Here’s one you didn’t see coming. British Airways, via its BA CityFlyer subsidiary, is launching 11 routes from Southampton next Summer.
Southampton was, as the picture below shows, a major Flybe base before the airline collapsed earlier this year. The services will be a welcome respite for the airport which lost virtually all of its scheduled services.
The BA flights will use Embraer aircraft which serve London City Airport during the week but have nothing to do when City is closed over the weekend.
(EDIT, May 2021 – the launch date for most of these routes has been pushed back from the dates shown below. Check ba.com for the latest information.)
To accommodate these flights, British Airways is cancelling the scheduled services from Manchester and London Stansted next Summer. This explains why so many HfP readers had reported getting cancellation emails for these services over the last few days.
Interestingly, the BBC reported yesterday that the airport has pulled its planning application for a runway extension. The airport said that it intended to submit ‘additional information’ in a revised application. This could be what they were talking about. A commitment from British Airways is likely to play a part in deciding whether to approve it.
What are the new BA routes from Southampton?
Most routes operate between May and 31st October on weekends only. Some services only operate to late September.
- Berlin – starts 2nd May, Sunday out, Friday back
- Edinburgh – starts 16th May, Sunday out, Friday back
- Bergerac – starts 15th May, weekends plus Tuesday in peak season
- Faro – starts 1st May
- Florence – starts 1st May
- Ibiza – starts 2nd May
- Limoges – starts 15th May
- Malaga – starts 1st May
- Mykonos – starts 16th May
- Nice – starts 15th May
- Palma – starts 1st May
Live in London?
Many Londoners have probably never flown from Southampton. It is, however, surprisingly easy.
You can get a direct train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway station. You will be in the small terminal building within a couple of minutes.
Is there a lounge?
Yes. Here is our review of the Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport.
Flights are now available for booking via ba.com.
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