After years of little or no growth, British Airways will boost domestic services from Heathrow effective this October.
From October 27 there will be three additional weekly flights to Edinburgh, bringing the total to 69.
There will be five more to Glasgow, making 63 in total, and three more to Aberdeen, making 50 in total.
I say “little or no growth” because in recent times most of BA’s domestic growth has been seen at London City. Not forgetting the low-cost carriers who operate from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.
Heathrow’s slot shortage has meant BA has been unable to expand to meet demand. Its Heathrow domestics are operated mainly for the benefit of regional passengers making international connections and the high fares BA charges (for short notice/peak travel) make the point.
The new flights are in addition to the announced service increase to Inverness which becomes twice-daily in October.
For more details regarding the challenges facing UK domestic aviation, see the feature in our February issue (paywall):