Heathrow’s European network is spreading to Palermo

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Summer expansion

British Airways’ biggest summer expansion of its network for many years is getting under way with 18 new routes being launched from London

Four are long-haul: to San Jose, the capital of California’s Silicon Valley; Lima (the first direct service from the UK for more than 30 years); the magnetic leisure destination of Costa Rica; and a resumption of flights to Iran following the moves toward normalisation of international trade. Read more on Tehran here.

Heathrow’s European network is spreading to Palermo, Biarritz, Billund in Denmark, Menorca and the Greek destinations of Chania and Kalamata, and there will be additional summer frequencies to Nice, Athens, Lisbon and Gibraltar.

And UK regional links are being strengthened with the airline’s first Heathrow-Inverness service for 19 years.

Another restoration takes place at Gatwick, with the first flights to New York JFK since 2009. From London City, services will open to Berlin, Hamburg, Bergerac and Alicante.

With 11 A380s now in the fleet, the superjumbo's network is extending to Vancouver. The last of the dozen A380s ordered is scheduled to enter service in June.

British Airways will also establish a presence at London Stansted for the first time. From May 28, the airline will operate to the holiday sunspots of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza, flying 98-seat Embraer 190 jets, which are usually based at London City.