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British Airways adds Gibraltar and Faro flights from City, Manchester, Edinburgh

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British Airways is bringing forward the launch of its new route to Gibraltar from London City Airport.

It is also launching Faro flights from Edinburgh and Manchester.

These have been triggered by strong suspicions that Gibraltar and Portugal will be on the ‘Green’ list of ‘no quarantine’ destinations which kicks in from 17th May. The list is due to be announced today.


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Flights from London City Airport are operating twice a week – Mondays and Fridays – using BA CityFlyer’s Embraer E190 aircraft:

The first flight was due to depart on Friday 25th June. This has now been brought forward to Friday 11th June.

BA3289 will operate on Monday and Friday. It departs London City at 13:15 and arrives in Gibraltar at 17:10. The return flight is BA 3290, departing Gibraltar at 17:55 and landing at 19:50.

These feature a 2-2 configuration in both Club Europe and Euro Traveller (there is no blocked seat in Club Europe).

Remember that there is no lounge at London City so, on the outbound, there is no real benefit to Club Europe apart from the improved food and drink. Seating is 2×2 irrespective of class.

You may want to consider flying out from Heathrow, because of the better facilities, and back into City to avoid a potential long immigration queue.

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BA CityFlyer had also added additional flights to Faro.

Edinburgh to Faro launches on 29th May and is scheduled to run until 20th June. Flights will operate on Saturdays and Sundays.

From late June, the aircraft is due to swap to operating flights to Florence. My understanding is that BA CityFlyer may decide to drop this and continue with Faro if the demand is there.

Manchester to Faro has been announced via Twitter but was not bookable as of last night. Flights will operate on Saturdays from late May and will use an Airbus A319 from the Gatwick fleet.

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Gibraltar to London City and Edinburgh to Faro are bookable on for cash or Avios.

Manchester to Faro was not bookable at all, for cash or Avios, as of last night.

You can book on the BA website here.

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Comments (42)

  • Tim says:

    Can’t find reference to the Twitter post anywhere for this MAN-FAO. Any hints? My dreams are coming true if BA have started to offer MAN flights with 320s

  • Vasco says:

    “Remember that there is no lounge at London City so, on the outbound, there is no real benefit to Club Europe apart from the improved food and drink. Seating is 2×2 irrespective of class.”

    No benefit on the inbound either, the lounge at FAO is a miserable hole.

    • Stuart says:

      And BA cancelled the lounge contract at GIB, so even less reason to pay for Club.

  • Philip Martin says:

    Looks like no direct flights from MAN – FAO. All go via Heathrow with long stopovers 🙁

  • Philip Martin says:

    A couple of examples:

    06:45 MAN – 19:05 FAO

    1 Connection 12h 20m
    Economy Plus £269
    Business £422

    06:45 MAN – 14:40 FAO

    1 Connection 7h 55m
    Economy Plus £304
    Business £457

  • Joshua says:

    Hi Rob. How optimistic are you feeling of further status extensions from BA? Jan 8th TP collection year end GGL hoping US continued closure means they will do something in June. What are my chances do you think?

    • Rob says:

      Irrespective of what gets announced today, business travel isn’t going to restart before September. We are only a few weeks away from the start of the holiday season when business travel would die anyway.

      I think BA will have to do something, because the last thing it wants is to make you a ‘free agent’ by stripping your benefits before you start picking a carrier for your next work trip.

  • Ade says:

    It would be nice of at some point BA came back to BHX so I can use Points from my local airport instead of flying London Airways out of LHR or LGW all the time…. surely makes sence now to spread travel a but more throughout the uk ?

    • Tim says:

      Makes even less sense now than ever to increase risk and expenditure. It’s not cheap setting operations up at airports, and logistically, having cabin/flight crew based at one airport but operating out of four/five/six/seven is a nightmare.

    • Sam G says:

      No way they’d do BHX or any airport they don’t currently serve, too much complexity.

      Manchester / Edinburgh (maybe Glasgow / Newcastle etc) are easy to add the odd tactical Euro rotation as they’ve got all the contracts / handling in place already – they just juggle the domestic schedule as required to get the aircraft/crew in place to operate it

  • IanM says:

    Looks like Saturday flights from Edinburgh, but at £350 round trip economy there will be plenty seats available!

    • ChrisW says:

      I would expect a lot of additional flights to Portugal from various airlines will be added next week after the traffic light announcement. Prices will fall.

  • Elaine Dove says:

    I find it odd that you suggest flying out of LHR to Faro & back into Lindon City due to there being no lounge @LCY. City requires far less time to check in pre departure making it easier & so much quicker added to which I would say the food in Club is well worth the extra as it includes a bit meal plus champagne & other complimentary drinks. It’s also worth mentioning that complimentary food & drink has always remained in world traveller throughout the atrocious buy in board trialled & failed at LHR & LGW

    • Rob says:

      Obviously issues such as where you live and your BA status (I’m Gold, I can use First Wing) play into this, I admit. I’d still say Faro is a long flight on a shaky Embraer 190 though, given the choice. The empty middle seat I’d get from Heathrow would also be helpful.

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