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British Airways Boosts Flights Between SAN and LHR to Meet Surging Demand

British Airways has announced an augmentation in its nonstop service between San Diego International Airport (SAN) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to meet increasing demand. Beginning April 20, 2024, the airline will introduce a second daily flight, enhancing connections between these iconic cities.

British Airways adds flights between San Diego and London Heathrow.
New British Airways Boeing 787-8 Arriving from the Boeing Factory in Seattle to London Heathrow. Taken: 29th September 2017 Picture by: Stuart Bailey Source: British Airways.

A Commendable Recovery for SAN

Amid the top 30 U.S.-Europe passenger routes, San Diego’s post-pandemic recovery has been commendable. In fact, present numbers reveal that San Diego–Europe passenger counts are up 12% from 2019, with the San Diego-London route experiencing an impressive 28% hike.

With this service expansion, British Airways seeks to capitalize on this buoyant demand, offering business and leisure travelers increased travel flexibility.

British Airways Flights to San Diego: All the Details

Since June 2011, British Airways has flown a daily non-stop flight between SAN and LHR. The current flights, BA273 and BA272, have now been rescheduled. BA273 will land in San Diego from London at 6:10 PM, taking off for London at 8:00 PM. The newly introduced second flight, BA265 and BA264, will touch down in San Diego at 3:25 PM and depart for London at 5:15 PM.

BA 264/BA265 will operate on 272-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft, and BA272/BA273 will operate on 214-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. 

With this addition, the summer 2024 seat inventory on flights to London will significantly increase by 47% compared to the summer of 2023.

A World of Possibilities

Kimberly Becker, President and CEO of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said: “The expansion of British Airways flights between London Heathrow and San Diego International Airport opens up a world of possibilities. Leisure and business travelers from San Diego will have added opportunities to explore London and beyond while giving travelers from the rest of the world increased access to San Diego’s beautiful beaches and year-round sunny climate.”

A linchpin in global aviation, London Heathrow ranks as the world’s second-busiest airport. It is pivotal for British Airways, bridging connections across continents, from Europe, North America, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & Asia, Africa & Indian Ocean, the Far East, and Australia.

London, renowned for its vibrant culture and iconic landmarks, holds an array of attractions. The city teems with history, arts, and gastronomy. Among the top European destinations for San Diego residents, London, Munich, and Paris hold prominent places.

A Welcome Addition to BA’s California Schedule

British Airways Director of Networks and Alliances Neil Chernoff remarked, “We are delighted to be launching a second daily flight from San Diego, further supporting the growth of business and leisure travel in the city and demonstrating our commitment to the region. This new frequency will offer more options and convenience for our customers and is a welcome addition to our California schedule.”

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