British Airways has announced a new route to Almeria.
From the end of March 2018 there will be two flights a week from Heathrow to the southern Spanish city.
As with all new routes, this is especially interesting news as it means there will be lots of seats available today to book with Avios. Virtually every flight should still be showing the guaranteed two Club Europe and four Euro Traveller seats, even on peak dates, until HfP readers snap them up. If you are looking for an interesting Summer holiday or short break destination, you should look at Almeria.
Flights to Almeria will be twice-weekly from Heathrow Terminal 5 starting on 27th March 2018.
The flights will be operated on an Airbus A320.
The route will be a Summer only route, ending on 27th October, with flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, said:
We’re extremely happy to start flying to Almeria, situated on part of Spain’s most unspoilt shores. If you want to jump into crystal clear water, explore the volcanic cliffs of the Wild West and drink sangria in the desert, then this stunning part of Andalucía is a dream holiday destination.
A hand baggage only Euro Traveller fare will be available starting from £66. Flights went on sale yesterday and can be booked using cash or Avios on ba.com.
Make sure to choose a Tuesday or Saturday for your flight dates as you’ll otherwise be routed via Madrid. The airport code for Almeria is LEI for those who prefer to search that way.
PS. British Airways will also expand its route to Inverness from March 2018 adding three flights to the current seven per week. This means that on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays there will be two flights daily. Flights from Inverness are excluded from Air Passenger Duty, saving up to £166 in taxes on long-haul Avios redemptions.
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