British Airways plans to operate 52 long-haul routes alongside its short-haul network in November as new boss Sean Doyle repeated a plea for reliable testing before flying.

The new schedule comes as the carrier continues to adapt to changing restrictions around the globe as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Services will be maintained to US gateways including New York JFK, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco, with Newark added to the schedule on November 1.


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Flights to the Caribbean continue to destinations including Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia.

Flights will also operate to points across Africa, the Middle East and Asia such as Dubai, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Services to Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia, and Santiago, Chile, are set to return on November 2 and 7 respectively.

BA will continue to serve domestic destinations including Manchester, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Newquay from its Heathrow base.

European cities such as Paris, Munich, Geneva and Amsterdam will be connected to Heathrow with frequent flights in addition to links to beach destinations such as Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

Chief executive Doyle said: “We believe the best way to get people flying again is to introduce reliable and affordable testing before flying.

“When this happens and demand returns, we stand ready to reintroduce even more destinations to our network, and carry on connecting even more families, friends and businesses.”

He added: “The risk of contracting Covid-19 during a flight is incredibly low. Iata, the global aviation industry body, suggests that since the start of 2020 there have been as few as 44 cases of Covid-19 linked to flights.

“Over the same period some 1.2 billion passengers have travelled. This figure amounts to one case for every 27 million travellers.

“We continue to connect Britain with a substantial number of destinations across the globe and customers tell us they are reassured by the safety measures we’ve put in place, including personal protection packs, screens, sanitiser stations, adapted meal services and customers and colleagues in masks.”

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