British Airways has announced plans to launch flights between Heathrow and Charleston International airport.
The twice weekly service will initially operate between April 4 and October 24, 2019, using a B787-8 Dreamliner.
Flights will depart Heathrow on Thursdays and Sundays at 1720, arriving into Charleston at 2120, with the return leg leaving the US city at 2250, landing back into London at 1150 the following day.
Fares start from £600 in World Traveller, £928 in World Traveller Plus and £1,920 in Club World, and will be available to book at ba.com from tomorrow (October 19).
Charleston International airport (which currently only operates US domestic services) is home to the Boeing South Carolina final assembly site where the B787-10 Dreamliner is being built, and Volvo’s first US factory is also located in the city.
Currently international travellers looking to reach Charleston must fly into Atlanta, which is over four hours’ drive away.
Last week Business Traveller reported that Charleston International plans to open a new Club CHS airport lounge next year, more details of which can also be seen on the airport’s website.
Commenting on the news Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said:
“You can’t help but get sucked in to the old-world charm of Charleston; its cobblestone streets, colourful houses and historical buildings make it a unique city.
“Recently we launched flights to Nashville and New Orleans and earlier this year announced a new route to Pittsburgh. Travelling to the states is as popular as ever, so we’re really pleased to be adding this charming city to our extensive global network and giving customers even more choice of holiday destinations.”
The new route means BA will offer 29 US destinations from London next summer, with over 73 daily flights between London and the US served by the carrier and its transatlantic joint venture partner American Airlines.