NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – British Airways announced on Thursday plans to launch twice-a-week flights between Charleston and London, making it the first transatlantic route for Charleston International Airport.
Beginning in the spring, travelers will be able to fly to London on the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on Thursdays and Sundays.
Flights will leave from Charleston at 10:50 p.m. and arrive in London the next morning at 11:50 a.m. Returning flights will depart London at 5:20 p.m. and arrive in Charleston at 9:20 p.m.
“I am really delighted that British Airways will be offering this special service between Charleston and London. Both cities have rich histories and great culture and we look forward to welcoming customers onboard soon,” said Simon Brooks, British Airways’ Senior Vice President for North America.
“We are ushering in a new day for this region and our State as we launch this flight to a premier European destination,” said Paul Campbell, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
“London’s Heathrow Airport is considered a gateway. British Airways offers service from Heathrow to over 130 destinations in Europe, Asia and beyond,” continued Campbell. “We are excited to open the world to Charleston.”
In a press release, leaders said the announcement is the result of years of intentional planning, relationship development and negotiation for local and State leaders.
“Overseas traveler preference for the South Carolina experience has been growing for many years, and this new nonstop service will help meet that demand,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “In addition to Charleston, the new direct service will also increase overseas visitation to surrounding areas such as Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Columbia.”
Charleston International Airport – the state’s largest airport – is on a record-setting pace to exceed the four million passenger mark by the end of this year. Through September, over 3.3 million travelers have passed through the airport’s gates, up 12% from the same period in 2017.
These flights are projected to generate an estimated economic impact of $20.2 million annually through new spending, job creation and other associated activity.
Tickets for the flight go on sale October 19, 2018, and can be purchased at www.ba.com.