British Airways adds more frequencies to Africa
BRITISH AIRWAYS is growing its African frequencies, improving connectivity through London Heathrow and introducing its latest products. In West Africa it will increase its daily services to Ghana by three a week from 27 October, 2013, using Boeing 767s to complement the existing Boeing 777 flights, bringing the total number of weekly services up to 10. From Summer, 2014, a larger four-cabin Boeing 747 aircraft will replace one of the current Boeing 777s currently on the route.
It will also add a fourth weekly service to Sierra Leone and Liberia. In East Africa it will add an additional frequency to Uganda to offer four weekly flights. The schedule will be amended to offer better connections to other international services though Terminal 5. North African services have been bolstered by a fourth weekly flight to Tripoli, Libya.
South African customers are already able to make bookings for the Airbus A380, the airline’s largest and most modern aircraft, which begins flying to Johannesburg on 12 February. This is only the third A380 route to be announced after Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Services to Cape Town will double from the current daily service to a double-daily operation over the busy South African summer season. British Airways is the only airline which flies directly from Cape Town to London year round. It is also investing in its lounges and by the end of the year the Cape Town and Johannesburg facilities will be upgraded to reflect the customer experience at in the Terraces lounges in the award-winning Terminal 5.
“We continue to consider the continent as an important growth market and the acquisition of bmi, our fleet renewal programme and Terminal 5 have enabled us to grow frequencies, introduce new products and provide more convenient connections for our African customers,” says Ian Petrie, Regional Manager, Africa.
The new Uganda schedule, effective from 30 March, 2014, will see flights departing from Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:20 arriving in Entebbe at 22:50 the same day. The return flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays will depart Entebbe at 01:00 arriving at Terminal 5 at 07:50. This gives customers a full day in London or plenty of time to make connections to other flights.
The additional Ghana flights will depart Heathrow Terminal 5 at 22:25 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays arriving in Accra at 05.20. The return service departs Accra at 08.10 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays arriving at Heathrow at 15.15.
The additional Libya flight operates on Mondays departing at Heathrow at 08:50 and arriving at 13:25. The return flight departs at 15:30 arriving in London at 18:15