British Airways Increases Flights to Tampa

By British Airways, PRNE
Thursday, March 31, 2011

CRAWLEY, England, April 1, 2011 - British Airways has opened up its Gatwick gateway with a growing route
network that has firmly established it as the airport's leading long haul

The latest addition is the increased frequency of flights to Tampa
( in
Florida. A daily flight will now operate rather than 5 times weekly, allowing
customers more choice when it comes to their family holidays in Florida

Tampa is the perfect gateway to holidays in Clearwater, St Petersburg and
Sarasota, as well as a host of other holiday hotspots on the Gulf coast.
Tampa airport has recently being voted the third best airport in the USA by
readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine and with its small size and quick
transition it makes an ideal entry point in to the US. British Airways is the
only international carrier to fly to Tampa which reduces immigration queues
significantly for UK visitors.

Tampa is also a leisure destination in its own right and has a distinct
Caribbean influence due to the large influx of immigrants over the years. The
cities multicultural heritage can be found in Ybor City, home of the Tampa
Latin Quarter and the centre of the Cuban cigar boom in the early 20th

Tampa also provides an easy gateway to Orlando with Tampa airport a great
alternative to the much busier Orlando International. Orlando is less than an
hour and a half drive from Tampa airport and quicker airport transition
offers a stress-free start for family holidays in Orlando. British Airways
offers a great variety of hotels in Orlando ( suitable
for all ranges of budgets and tastes.

Florida offers some incredible scenery and attractions, and is ideal for
car rental holidays. Explore beaches, theme parks and natural surroundings
all easily accessible with car rental. British Airways works in partnership
with Avis to provide quality reliable car hire in Florida (

In addition to increasing its flights from Gatwick to Tampa, British
Airways has enhanced its Gatwick presence further during the last few months.
The airline has launched flights to Cancun in addition to the routes it added
in 2009 - like Male, in the Maldives, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic
and Montego Bay in Jamaica. British Airways now operates a total of 47
flights out of London Gatwick, 33 domestic and European destinations plus 14
long haul destinations. In November this year, the airline is planning to
move its flights to Mauritius from Heathrow to Gatwick.

The airport experience is further enhanced as British Airways' customers
will benefit from the GBP900 million investment by Gatwick Airport to upgrade
and modernise the North and South Terminals.

About British Airways:

British Airways offers a wide range of holiday experiences around the
world to complement its flight network - with city breaks, Phoenix holidays
hotels from value two star hotels through to luxury five star resorts, Avis
car hire and as well as a wide range of experiences in-resort from city tours
through to transfers. Customers can save time and money with when
booking ATOL protected holiday packages utilising flight+hotel or flight+car
(ATOL number is 5985). Passengers are offered added peace of mind to their
holiday plans and the security of travelling with British Airways. British
Airways plc constantly seeks to exceed customers' expectations, both in terms
of the value for money and quality of the service provided.

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information please contact:

    Katja Cooper
    Astral Towers
    Betts Way
    London Road
    RH10 9XA

For further British Airways / British Airways Holidays Ltd media information please contact: Katja Cooper, Astral Towers, Betts Way, London Road, Crawley, RH10 9XA, +44(0)1293-722513

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