Starting in March 2014, British Airways will begin offering direct flights from Austin to London. Not only will this provide Austin residents with a convenient way to visit Europe, but the new route will also have a significant economic impact on the Capital City. This partially due to the fact that the new flight route will make it easier for Austin companies to expand to Europe.
The new Austin to London route will become the first transatlantic flight available from Austin. During the first year alone, the change is expected to add $70 million to the city's economy.
The new flight plan is tied into the proposed expansion to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, which is expected to add six or seven additional gates to the airport. According to British Airways representatives, the company was drawn to Austin due to the city's strong international reputation. The new Formula 1 and MotoGP racing events being hosted by Austin further helped encourage the company to expand its offerings in the city.
As the new flight plan is introduced to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, flights will be available five times per week. Daily flights will become available by May 5. The brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used for the flights between Austin and London.