British Airways are to start flying between London Heathrow and Charleston, South Carolina from April 2019. Charming Charleston is located over four hours drive from Atlanta on the Atlantic coast.
This is the first transatlantic route for the airport. British Airways is also starting Pittsburgh the same month, meaning the airline will serve 29 US cities from London.
The new service from London Heathrow to Charleston will be operated by the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the most modern aircraft in the British Airways fleet. Flights will operate twice a week from 4 April 2019 to 24 October 2019.
Operating on Tuesday and Thursday, flights depart London Heathrow at 17:20, landing in the USA at 21:20. Return flights to Europe will leave at 22:50, landing back in the United Kingdom at 11:50. You can see the full press release here.
Passengers wishing to travel straight on to other destinations in Europe should be able to do so. Arriving around midday means there will be access to transfer to other British Airways services.
Visitors Stateside also have access to nearby areas such as Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Hilton Head and Columbia. As a side note, Boeing have an assembly line for Dreamliners in North Charleston too.
Having enjoyed a visit to Savannah, Georgia staying at the Kimpton Brice Hotel, I like that area of the world. Charleston also has beautiful historic buildings and an old-world charm.
Hopefully the new service will be a success for the airline and the city. Economic impact is predicted to be around $20.2 million dollars. If the service is a success, perhaps it will return again the following year.
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Featured image via Charleston International Airport.
Charleston image via British Airways.