British Airways to resume service from Austin to London in October

Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

After a 17-month pause, British Airways flights from Austin to London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13. The flights are the first direct routes from Austin to Europe to resume since the pandemic forced many airlines to scale back their international offerings.

According to a press release from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, British Airways, which began operating in Austin in 2014, will offer flights Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

“Flight number BA190 will depart Austin at 8:05 p.m. and arrive in London at 10:10 a.m. the following morning. BA191 departs at 12:10 p.m. arriving in Austin at 4:45 p.m. All times are local,” the press release reads.

In 2019, 187,953 passengers flew the British Airways route, said Bryce Dubee, a senior public information specialist with the airport.

In an effort to provide a COVID-19-safe environment, the airline will include hand sanitizing stations on the flight and use filters that recycle the air every two to three minutes. United States federal regulations require that passengers wear a mask in the airport terminal and on board flights.


According to guidance from the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport and Department of Health and Social Care, beginning Oct. 4 vaccinated travelers will need to take a COVID-19 test within two days of arriving in the country. Rules for nonvaccinated travelers are more stringent, requiring a COVID-19 test three days prior to departure, two COVID-19 tests at two and eight days after arriving in England and 10 days of quarantining in England.

Passengers returning from international travel to the United States are required to show a negative COVID-19 test from within three days prior to departure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

According to the press release, British Airways will send passengers travel instructions prior to their flight.

In addition to the British Airways flights, KLM plans to resume Austin to Amsterdam service March 28, Dubee said.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.



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