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British Airways announces Winter flight frequency changes

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British Airways published this consolidated list of Winter services changes on Tuesday.  These take effect from 28th October.

Not all of this list is new but I think most of it is.  There will be additional Avios seats available to the places on the ‘Frequency Increases’ list so if you have previously struggled to find seats on weeks you wanted, look again.  Larnaca, Malaga and Las Palmas are worth a look – especially the latter where weekly flights double to two.

Some of you are also going to find that you are on flights which are now cancelled.  Some changes are trivial (Frankfurt drops from 46 to 45 per week) whilst others are not.

Bilbao is the biggest loser with a 50% cut in service. Palermo is dropped entirely.  BA will eventually notify you but if you check yourself now you have the best chance of being rerouted on the service you want.

Nassau and Grand Cayman see the Tuesday flight move to a Monday, whilst the Monday flight to Nashville moves to Tuesday and the Saturday flight moves to Sunday.

The move of Warsaw, pictured above, from T3 to T5 will be a disappointment to anyone hoping to enjoy the Cathay Pacific or Qantas lounges.

Warsaw (WAW) from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to London Heathrow Terminal 5

Prague (PRG) – increase frequency from 27 flights to 34 flights per week
Barcelona (BCN) – increase frequency from 46 flights to 53 flights per week
Budapest (BUD) – increase frequency from 20 flights to 23 flights per week
Gibraltar (GIB) – increase frequency from 9 flights to 13 flights per week
Berlin (TXL) – increase frequency from 53 flights to 55 flights per week
Zurich (ZRH) – increase frequency from 42 flights to 44 flights per week
Larnaca (LCA) – increase frequency from 7 flights to 10 flights per week
Malaga (AGP) – increase frequency from 4 flights to 6 flights per week
Las Palmas (LPA) – increase frequency from 1 flight to 2 per week
Vienna (VIE) – increase frequency from 34 flights to 36 flights per week
Lyon (LYS) – increase frequency from 21 flights to 23 flights per week
Rome (FCO) – increase frequency from 41 flights to 42 flights per week
Miami (MIA) – additional daily flight totalling 3 daily flights in each direction from 28 October 2018

Warsaw (WAW) – reduce frequency from 14 flights to 13 flights per week
Newcastle (NCL) – reduce frequency from 41 flights to 34 flights per week
Aberdeen (ABZ) – reduce frequency from 53 flights to 47 flights per week
Glasgow (GLA) – reduce frequency from 60 flights to 58 flights per week
Bilbao (BIO) – reduce frequency from 14 flights to 7 flights per week
Paris (CDG) reduce frequency from 53 flights to 47 flights per week
Reykjavik (KEF) – reduce frequency from 14 flights to 11 flights per week
Stuttgart (STR) – reduce frequency from 14 flights to 13 flights per week
Stockholm (ARN) – reduce frequency from 34 flights to 33 flights per week
Frankfurt (FRA) – reduce frequency from 46 flights to 45 flights per week
Dallas (DFW) – reduce from a daily service to 6 flights per week from 28 October 2018

Innsbruck (INN) – reduce by one Wednesday frequency and add one Tuesday frequency
Luxembourg (LUX) – reduce by one Saturday frequency and add one Friday frequency
Nashville (BNA) – day change from Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Nassau (NAS) / Grand Cayman (GCM) – day change from Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday to Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 

Palermo (PMO) – service suspended during Winter only (2 flights per week suspended)

In a separate announcement, British Airways is suspending the twice-weekly service to Luanda, Angola.  The last flight will be 7th June.

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