British Airways has announced plans to fly from London Heathrow to two islands in the Azores, Portugal next summer.

The airline will fly to Sao Miguel and Terceira once a week (on Saturdays and Sundays respectively), with flights operated by A320 aircraft fitted with 180 seats.

Flights to Sao Miguel will launch on July 2 and run until September 3, while services to Terceira will run from July 10 until August 28.

Fares for return flights will start from £79 in economy and £208 in business class.

The archipelago is made up of nine islands – Terceira is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site Angra do Heroismo while Sao Miguel is regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.

Customers travelling in the economy cabin will be able to pre-purchase items from the Speedbird Café ahead of travelling, which will include a range from renowned chef Tom Kerridge, or can order additional snacks and drinks on board the flight via their mobile device.

Those travelling in business class will have access to priority check in, lounges and complimentary dining including items from the airline’s new Best of British menus.

British Airways launches ‘Best of British Menus’

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said:

“After a difficult 18 months, it’s fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow. These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers.”