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British Airways launches new Krakow route from Heathrow

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British Airways has announced a new route to Krakow in Poland, with flights commencing on May 1st.

Krakow is a lovely city – if you haven’t managed to get there yet then you should put it on your list.   The entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Unfortunately the BA flights are not hugely convenient.  For a start, there are only four flights per week.

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On Monday it will depart at 8.40, on Wednesday at 4.40, on Friday at 11.45 and Sunday at 4.40.  The return flights generally leave four hours later.

Whilst these times seem a bit odd, they do allow you to maximise your time on a short break whilst reducing the number of hotel nights you need – as long as you depart on a Monday or Friday and come back on a Wednesday or Sunday!

These services are planned to coincide with the May opening of the new international terminal at Krakow airport and a direct rail link from the airport into the city centre.

Slightly surprisingly, as this will a tourist-focussed route, it will depart from Heathrow and not Gatwick.  More surprisingly, it will depart from Terminal 5 and not Terminal 3 which is generally where routes with little connecting traffic are dumped.

Tickets, both cash and Avios redemptions, are already bookable at ba.com.


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Comments (16)

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  • andystock says:

    Another Ryanair destination that BA will fly now. BA is still a status simble for these cites! I thinl this route could do well

  • andystock says:

    Another Ryanair destination that BA will fly now. BA is still a status simble for these cites! I thinl this route could do well

  • Jo92 says:

    I remember when BA used to fly to Krakow from Gatwick. I used it several times and there was almost a 100% load factor on every flight.

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