British Airways is expanding its short-haul network with the addition of new destinations including Riga in Latvia and Belgrade in Serbia, from London Heathrow.

The flag-carrier said the additions would give passengers more choice, with British Airways now serving more than 120 short-haul destinations from London.

Riga, Belgrade and Cologne

British Airways will launch a three-times weekly service from London Heathrow from 29 October 2023, using a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft.

The airline will also launch a three-times weekly service to Belgrade, Serbia, from London Heathrow from 31 October 2023, again operating on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft.

To Cologne, Germany, British Airways will launch a 12-times weekly service from London Heathrow from 30 October 2023. Flights will operate on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft.

Further additions to short-haul network

BA Cityflyer, British Airways’ subsidiary based at London City Airport, will launch a weekly service to Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to complement the existing flights from London Heathrow.

The flight will operate on the Embraer 190 aircraft on Sundays from 5 November 2023.

Weekly winter flights from Heathrow to Turin, Italy (TRN) will also become available on Sundays from 10 December 2023.

This will complement the current daily service from London Gatwick with BA Euroflyer, British Airways’ Gatwick-based subsidiary.

Winter extensions

BA Cityflyer’s route to San Sebastian, Spain (EAS) has been extended into the winter season, offering direct flights on Thursdays and Sundays to the Basque Country. This will be the first time it has become a year-round route.

The airline has also confirmed that it will continue Heathrow operations into the winter for Ljubljana, Slovenia (LJU). The service will continue to operate four times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Finally, Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) will become a year-round destination, continue to offer a four-times weekly service. The route launched in June 2023 to complement the service to Istanbul Airport (IST).

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: “We are excited to be adding European cities Riga, Belgrade and Cologne to our route network. These are destinations that we think our customers will love, offering an alternative to some of the more well-known cities we fly to. We also know that Italy in particular is a firm favourite with our customers, so we look forward to adding more capacity with flights to Milan and Turin, alongside more choice across Europe generally.”
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