Heathrow to New Orleans route launched by BA as runway speculation continues
British Airways will be the only airline in Europe to provide a direct flight from the continent to New Orleans in the deep south of the USA.
The news comes amid speculation that the UK government will select Heathrow as its preference for expansion over Gatwick, though no final decision will be made for at least another year.
From March 26, 2017 the UK Carrier will launch a four times a week service from Heathrow to the Louisiana city. The route will be operated by a three-class Boeing 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £599, £899 in World Traveller Plus and £1749 in Club World.
Sean Doyle, Director of Networks and Alliances, said: "We are really excited to be adding New Orleans to British Airways' extensive global network. It's a city that boasts an iconic music and arts scene and plays host to more than 130 festivals a year, including the world famous Mardi Gras.
"Holidaymakers can enjoy the jazz and blues music trails, visit the historic sugarcane plantations, cruise down the Mississippi River or relax on the unspoilt Gulf Shores and Orange Beaches which are just a short drive away. More than 80,000 visitors head to Louisiana and New Orleans every year and we are confident this route will be a big hit with British tourists as well as business travellers."
The flights will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with the BA225 departing from London Heathrow at 3:40pm and arriving in to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 7:40pm, while the BA224 will leave New Orleans at 9:10pm, arriving into London at 12:00 noon the next day.
The new route will be BA’s 23rd USA destination, and Condor will join the airline in offering direct flights to and from New Orleans in May 2017.
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