February 23 2013

British Airways have announced that from 31st March their service between Heathrow & Shanghai will increase from 6 to 7 flights a week. The announcement re-enforces the airline’s stated commitment to increasing flights between the UK and mainland China and comes before the September launch of their brand new service between Heathrow & Chengdu. Both routes will be served by Boeing 777s with 4 class cabins.

Earlier this month, the airline’s oneworld partner Cathay Pacific announced that they would be launching a 5th daily service between Hong Kong & Heathrow; British Airways currently has a double daily service on the route although it has been rumoured that Hong Kong will be British Airways launch route for the A380 when it arrives this summer.

Having long promoted itself as the ultimate full-service airline, British Airways has seemingly decided that if you can’t beat them, join them; for short-haul flights from Gatwick the airline is introducing charges ranging from £9 to £15 per checked-in bag, depending on the exact route. To begin with the airline will be trialing the system on a select number of routes although it is expected that the new policy will soon be applied to all short-haul flights from Gatwick. This new policy will not apply to long haul flights nor any any routes out of Heathrow and the weight limit per item of luggage will remain at 23kgs.


The change comes as British Airways struggles to compete with Easyjet, now the largest airline at Gatwick. On many routes British Airways has simply decided not to try and compete at all and pulled out of routes on which the low cost carrier operates.