Press Releases - 2017 Archives
Second British Airways Flight to Resume at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
PHOENIX, AZ – After a successful second nonstop flight to London Heathrow Airport for British Airways in May and June, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is pleased to announce that the airline is bringing back the additional service three days a week. Beginning March 27, 2018, British Airways will operate a second flight on Tuesdays and Fridays. On May 6, an additional Sunday flight will begin service. This added service will be available through October.
This added service will increase the number of seats available by 43 percent. The new flight will arrive in Phoenix at 3:00 p.m. and take off at 5:10 p.m. This will give travelers extra options for flying nonstop to London and provide additional, convenient connection times at London Heathrow Airport, so that they may easily reach other cities all over the world.
Airport officials say that this is a reflection of the increased demand, not only by people wanting to come and go between Phoenix and England but between Phoenix and overseas destinations all over the world. This has also been demonstrated by the recent addition of Condor’s nonstop service between Phoenix and Frankfurt, which will begin May 2018.
British Airways marked its 21st anniversary of service in Phoenix in July. The airline will continue to offer its daily nonstop flight arriving in Phoenix at about 5:30 p.m. and departing for London at about 7:40 p.m. Tickets for both flights can be purchased at www.ba.com
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.
Quotes from Phoenix Mayor and City Council
“British Airways connects Phoenix to Europe and adds $100 million to our economy every year. Extending the second flight shows that our market is strong and continues to grow.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
“Airlines are increasingly selective in which markets they choose to operate international air service, and British Airways decision to add a second non-stop flight from Phoenix to London next year illustrates that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Phoenix market provide excellent revenue opportunities for airlines. These investments are critical to our region’s economic vitality as international nonstop flights account for over $3 billion in annual economic impact.”
Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, District 5
Chairman of the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee
“I am delighted with British Airways announcement to add a second non-stop flight beginning in 2018. The current daily non-stop to London is responsible for $2.3 million a day injected into the Greater Phoenix economy and this additional flight is expected to have a significant impact as well.”
Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1
Longtime international air service advocate for Phoenix and Member of the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee
"The announcement by British Airways continues to strengthen Phoenix’s position as a premier global destination. This new flight will not only broaden the gateway for our residents to travel throughout Europe but will also introduce foreign travelers to our great city.”
Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring, District 2
“The announcement of an additional British Airways flight three days a week is great news for our city. It will not only provide more opportunities for business travelers, tourists, and residents to travel overseas, but it will give us the opportunity to bring more visitors to Phoenix and showcase all that we have to offer.”
Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, District 7
Member of the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee
“This exciting news not only means additional accessibility to the UK, but it opens a gateway for Phoenicians to Europe and Asia. This added connectivity is only good news for our residents and business owners.”
Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego, District 8
Represents the district where Sky Harbor is located.