Last week we wrote about the new routes from Manchester Airport that British Airways is launching for Summer 2017.
These flights were not bookable at the time. However, the routes were officially launched yesterday and you can now book for both cash and Avios at ba.com.
Here is a reminder of the routes together with the preliminary timings. With just one flight per week on most routes, they won’t be a lot of use unless you are planning a 7-night holiday.
Alicante – 20 May – 30 September (Saturdays)
Depart Manchester 0550, arrive Alicante 0940
Depart Alicante 1025, arrive Manchester 1220
London City – 21 May – 1 October
Depart Manchester 1955, arrive London City 2055 (Sundays)
Depart London City 1945, arrive Manchester 2045 (Thursdays)
Ibiza – 18 May – 1 October
Depart Manchester 2125, arrive Ibiza 0115 (Thursdays)
Depart Manchester 1930, arrive Ibiza 2330 (Saturdays)
Depart Manchester 1250, arrive Ibiza 1640 (Sundays)
Depart Ibiza 0155, arrive Manchester 0330 (Fridays)
Depart Ibiza 0005, arrive Manchester 0150 (Sundays)
Depart Ibiza 1725, arrive Manchester 1910 (Sundays)
Malaga – 19 May – 29 September (Fridays)
Depart Manchester 0535, arrive Malaga 0935
Depart Malaga 1020, arrive Manchester 1225
Mykonos – 19 May – 29 September (Fridays)
Depart Manchester 1310, arrive Mykonos 1910
Depart Mykonos 1955, arrive Manchester 2205
Palma – 21 May – 1 October (Sundays)
Depart Manchester 0550, arrive Palma 0935
Depart Palma 1020, arrive Manchester 1205
Nice – 20 May – 30 September (Saturdays)
Depart Manchester 1305, arrive Nice 1625
Depart Nice 1710, arrive Manchester 1835
Note that the London City service will not be bookable until 21st February. It is possible that this is to tie in with the launch of tickets for domestic Club Europe flights which we know are launching later this spring.
If you liked the idea of Nice, be warned that Manchester to Nice in EuroTraveller prices up at 13,000 Avios return compared with 9,000 Avios from London. This is because the flight is longer than 650 miles which pushes it into a higher pricing category. Tax remains at £35 / £50 depending on class.
Remember that these flights operate with Embraer aircraft featuring 2 x 2 seating throughout so there is no ‘middle seat free’ in Club Europe. You will get access to the BA lounge in Manchester or the Escape lounge in Stansted.
New Stansted services too
What did come as a surprise yesterday was the announcement of new weekend routes from London Stansted this summer.
The new routes will operate to Florence, Geneva and Nice.
Services to Ibiza, Palma, Malaga and Faro are being retained from last year, with increased frequencies to Ibiza and Palma.
Again, these routes are available for booking at ba.com.
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