. The London -Austin nonstop service is available five days a week, increasing to daily flights in May.