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Emirates to restart flights from Glasgow Airport next week

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With the UAE now on the Amber travel list, allowing all fully vaccinated UK residents to travel, Emirates has announced the resumption of flights from Glasgow Airport.

From 11th August until the end of the Summer timetable on 30th October, there will be four flights per week. There are plans to return to a daily service as soon as possible and it may even happen before 30th October.

Outbound flights from Glasgow will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with a 14.35 departure time, arriving at 01.05.

Emirates is using a two-class Boeing 777-200LR.

If you are travelling through Glasgow later this year, here is our latest review of the Upperdeck Lounge (the Priority Pass option) and here is our review of the new luxury Lomond Lounge. Lounges can be booked here.

Emirates flight restart from Glasgow Airport

British Airways finally starts the bulk of its Southampton routes

At long last, after many false starts, this weekend will see the start of the bulk of the new British Airways routes from Southampton.

According to a BA CityFlyer post on LinkedIn, today will see the launch or relaunch of:

  • Alicante
  • Bergerac
  • Berlin
  • Faro
  • Malaga
  • Mykonos

Ibiza, Palma and Edinburgh have already launched and will continue.

I’m not sure if we will see the other three proposed routes – Florence, Limoges, Nice – this season.

Our last review of The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport is here from 2018. You can find out more about the Spitfire Executive Lounge on the Southampton Airport website here.


How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (October 2021)

Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

  • American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a limited offer which ends on 9th November 2021.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (31)

  • roberto says:

    Will be flying out of Southampton later this month and looking forward to it. Cheap as chips plus the usual benefits of City Flyer.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      What are the usual benefits of cityflyer Roberto?

      • Jonathan says:

        Free food (sometimes a light meal but certainly more than the pack of crisps/biscuits on mainline) & drinks.

        2+2 seating & often more legroom.

      • J says:

        Also smaller planes means quicker boarding process and, for some arrival airports, shorter border control queues.

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        The catering in economy is definitely better than BA mainline, even when BA mainline also had free catering in economy the CityFlyer offering was better, now all you get is water and crisps CityFlyer is definitely better.
        I think the catering in business class is better too, but some disagree and others prefer mainline because business class has the middle seat blocked whereas CityFlyer has no middle seat

    • Doug M says:

      I find the 2+2 seating just generates a much greater feeling of space.

      • Optimus Prime says:

        I love their 2+2 seating. On the other hand the overhead space is smaller and there are always idiots ignoring the cabin crew and storing their coats and small bags in them. Then you don’t have space for your trolley. In January 2020 we did LCY-AMS and a mother travelling alone with her 2 kids had to take the initiative and remove handbags and coats to make room for their trolleys.

        • BJ says:

          +1, people flying Y have really suffered during the last decade as pairs of seats have largely disappeared from wide body fleets as most airlines have tried to cram ever more in. That is why anytime I contemplate longhaul Y I look for a330s or newer 767s. I prefer E170/190 on regional flights too.

        • WaynedP says:

          Arguably, coats and handbags (and any similar items that can’t travel in the hold) should take precedence over trolley cases, which can.

          I despair at the arrogance and sense of self entitlement shown by some passengers who are trying to fly on the cheap by stuffing close to 20kg of luggage into an overhead compartment on a crowded flight.

          • Doug M says:

            I don’t who’s right, it’s just one of those circular arguments, I tend to agree with you. I resent the idea my smallish laptop bag should go on the floor to accommodate luggage that could be checked, or if not checked the idea it somehow has priority because it’s large. I do know I’m not putting my coat on the floor.

          • BJ says:

            I have bigger issues with people sitting further down the back on a single aisle aircraft popping their bags in the first available bin after walking through the door. It’s main reason I prefer to board first than at the end if I’m flying upfront on a short flight with a320 or similar.

          • Alex Sm says:

            Arguably, gate keepers should be all sent for a Ryanair crash course of hand luggage measuring and weighing

          • Optimus Prime says:

            @Doug M – I’m not asking people to put their coats on the floor but on top of the stored luggage. My complain was about people extending their coats and jackets on the base of the cabinet and then asking others not to put their bags in it!

  • Loz says:

    Thanks for the update. Our August flight from Florence was cancelled last month. BA’s message at the time said FLR-SOU service wasn’t due to start until April next year at the earliest.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      That’s still the case. I thought I’d book FLR-SOU as I needed to pop by Bournemouth and this was a lot more convenient (from Bologna it’s at quick ride on the fast train, then a tram to FLR airport which also passes by a conveniently positioned Hilton Garden Inn).

      But first FLR-SOU was cancelled, then BLQ-LHR, leaving me with BLQ-MAD-LHR

      Unfortunately a combination of traffic light uncertainty and Italy imposing quarantine on the UK has resulted in a lot of cancellations on BA flights to Italy.

  • Andrew says:

    If Scottish children aren’t too busy “tattie howking”, they could probably head to Dubai in October too.

    Schools are off the second week in October for my family in Perthshire.

  • Sarah Davis says:

    We flew to Palma & back from Southampton two weeks ago
    ….. total time from tarmac to M27 17 minutes. I’ll take that! Hoping the A/C is fixed in the lounge though – it was a bit hot & sticky

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Does status get you into the lounge in SOU?

      Never been there as when we fly from Southampton we tend to arrive last minute as we live here!

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        I’d not count on it. Considering BA has ripped up a lot of outstation contracts even in airports Iberia still have a lounge contract (I say that because IAG seem to negotiate contracts per airline, but Lufthansa do it at a group level) you’d be very lucky if BA has arranged access here.

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        According to the SOU website https://www.southamptonairport.com/at-the-airport/the-spitfire-lounge/ “British Airways Gold and Silver cardholders will be granted access to the lounge”.

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        They also accept Priority Pass, Diners Club, Lounge Club, Lounge Key, Lounge Pass and Dragon Pass cardholders.

  • WaynedP says:

    Re “double tier points on your flight if your holiday is completed by 30th September”, I believe this should read “double tier points on your flight if your outbound flight is completed by 30th September”

    You helpfully provide the link to the small print, which needs a further click through to the T&Cs from the initial landing page, and there are quite a few of them including must be at least 5 nights and a booking for at least two people among others.

    Also the following:

    2d. Travel is for outbound departures between 9 June 2021 and 30 September 2021 inclusive (final outbound departure date is 30 September 2021).

    I made a booking for my wife and me back in Feb that straddles 30 Sep / 1 Oct, and was pleasantly surprised to read that, according to my interpretation of the T&Cs, our full BA Holiday should qualify for this offer.

  • Bagoly says:

    Currently BAH also means deadline for customer cancelling to voucher is 3 weeks rather than 24 hours.

  • BJ says:

    I think GLA was double daily on 773s and then a380 on one rotation IIRC so a very long way to go but at least it’s a start 🙂

  • Mark says:

    Is the consensus that UAE will put the UK on their green list too? Everything seems incredibly cheap right now.

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