British Airways Boeing 787-9 arrives at London Heathrow on 30 September 2015


Following the welcome news that a significant number of countries have been removed from the UK Government’s red list, British Airways is resuming services and increasing frequencies to a number of destinations.

British Airways is set to ramp up services to popular winter sun destination South Africa, with daily services to Johannesburg expected by mid-December. The airline will also restart services to Cape Town, offering three flights a week in November, before moving to a double daily service in December. 

The airline’s services to Mexico City will also be increasing to five services a week from November 6, and Cancun flights will resume from October 22 and operate daily.

Elsewhere popular South American destinations Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires are set to return in time for Christmas.

British Airways Holidays is now offering up to £300 off holiday packages to some of these destinations, including Mexico and South Africa. Packages currently available include:

All-inclusive Cancun: British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Allegro Playacar from £794pp, travelling on selected dates between 1 November – 30 November 2021 inclusive.

Includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from London Gatwick Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation on all-inclusive board basis. For reservations visit

Cape Town:

British Airways Holidays offers seven nights, at the 3* Holiday Inn Express Cape

Town City Centre, from £789pp, travelling on selected dates between 1 November – 30 November 2021 inclusive. Includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from London

Heathrow Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation with breakfast. For reservations visit

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “It finally feels like we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel. Britain will benefit from this significant reduction in red list countries, and now it’s time to turn our attention to eradicating testing for fully vaccinated travellers to ensure we don’t lose our place on the global stage. 

Once we have a firm date for the reopening of US borders in November, we look forward to

reconnecting our two countries, reigniting transatlantic businesses and reuniting families who have been separated for the best part of two years. We are ready, and we look forward to operating our first flights and welcoming back our customers.”

The news of frequency increases and additions to its flight schedule follows an announcement from British Airways that it is planning on operating its biggest schedule since March 2020. Despite no firm date from the government on US borders reopening, the airline is planning to increase flights to the US from early November and will even be bringing back its much-loved A380 to operate some of these services. Customers booking with British Airways can do so with absolute confidence, thanks to the airline’s flexible booking policy. Customers are able to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee if their plans change. British Airways Holidays’ customers also have access to a range of additional flexible booking options, as part of the company’s Customer Promise, including securing a holiday with a deposit from just £60 per person and lounge access for those spending over £1,500 per person.

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