Stansted flyers offered new holiday routes
12 February 2016 08:03
Holidaymakers travelling with British Airways (BA) will be able to fly out from London Stansted Airport's terminals this spring.
This adds to the carrier's existing capital-based stable of Gatwick, Heathrow and London City Airport.
May 28 is the official launch date for tourists to fly out from the Essex airport to four warm-weather destinations each Saturday.
Tickets begin at just under £50 each way for passengers using only hand baggage who make a return journey. BA CityFlyer, a BA subsidiary, will run the new routes.
Stansted said it now boasts trips to the most European holiday hotspots - 170 - among British airports.
Manchester Airport Group bought Stansted three years ago. It is calling on ministers to improve rail links to Stansted to take advantage of the airport's spare capacity before future expansion elsewhere is completed.
So which new places can BA passengers visit?
- Palma: Tourists can explore this old city or just enjoy the Majorcan coastline.
- Malaga: One of the world's oldest cities awaits BA passengers flying to this Spanish hotspot. The new Picasso Museum is a treat for culture vultures.
- Faro: This Algarve attraction is home to a famous motorcycle rally in July.
- Ibiza: BA customers exploring this Balearic island party capital will find that it has a gentler side. The old city of Ibiza Town is a treasure trove of ancient architectural delights waiting to be explored.
A travelling constant
Routes abroad may come and go, but one holiday constant is travel insurance.
Passengers taking out cover need not worry about those unexpected surprises which can haunt foreign breaks.
That is because travel insurance covers customers against lost luggage, delayed flights and other potential problems.
BA general manager Luke Hayhoe called the Stansted venture a "fantastic" chance for the carrier to grow its network in the capital.
The new flights give BA passengers even greater choice this summer, he added.
Andrew Harrison, managing director for Stansted, has also welcomed BA to the travel hub.