Travel — 31 March 2011
More transatlantic flights as airlines blend their schedules

More transatlantic flights as airlines blend their schedules.

British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia have are busy co-ordinating their flight schedules across the North Atlantic ocean, and more destinations are due to be added by summer 2011.

American Airlines and British Airways have now created a transatlantic shuttle service between the top US – UK routes, by aligning the timing on their schedules to give customers a better choice of flights.

The biggest change is on British Airways’ Heathrow – New York route.

Previously, five of the 11 daily flights to New York left Heathrow at almost exactly the same time, leaving gaps of up to three hours between services.

Now flights depart every hour, on the hour between 1pm and 8pm from Heathrow. There will also only be an hour-and-a-half between morning departures at the most.

Chicago flights inbound to London previously had four flights departing the Windy City at similar times around 5pm and 8pm. Now the flights will be evenly spaced, departing at around 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The 9am and 9.45pm slots will remain as they were.

Two of the three flights to Miami from London clashed around 10am, and these have now been split to leave at 10am and 11am. The 1.30pm has moved to 1.35pm.

The joint business will also now give customers the chance to fly direct between New York (JFK) and Budapest starting from April 5, and between Chicago and Helsinki, both seven times a week on American Airlines from May 1.

British Airways will launch daily flights to San Diego from June 1, marking the airline’s return to the route after eight years. It offers a great variety of hotels in San Diego suitable for all ranges of budgets and tastes. Customers can save money by booking a flight and hotel package for their San Diego holidays at the same time on ba.com plus benefit from a 24 hour in-resort support and expertly chosen hotels which adhere to stringent health and safety criteria.

The British carrier will also increase its services from Gatwick to Cancun from two to three a week from March 27 offering even more choice to customers wishing to take their holidays in Cancun.

Iberia is starting the only direct flight between Spain and California; flying between Madrid and Los Angeles three times a week from March 28, with an additional flight between July and September. Iberia will also launch new flights between Barcelona and Miami three times a week from March 29.

For more information, you can visit the BA web site, http://www.ba.com

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