The Agadir Medina. Credit: AdobeStock

March 2024

The best of BA news

New routes, charity milestones and big birthdays – there’s plenty to celebrate this spring

Say hello to exciting new routes
For the first time in more than a decade, we are jetting off from London Gatwick to Agadir, our second Moroccan destination after Marrakech. From 31 March, BA Euroflyer will operate four weekly flights to this coastal haven, which promises sun-soaked days and a vibrant mix of beaches, golf courses, water sports and cultural landmarks aplenty.

And that’s not all. From 23 May 2024, BA Euroflyer will run five services a week to its newest route from London Gatwick to Jersey. The restored route will run on an Airbus A320 aircraft, with Euro Traveller (economy) and Club Europe (business class) cabins available to book.

Heathrow, meanwhile, will see two new destinations join the roster. From April, you’ll be able to fly to the Middle Eastern metropolis of Abu Dhabi for desert landscapes, magnificent beaches and world-class attractions. And from May, Izmir will join Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman to become the fifth Turkish destination on our network.

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Flying Start raises £28m
Since 2010, Flying Start, our global charity partnership with Comic Relief, has been raising money through on-board collections, fundraising events and participation in the annual Red Nose Day and Sport Relief campaigns. To celebrate having raised £28m, we held an event at Battersea Power Station inviting colleagues, customers, celebrity guests and some of the charities supported by Flying Start – including Fight for Peace and mothers2mothers. Last year, 56 cabin crew champions completed the annual Trolley Dash, running 15km through the streets of London and raising more than £10,000 for Flying Start. This year’s Red Nose Day on 15 March (with the theme of ‘Do Something Funny for Money’), sees another Trolley Dash around London and a touch rugby tournament at Twickenham.

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oneworld turns 25
It’s a happy birthday to oneworld®, which has turned 25 this year. Founded by American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas, the premier airline alliance now consists of 13 partners and has flown close to nine billion passengers since its launch.

To mark the occasion, the first oneworld branded airport lounge recently opened in Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. “Our new Incheon lounge resets the benchmark for contemporary travel,” says oneworld vice president, Gerhard Girkinger. “It will serve as the blueprint for future oneworld lounges in select airports around the world.”

Make sure to keep an eye out for the next oneworld lounge, scheduled to open at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport within the next few months.

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