CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – British Airways now has nonstop air service from the Lowcountry to the British Isles.
As of Thursday, nonstop direct flights to and from Charleston and London are available. The flights will depart from the Charleston International Airport and land at London’s Heathrow Airport. The first flight is leaving the Charleston International Airport at 11:20 p.m. Thursday night. The first British Airways flight coming to Charleston from London will land around 9:45 p.m. Thursday night.
The twice-weekly flight will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights from Charleston to London will depart at 11:20 pm. and arrive in London at 12:20 p.m. Return flights will leave London at 5:30 p.m. and arrive back in Charleston at 9:30 p.m. The twice-weekly service was announced in October 2018.
Officials estimate the new air service will generate $20.2 million in tourism dollars for Charleston county.
“Years of relationship building and months of preparations led us to this momentous occasion. Loved ones will be able to reconnect more easily while business travelers anticipate higher productivity and new opportunity,” said Paul Campbell, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
British Airways is utilizing a North Charleston built, Boeing Dreamliner 787-800 for the new air service. The aircraft accommodates 214 passengers in the following way:
- 35 seats in Club World/business
- 25 seats in World Traveller plus/premium economy
- 154 seats in World Traveller/economy
Thursday, Charleston International hosted a celebration for the inaugural flight. With live bands, live music, food, a red carpet, and more, many celebrated a long awaited accompllishment.