19 January 2016 by Simon Langley
British Airways has launched a raft of new routes from the UK, including direct flights to Lima, Peru and San Jose, Costa Rica. Many of our a top recommendations for 2016 have become more accessible than ever. Residents in the South-East of England have an unparalleled choice of direct flights to New York, with a new service from Gatwick launching In May 2016, adding to regular services from Heathrow and London City.
Latin America Additions
One of the most notable additions has been the reintroduction of direct flights to Lima. A twice-weekly service will operate from 4 May 2016 from Gatwick during winter, with an additional service being operated throughout the summer months, providing travellers with accessible opportunities to uncover the secrets of the Incas. Direct flights to San Jose, Costa Rica, is also welcome news, cutting down the travel time for hundreds of travellers looking to discover this exceptional country.
From 3rd May 2016, there will be 11 flights a week from London Heathrow to Billund, allowing you to see the very best of Denmark’s rural history. Drive through rolling countryside, stopping off at picturesque towns and villages, imposing castles and Viking ruins as you stay in some of the country’s finest hotels. All accommodation on this tour is part of the Small Danish Hotels group, which comprises hand-picked accommodation of unique character.
As of 30th April 2016, British Airways will open a new route to Palermo, Sicily’s bustling island capital. From the Norman churches of La Martorana and San Giovanni to its Baroque cathedral and world-class art and archaeology museums, the city is a characterful mix of competing tastes and architectural styles. From here, we’d suggest travelling along the coast to the historic towns and crumbling ruins of Agrigento and Cefalu. Be sure to leave a few nights for a stay in Taormina, a coastal town in the shadows of Mount Etna.
British Airways has also opened a regular (three-weekly) service to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city with a small town feel. It’s the perfect jumping off point for the famed Blue Lagoon and whale watching cruises that take in white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and, yes, humpback whales. Discover the gushing geysers of Haukadalur and the crashing torrents of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls.
From 11th February 2016, fly to Porto and its historic centre. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, tumbling terracotta colour roofs provide shade to village-style plazas built over crumbling Roman ruins. From here, head to Portugal’s colourful manor houses and 1,000 year-old Moorish castles before sampling the best of its wine regions. Don’t miss out on the white-domed cathedrals and excellent food of Portugal’s coastal capital, Lisbon.