British Airways has announced two return flights a week between London Gatwick and Arrecife, starting in May 2013. It will mark the airline’s first return to offering Lanzarote flights since selling its then subsidiary, GB Airways, to Easyjet more than five years ago.
The flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays from Gatwick, with the return flight from Arrecife later the same day. Tickets are already on sale via www.ba.com, and outbound flights from the UK could be booked for as low as £56 at the time of writing this article. There also seems to be Business Class option for around £500 return.
Meanwhile, Ryanair is stepping up its flights to Lanzarote as well, with a new route just announced from Manchester. again starting the summer of 2013. This is despite recent spats between the airline and Canarian airports over landing costs, and their threat to cut down on flights to the Canaries. On the other hand, Ryanair have a strategy to expand their routes out of the North West, in competition with other budget airlines like Jet2, as well as package holiday operators like Thomas Cook and Thomson, and Monarch.
Ryanair recently announced further growth in sales and profits for the half year to the end of September, with revenues up 15% and profits up 10% to 596 million euros for the 6 month period. In a typically upbeat statement, Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said that Ryanair was “benefiting from austerity across Europe”, as the airline has become the 7th largest airline globally.
Sounds like British Airways will need to continue to keep their prices down to compete with on Ryanair on flights to Lanzarote, for some time – though the Business Class option on BA is unique on this route, and will be of interest to some travellers.