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British Airways launches new routes from Gatwick, cuts back Maldives and Buenos Aires

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British Airways released a flurry of route announcements last week.  These things tend to come out in bursts, since every route cancellation will eventually be matched by a new route or capacity addition.

Here is a summary of the announcements.  All of these changes will commence from the week of March 29th.  Seats can be booked now at ba.com.

Short-haul:

Seville (from Gatwick), see photo.  This will run 5 days per week all year round.  This is a great place to visit if you have never been.  It is officially the ‘hottest major Metropolitan area’ in Europe!

Las Palmas (from Gatwick).  This will run 2 days per week all year round.

Funchal (from Gatwick).  This will run 3 days per week all year round.

BA has already announced the launch of Cagliari, Crete, Rhodes, Bodrum and Dalaman for next Summer.

Seville

Long-haul:

Colombo to be dropped.  This is currently an add-on to the Maldives service.  This was on the cards since SriLankan joined the oneworld alliance – they offer a direct service to Colombo with no need to stop in Male on the way, and you still earn Avios and tier points.

Maldives to become ‘Winter only’.  This is a bit of a surprise since I assume there is a decent volume of premium business on this route, even in Summer.  They won’t be selling many fully-flexible tickets but I would have expected it to out-yield plenty of other routes.  Flights will end on 29th March and not resume until October.

Antigua to be increased to a daily service from 5 per week

Orlando to be increased from 13 to 14 departures per week

Port of Spain to be increased from 5 to 6 departures per week

Grenada, Kingston, Las Vegas and Mauritius will see changes to flight times

Buenos Aires (served from Heathrow, all of the above changes are from Gatwick) is to be reduced to five flights per week from the current seven.

Comments (28)

  • Andy says:

    Damn! That MLE-CMB hop was really useful if you know what I mean, anyone got any similar ones that give similar results?

  • Amanda says:

    I was booked on a LGW to Male flight in May 2015. This was a 2-4-1 redemption in business. Had 2 very frustrating conversations last Thursday after I was informed that the flights were cancelled. No sympathy regarding my hotel booking and no confirmation that my voucher would be re-instated with the full 12 month validity. I was told that ‘we will fully refund your Avios points and tax money and give you the voucher back’ frankly I wouldn’t have expected anything else!
    Now hoping there will be reward availability for October 2015 once booking opens in a few weeks time. Or perhaps we will go somewhere else, good job we are flexable.

    • Rich. says:

      Not sure I would accept this. Follow developments on flyer talk? What do the EU regs actually say?
      Why can’t BA re route you via Doha or Colombo on their one world partners!?
      Can’t be that many people affected…?

      • Amanda says:

        I read through all the Flyer Talk comments last night. There are quite a few with reward & 2-4-1 seats affected. Seems that no one is having any luck with re-routing. Every time I have called BA I get the overspill to the main call centre and they just seem to read from a script. ‘ Very sorry about that Mrs B’ i have resigned myself to either a different destination or fingers crossed for reward seats in Oct/Nov. good job we are flexible.