British Airways will offer more flights to Scotland as part of a new winter schedule announced following the acquisition of bmi by its parent IAG.
From October 28, it will add two extra flights a day between Heathrow and Edinburgh and Heathrow and Aberdeen. It will also start a three-per-day service between London City and Aberdeen on September 24.
Also announced today is a new four flights per day service between Heathrow and Leeds Bradford, launching on December 9.
The airline has already taken over bmi's six daily flights to Belfast and will be launching a new timetable of seven flights a day between London and the Northern Irish capital on October 28.
A new London City to Isle of Man route has also recently launched.
At the time of EU approval for the bmi deal, IAG committed to launching new flights to important trading nations. It has already announced it will begin flying six times a week to Seoul in South Korea from December 2 and a new thrice weekly service from Gatwick to Las Vegas starts on October 29. On December 9, the airline will add new daily flights from Heathrow to Zagreb in Croatia.
From September 17 there will be six flights a week from London City to Venice and from February 23 next year, three flights a day from Gatwick to Barcelona.
There will be an increase in frequencies in winter 2012 from Heathrow to Manchester, Oslo, Zurich and Phoenix. Flights to Bologna will be consolidated at Heathrow, with an increase in frequency on the existing Heathrow service from seven per week to 21 per week.
At Gatwick, services will increase to Faro and Marrakech from October 28, and extra services will be added to Salzburg and Turin for the winter ski season. Flights to Marseille will move from Gatwick to Heathrow.
Due to the volume of changes, flights will go on sale in stages over the next few days and further route announcements will be made next month.
BA chief executive Keith Williams said: "bmi's integration into British Airways is really enabling us to grow our network as we promised, giving customers more flights to destinations we know they want to fly to.
"We're focusing on new routes such as Seoul, Leeds Bradford and Zagreb, more flights to popular destinations and creating more connections for the UK regions to our global network of flying."
By Linsey McNeill
Wednesday, June 27, 2012