Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume on October 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
After a 17-month hiatus, British Airways flights from Austin to London-Heathrow will resume on October 13. Flights are the first direct routes from Austin to Europe to resume since the pandemic forced many airlines to cut international offers.
According to a press release from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, British Airways, which began operating in Austin in 2014, will offer flights on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
âFlight BA190 will depart Austin at 8:05 pm and arrive in London at 10:10 am the next morning. BA191 departs at 12:10 p.m. and arrives in Austin at 4:45 p.m. All times are local, âthe press release said.
In 2019, 187,953 passengers traveled the British Airways route, said Bryce Dubee, senior public information specialist at the airport.
In an effort to provide a safe environment for COVID-19, the airline will include hand sanitizing stations on the flight and use filters that recycle the air every two to three minutes. Federal regulations in the United States require passengers to wear a mask in the airport terminal and on flights.
According to advice from the UK Department for Transport and the Department for Health and Social Affairs, from October 4, vaccinated travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 test within two days of arriving in the country. Rules for unvaccinated travelers are stricter, requiring a COVID-19 test three days before departure, two COVID-19 tests two and eight days after arrival in England and 10 days of quarantine in England.
Passengers returning from international travel to the United States must test negative for COVID-19 within three days of departure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. website.
According to the press release, British Airways will send passengers travel instructions before their flight.
In addition to British Airways flights, KLM plans to resume Austin-Amsterdam service on March 28, Dubee said.