Bizarre new BA route: Glasgow to Salzburg!

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To be fair, this is not as bizarre as the Edinburgh to Ibiza service launched by British Airways last year.  It is close, though.

From December 12th, British Airways is launching a Saturday-only service from Glasgow to Salzburg.

The timings are decent, leaving Glasgow at 12.40 and leaving Salzburg for the return at 15.50.


The justification for the service is to “utilise time within the Gatwick short-haul schedule” and the flights will be staffed with Gatwick-based crew.

It will be a two cabin service.

Avios flights have already been loaded into – initially they are offering the bare minimum of four seats per flight in Eurotraveller and two seats per flight in Club Europe.  These clearly will not last long, at one flight per week, so move quickly if you are keen.  Additional seats may open up later if demand is low.

If you live in London, remember that new weekend services to Salzburg will be running between December and March from Heathrow.  This is in addition to the well established Gatwick service.

Whilst a small town, there are numerous hotel redemption options.  I have stayed at the Sheraton by the park which is one of the better ones in the chain.  There is a Crowne Plaza a few seconds away.  The old town contains the luxury Starwood option of the Goldener Hirsch and a Radisson Blu bookable with Club Carlson points.  Unfortunately the InterContinental resort in nearby Berchtesgaden is now a Kempinski, although it is still worth a look if paying cash.  There are no Hilton options.

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  1. Lady London says:

    Good for ski season. I used to visit Salzburg quite a lot and struggled to find decent hotels there.

    The airport used to have a nice bar/restaurant upstairs that was also used by locals. Public transport costs from the airport are pretty reasonable, such as they are. Hertz tried to charge me far more than my contracted rate when I returned a car out of hours so beware. I had to get Hertz Corporate to sort it out which they did – as they usually do excellently when franchisees get exciting ideas about amending rates on return.

  2. Win Glasgow says:

    Have just tried to book on this Satzburg Route ,it is saying we do not hshow this Route only out of London !

  3. GoodMorning from no1 Gatwick!
    I don’t find the Edi-Ibz bizarre.if you want to fly these days to Ibiza it’s crazy almost all flights sold out so maybe that was to route the traffic of the party people!! 😉 Scots have right to party too! Have a nice day!

  4. Tim Millea says:

    Any move that helps make BA less of an irrelevance outside London, no matter how insignifcant, has to be applauded.

  5. Disappointed to hear that Intercon have sold out the Bavarian hotel.

    • They were pushed out, I understand. The hotel is a German Government vanity project, unlikely it can ever be profitable given construction costs. The reason we all liked it was the low cash cost and IC’s love of upgrading to the (excessive) number of suites. The Kempinski brand may bring in more locals.

  6. Bluejosh says:

    Not that bizarre, surely just worth a go for the ski season. Why is Ibiza bizarre too? It’s hugely popular with Brits. That includes Scottish people too; for the time being at least

  7. I don’t think it’s bizzare. BA have clearly been impressed with the weekend IBZ service from EDI. Aircraft don’t earn money sat on the ground so if they can tap into an underserved market by using an aircraft that would be sat in the ground it make sense.

    This route is clearly for the ski season. I would imagine those at Waterside, who have more access to data/info/pricing strategies, have noticed a demand and gone for it. Good business if you ask me.

  8. Col A-B says:

    Perfect for the ski season, which is what it’s clearly targeted at. No more unusual than easyJet’s Bristol or Liverpool to Salzburg routes.

  9. Perfect….nothing bizarre at all about this 😉 , in fact just booked it for £66 one way which is just as good a price as any budget carrier, and includes 23kg luggage allowance (and possibly a complimentary bag of nuts and a cup of tea) and one world status benefits. The first time i have used cash to buy a BA ticket in about 8 years!

    • The flight i booked this morning for £66 now costs £208! one way. It’s looking a popular flight!

  10. Two lovely SPG properties a short trip out of Salzburg at Schloss Fuschl. Next to each other – one sheraton and one luxury collection.

    Can thoroughly recommend, from a trip a few years back.

  11. Ross Parker says:

    I take it that you are neither a skier nor a clubber, Rob? If you’d ever had to schlep ski bags around, or search for an oversized baggage carousel at LHR/LGW, you’d know the value of direct flights from local airports.

    • I know the value, but you need to look at it from a marketing perspective. Trying to sell seats on a once a week route, on an airline which everyone knows does not fly anywhere except London from Glasgow, is not exactly easy.

  12. Perfect for ski season with great flight times. So not at all bizarre. I do agree the Ibiza flights were weird, because the flights were in the middle of the night.

  13. I’m just glad this BA policy of only flying to London from Scotland seems to be wavering! I wonder if we’ll see any other flights in due course?

  14. Jet2 Edinburgh-Salzburg flights pretty rammed when I last went during ski season and most ski accommodation is Sat-Sat so seems a pretty sensible use of a spare plane rotation to me. Would love more of these as the extra free baggage allowance with status really comes into its own on these flights!

  15. Anthony Dunn says:

    What does this demonstrate? That people (BA staff) are now (relatively) cheap but the planes are expensive. Makes complete sense to max out on asset utilisation. It will be interesting to see whether BA starts trying out other ex-the UK regions routes.

  16. I’m pretty sure that these Scottish weekend services are part of a deal with Barrhead Travel.

  17. stevejnr says:

    At least there’s a lounge in Salzburg now.

  18. would not say that is bizzare.
    There is a ton of good ski-ing to be had within an hour salzburg & even more within 90mins

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