British Airways will restart flights between London Heathrow and San Diego on October 13, following a hiatus of over 18 months.

The route was suspended in March 2020 following the onset of Covid-19, but will now resume as a three-times-weekly service departing Heathrow at 1345 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving into San Diego at 1645, before returning at 1900 and landing back into London at 1325 the following day.

San Diego International airport said that BA would be the first carrier to resume nonstop service between Europe and the Californian city since the start of the pandemic.

Last month BA resumed flights between Heathrow and Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, and the carrier recently added frequencies from New York JFK, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle to London, following the decision by the UK government to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers arriving from the EU and US.

British Airways to resume Heathrow-Phoenix route

Commenting on the news Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO said that London was the largest demand market between San Diego and Europe “due to the robust business relationships between the two cities”.

Meanwhile San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria commented:

“I’m proud to welcome British Airways back to San Diego and re-establish our direct connection with London.

“This exciting news comes after receiving approval from the Coastal Commission for the New Terminal 1 project and is critical to solidifying our global identity as an international destination and being able to welcome even more travellers from around the world.

“San Diego is a world-class city with world-class people, and we look forward to the interconnectedness this will bring back to our region as we navigate economic recovery.”,