In a surprise announcement today, British Airways will begin non-stop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to London's Heathrow International Airport beginning March 2014. This is the first time a regular passenger flight will cross the Atlantic Ocean leaving from Austin. Five flights are planned per week with an increase to daily service on May 5th.
The airline chose the modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner for its route to London. This will be the third destination British Airways offers in the state of Texas, Dallas and Houston being the other locations. The carrier has its home base at Heathrow airport and flies to more than 70 different countries. In 2012, the airline carried more than 37 million passengers. The 787 aircraft that will operate from Austin will be configured into three cabin sections - Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy. Tickets for purchase are already available. For booking your flight, you can contact their website at (www.ba.com).
Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ director of strategy, said: “The addition of Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners to our fleet enables us to start new routes and increase services to a number of our destinations. We’re excited to be the only airline offering direct flights from London to Austin. We believe it will prove very popular with both business and leisure customers. In the pioneering spirit of the Lone Star state, we are flying there in one of the world’s most advanced aircraft, the 787, to encourage more business with the scores of hi-tech companies based in Austin’s ‘Silicon Hills’”. Next year, in addition to the new service to Austin, British Airways will increase routes to many of its popular destinations around the world.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport served a record 9.4 million passengers in 2012 and traffic has increased 6% year-to-date. Austin’s airport has nonstop service to 41 destinations and is home to 13 airline carriers. the airport generates a $2.4 billion economic impact to the Austin area annually and is entirely self-sustaining, generating its own revenue to cover its operating costs. For more information, visit www.abia.org.