The return flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays will depart Entebbe at 01:00 hrs and arrive at Terminal 5 at 07:50 hrs, which will give customers a full day in London or plenty of time to make connections to other onwards flights to Europe and beyond.
The schedule will be amended to offer better connections to other international services through Terminal 5.
In a related development is the airline meanwhile growing its African frequencies, improving connectivity through London Heathrow and introducing its latest products.
In West Africa it will increase its daily services to Ghana by three a week from 27 October using Boeing B767’s to complement the existing Boeing B777 flights, bringing the total number of weekly services up to 10. From summer 2014, a larger four-cabin Boeing B747-400 aircraft will replace one of the current Boeing B777’s currently on the route. It will also add a fourth weekly service to Sierra Leone and Liberia. North African services have been bolstered by a fourth weekly flight to Tripoli.
South African customers are already able to make bookings for the Airbus A380, the airline’s largest and most modern aircraft, which begins flying to Johannesburg on 12 February. This will be British Airways’ third A380 route after Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
Services to Cape Town will double from the current daily service to a double-daily operation over the busy South African summer season. British Airways is the only airline which flies directly from Cape Town to London year round.
The airline is reportedly also investing in its lounges and by the end of the year the Cape Town and Johannesburg facilities will be upgraded to reflect the customer experience at in the Terraces lounges in the award-winning Terminal 5.
Ian Petrie, the airline’s Regional Manager Africa and former country manager in Uganda and Kenya, added his voice when he said: ‘We continue to consider the continent as an important growth market and the acquisition of bmi, our fleet renewal programme and Terminal 5 have enabled us to grow frequencies, introduce new products and provide more convenient connections for our African customers’.
No information could be obtained if British Airways is considering a return to Dar es Salaam from where it pulled out some time ago inspite of high passenger loads on their flights from London, leaving Tanzanians with no nonstop connection to the United Kingdom at all. Additionally it is understood that services to Lusaka and Tunis will also be discontinued.