NEWS: New BA routes, Italy to reopen and could Australia be shut until mid-late 2022?


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New BA routes

To use up the capacity lost by business travel, BA has announced some extra flights and routes from regional airports to holiday destinations. British Airways CityFlyer will operate flights between Edinburgh and Faro on Saturdays and Sundays between 29 May 2021 and 20 June on Embraer 190 aircraft.

BA E190 Club Europe

Row 1 of the E190 (Club Europe)

British Airways will also offer a weekly from Manchester to Faro using A319 from 29th May on Saturdays:

  • MAN 1135 FAO 1440
  • FAO 1525 MAN 1835 

The British Airways CityFlyer London City to Gibraltar has been brought forward to start on 11 June 2021 using E190 aircraft

  • BA3289 LCY 1315-1710 GIB (Mon & Fri)
  • BA3290 GIB 1755-1950 LCY (Mon & Fri)
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E190 aircraft taking off from London City

This is great news for those whose local airport it is. Except if you live in Scotland. Currently, any international arrivals into Scotland have to hotel quarantine and there seems to be little appetite to change this anytime soon. If you fly indirectly via another UK airport you don’t need to quarantine.

It’s worth considering whether or not to buy Club if you usually fly it. On the E190 there is no middle seat, so the only advantage is the food and drink. In my opinion not worth the extra unless you want the tier points or the front row. There is also no lounge at London City. 

You can check prices and book here.

HT: Sean M1997


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Could Australia be shut until mid-late 2022?

Uluru/Ayers Rock, NT, Australia

Uluru/Ayers Rock, NT, Australia

It had been anticipated that Australia was likely to start reopening the border by October 2o21, although probably in a very cautious way. Now it has been suggested that they may not fully open until late 2022. 

“We won’t be seeing borders flung open at the start of next year with great ease,” the Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told The Australian saying “uncertainties that exist not just in the speed of the vaccine rollout but also the extent of its effectiveness to different variants of Covid, the duration of its longevity and effectiveness.”

Then when asked in a Sky News interview when borders might open, Trade Minister Dan Tehan said “the best guess would be in the middle to the second half of next year, but as we’ve seen throughout this pandemic things can change.”

However, technically the border is not completely closed as there is travel between New Zealand and most Australian states. The Trade Minister did go on to say that he hoped that more bubbles could be formed like that.  Singapore, Japan, and Vietnam are tipped to be next, but I think given the vast amount of family connections with the UK and the success of the vaccine here, we may still be in with a chance of a corridor before Christmas. 


5 Comments on "NEWS: New BA routes, Italy to reopen and could Australia be shut until mid-late 2022?"

  1. I am full of admiration for everyone behind the vaccination programmes in the UK and other parts of the world, but, in my humble opinion, I think many countries – especially those with low community transmission rates like Australia & New Zealand – will be reluctant to open their borders until 70-80% of their own population are fully vaccinated too.

  2. Philip Elliott | 8 May 2021 at 7:27 am |

    Hello from Adelaide, Australia. It would be a wonderful dream come true to open a bubble with the UK. At this end, we appear to like the government to government travel bubble model down here. The idea being you board a green flight direct to destination with no testing, no quarantine. The flight leaves from a green sector of the airport. So it is almost like normal for the passenger.That would be the direct Perth to Heathrow flight only. Auckland to Perth is already possible.The reason why this travel bubble model is popular with us is that you don’t need to have lots of forms. But it takes a lot of government to government cooperation when community cases appear, as flights get cancelled for a few days. Keep in mind, both Australia and New Zealand have strong expectations of no community spread of infection. UK tends to follow a model of putting all responsibility on the traveller to get tested in time. And international departures can be from anywhere in the airport, so all sort of people can mix and mingle.So some sort of arrangement to suit everybody would need to be sorted out.

  3. I wonder if this closed border will include transit pax by Xmas?… Entire Xmas/new year 2020/21 was obvs cancelled and is now rebooked for 21/22 but my route transits through SYD/MEL 🤨

  4. I have a Nov-Feb 3 month Asia Pacific trip booked, grabbing F seats on Amex BA companion vouchers when F was wide open. Talking to friends in SYD last night, they’re expecting “not before” 2022. They also cautioned Asia as infections are popping up all over the place, which we don’t seem to hear too much about over here. What’s clear to me is that I have no intention of paying for test after test as I travel in and out of different countries as I always do. The inconvenience and the cost would not work for me.
    On the Cityfler flights to FAO, I would certainly pay for J to get the Tier points. Unfortunately they dropped BHX AGP which was on the 140 points lever and the food and service were excellent.

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