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This summer’s short-haul network will be the biggest British Airways has flown for more than a decade. From Heathrow, Gatwick and London City, the airline will fly to a total of 107 cities in the UK and Europe, up from 69 four years ago and a pre-recession high of 99 in 2007.
Among the new routes from Heathrow are Bilbao (starting in March) and Krakow (May). Midsummer will see services to Split, Sardinia, Corfu and Kos.
Gatwick also benefits from a flurry of new leisure destinations: Seville, Las Palmas, Heraklion, Bodrum, Dalaman, Cagliari, Rhodes, Madeira and Sharm El Sheikh.
British Airways’ flights will be operated by the newly reconfigured Airbus A320 and A321 fleets, with leather seats and smarter interiors. The A319 aircraft are undergoing a similar refit, due for completion by June.
At London City, BA’s enlarged Embraer fleet will bring Greece on to its network for the first time with flights to Mykonos and Santorini taking the list of destinations to 29.
Keith Williams, executive chairman, said: “The short-haul market from the UK is extremely competitive, but we believe we’re well placed to provide an attractive proposition for both business and leisure customers, and to take advantage of new opportunities.”