British Airways expands African network


British Airways has expanded its African network by starting a twice-weekly service to the Seychelles.

The inaugural flight touched down at Mahé International Airport on 25 March and the schedule will see flights departing Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on Wednesdays and Saturdays, returning on Thursdays and Sundays.

BA is the only airline offering a non-stop service from the UK.

The service is year-round and is operated by the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

There is a choice of four cabins: World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (premium economy), Club World (business class) and an eight-suite First cabin.

This is the second time in the past six months the airline has grown its presence in the Indian Ocean Islands.

In October it expanded its three Boeing 777 services from Gatwick to Mauritius to five a week.
Its South African franchise partner, British Airways operated by Comair, also offers a weekly Johannesburg – Mauritius flight.

Elsewhere in Africa, BA has added more seats to Lagos, Nigeria and will add a second A380 to its double-daily Johannesburg service from October.