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London Heathrow to Bermuda: British Airways to restart route last flown 31 years ago

The airline will operate daily flights from the British capital to the archipelago from March, the first time it has flown the route since 1989

Travellers can now fly direct from London to Bermuda with British Airways. Unsplash
Travellers can now fly direct from London to Bermuda with British Airways. Unsplash

British Airways is launching flights from London Heathrow to Bermuda for what will be the first time in 32 years.

From next March, the airline will operate a daily service between London Heathrow and L F Wade International Airport in Bermuda.

The non-stop service takes 7 hours and 20 minutes, meaning travellers can leave London just before 3pm and be on the islands by 6.25pm local time.

Flights will be operated on a Boeing 777-200, soon to be fitted with British Airways' new Club Suite.

British Airways will operate daily flights from London Heathrow to Bermuda, the first time the airline has flown the route since 1989.
British Airways will operate daily flights from London Heathrow to Bermuda, the first time the airline has flown the route since 1989. Courtesy British Airways

The launch date is set for March 28, 2021, and return fares will start from £510 ($660).

"We are delighted to launch flights from Heathrow to Bermuda. This is the first time we have flown to Bermuda from London’s biggest airport for over three decades," said Neil Chernoff, BA’s director of network and alliances.

Known for its pink sand beaches and secluded islands, Bermuda has been part of British Airways' network for more than 85 years. Until the Heathrow route reopens next year, travellers seeking Bermuda's idyllic North Atlantic Ocean shorelines can fly there from London Gatwick.

Bermuda is open to travellers

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda. Unsplash
Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda. Unsplash

Bermuda reopened to visitors in July. A number of precautionary measures are in place to try to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on the islands.

These include obtaining a negative Covid-19 test certificate before flying, completing a travel authorisation form and paying a $75 fee to cover the cost of Covid-19 testing in Bermuda.

Upon landing at L F Wade International Airport, all travellers will be tested for Covid-19. Visitors must then quarantine until results are ready, typically in about 24 hours. Travellers must also have valid health insurance to cover treatment after a Covid-19 diagnosis in Bermuda.

Additional Covid-19 tests are to be carried out on days four, eight and 14 of trips, at an approved testing centre in Bermuda. These are automatically booked for travellers. People must also wear masks in public spaces and adhere to physical-distancing guidelines, as well as take their temperature twice a day and record it on the official Bermuda Covid-19 app.

New flights to Pakistan, the Maldives and Barbados

British Airways will launch flights from London Heathrow to Barbados in October. Unsplash
British Airways will launch flights from London Heathrow to Barbados in October. Unsplash

In addition to Bermuda, British Airways is also planning three new routes from London Heathrow. Flights to Lahore in Pakistan will start on Monday, October 12, while services to the Maldives and Barbados will begin on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, respectively.

The airline has increased its long-haul network by recently resuming services to several destinations. Flights are now operating to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Bahrain from London, and services to Grenada and the Seychelles are planned to commence later this month.

Updated: October 4, 2020 05:25 PM

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