Nashville’s Nonstop Flight to London Returns To The Air
British Airways photo courtesy Nashville International Airport.
A lively celebration was held at Nashville International Airport’s Gate B11 on Thursday to mark the highly-anticipated return of British Airways and its popular nonstop service to London, England.
The service, which originally launched on May 18, 2018, ceased operations on March 17, 2020, due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 virus.
“This is a tremendous milestone on our road to recovering the air service we lost due to the pandemic,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of BNA. “As passenger confidence continues to increase, it was important for us to reinvest in British Airways to regain the nonstop service we previously enjoyed to London, England, and the world. We anticipate that business and leisure travelers from Nashville and Middle Tennessee will once again embrace this opportunity to explore England and all of Europe.”
Marie Hilditch, British Airways’ Head of North America sales, said: “We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our Nashville flights, and we are honored to be playing our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart.
“The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We know some customers won’t have flown for a long time. We can assure them we have a range of Covid-19 preventive measures in place to provide stress and hassle-free travel.”
British Airways will operate Flight 222 three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The aircraft is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with 214 seats (35 business, 25 premium economy, 154 economy). It’s a 4,182-mile flight to London, which takes approximately eight hours from BNA.
BNA Recognized for Pet-Friendly Service
In other airport news, BNA became the first airport in the country to receive Mars Petcare’s new BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Certified Airport designation, an honor earned for its pet and service animal-friendly amenities. A shining star among BNA’s pet facilities is a new open-air dog park. Other relief areas are found curbside (2) and inside in Concourse D. “As travelers seek pet-friendly travel experiences, BNA is thrilled to partner with Mars Petcare and provide these enhancements to earn the first-ever airport certification through the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program,” says Kreulen. “We’re excited to announce the installation of our many pet-friendly amenities, including green spaces and relief and hydration stations, and we’re proud to help pave the way toward more pet-friendly travel in the future.”
Nonstop Spirit to Philly
Spirit Airlines has announced new service from Nashville International Airport® to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The daily service begins May 11, 2022.