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British Airways International

British Airways, or BA, is one of the world's largest international airlines, carrying over 36 million passengers worldwide. It is also one of the oldest, most recognisable and reliable airlines, and has been regarded as a leader in safety, comfort, quality and affordability. The airline also boasts the largest fleet of aircraft of any other British airlines. Its main hubs are London Heathrow, the largest international airport in the world, and London Gatwick. 


British Airways has announced that they will be cancelling two weekly flights between Cape Town International and London Heathrow for the duration of the South African winter season. The flights will be cancelled on the 27th of March 2016. Flight BA045 which flies on Thursdays and Saturdays and flight BA044 which flies on Fridays and Saturdays will be cancelled. These flights will more than likely be reintroduced at the start of the 2016/2017 summer season.

On 26 March 2015 British Airways made changes to seat selection on hand luggage only fares. For bookings made on or after this date, British Airways will allocate you a seat when you check-in. If you would like to change your allocated seat, you will be able to do so for a particular fee. Please note that for hand luggage only bookings made on or before March 26, 2015, free seat selection at check-in will still be available. Find out more about these changes: here.


Checking In

Travellers are required to check-in 45 minutes before departure. Online check-in closes one hour before departure. "Fast bag drop" machines are available to drop off any hold luggage if you've check-in online.

Carry-On Baggage

One item of luggage per passenger is permitted, with maximum dimensions of 22 x 18 x 10in. Additional to that, one personal item is permitted. Any items over the free allowance will be charged for excess luggage..

Seating Options

Seats can be reserved online when you make your reservation or when you check in. The legroom is 31 inches.


Being the largest scheduled airline in the UK, BA flies to over 550 destinations, including more than 130 countries worldwide. These destinations include major European centres like Paris and Frankfurt, and Asian hubs like Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. All local flights are run and operated by Comair.

Facts about British Airways

  • Allows travelling with pets. Pets travelling with passengers must be checked in at the ticket counter.
  • British Airways offers in-flight service like snacks and beverages for purchase and complimentary meals.
  • British Airways operates one of the largest and the most modern airline fleets in the world.
  • One piece checked baggage and one carry-on item is allowed free of charge
  • Extra seats can be booked for special baggage
  • British Airways recently launched a new online tool entitled 'My Flightpath’, which provides passengers with their own personal travelogue. If you happen to a British Airways Executive Club member, log on to the tool to view a timeline of all the flight you have taken since you joined the club. This, and much more.

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