BRITISH AIRWAYS FLORIDA SERVICES RE-ORGANIZED
BRITISH AIRWAYS FLORIDA SERVICES RE-ORGANIZED MIAMI, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- British Airways (NYSE: BAB) will
reorganize its network of services linking Florida with Britain, under a plan which gives a major boost to frequency and capacity.
It will, however, involve the suspension, after May 5, of uneconomic services between Tampa and London, currently served by DC-10 flights via Bermuda. The plan centers on consolidating and expanding Florida services at the two key gateways of Miami and Orlando, with an all Boeing 747 operation. With the start of summer schedules at the end of March, British Airways will introduce a second daily flight between Miami and London Heathrow, boosting the number of weekly seats available to more than 10,400. In addition, British Airways will add a fourth weekly service between Orlando and London Gatwick. The changes give Florida a 30 percent overall increase in frequency and a 60 percent boost in capacity. British Airways will provide a total of 18 Boeing 747 flights weekly between Florida and Britain, with an extensive range of links to Continental Europe and other parts of the United Kingdom at the Heathrow and Gatwick hubs. Services between Tampa and London, started in the mid-1980s, have been uneconomic for some time, as market demand, in both directions, has progressively concentrated on the growing Miami and Orlando gateways. John Story, British Airways executive vice president, USA, said: "We are delighted to give additional commitment and place more investment in the Florida market, through a significant boost to our Miami and Orlando services. "It is regrettable that this development has necessarily to be balanced by withdrawing from Tampa as a scheduled trans-Atlantic gateway. "Future traffic forecasts for Tampa are not encouraging. However, we will do everything we can to help the residents of the Tampa area and Florida Gulf coast cities connect with our increased services from Miami and Orlando. "It has been a difficult decision to make, especially in light of the tremendous encouragement we have received over the years from the civic leaders, aviation authorities and business community of Tampa. "We shall retain a sales manager in Tampa to serve our customers in the important Gulf coast cities of Florida." Story said that Bermuda would continue to be served with a twice- weekly DC-10 service to London Gatwick, following the termination of Tampa flights in May. -0- 1/21/92 /CONTACT: John Lampl, 718-397-4729, or Dana Clay, 305-261-6222, of British Airways/ (BAB) CO: British Airways ST: Florida IN: AIR SU: FC -- NY123 -- 2073 01/21/92 16:50 EST
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