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Published on Thursday, October 7, 2021

British Airways restarting flights to former red list destinations






British Airways has moved quickly to reactivate flights following the removal of countries from the UK Government's red list.


BA is set to ramp up services to popular winter sun destination South Africa, with daily services to Johannesburg expected by mid-December.


The airline will also restart services to Cape Town, offering three flights a week in November, before moving to a double daily service in December.


The airline's services to Mexico City will also be increasing to five services a week from November 6, and Cancun flights will resume from October 22, operating daily.


Elsewhere, popular South American destinations Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires are set to return in time for Christmas.


British Airways Holidays is offering up to £300 off holiday packages to some of these destinations, including Mexico and South Africa.


Sean Doyle, British Airways' Chairman and CEO, said: "It finally feels like we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel. Britain will benefit from this significant reduction in red list countries, and now it's time to turn our attention to eradicating testing for fully vaccinated travellers."


"Once we have a firm date for the reopening of US borders in November, we look forward to reconnecting our two countries, reigniting transatlantic businesses and reuniting families who have been separated for the best part of two years."


British Airways said it is planning to operate its biggest schedule since March 2020.


Despite no firm date from government on US borders reopening, the airline is planning to increase flights to the US from early November and will even be bringing back the A380 to operate some of these services.

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