In the latest sign of Austin’s growth, the city is getting its first nonstop flight to Europe — a milestone city officials say is a nod to the region’s increasing importance as a tourism and business hub.
British Airways said Tuesday that starting in March, it will fly nonstop between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London’s Heathrow airport. The route will be the Austin airport’s first international destination other than Mexico. British Airways said it will fly the 787 Dreamliner on the route. The Dreamliner, with its focus on fuel efficiency, helped make the route possible, officials said.
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By the numbers
$1,694.18 – listed Austin-to-London direct flight fare Tuesday on British Airways website
$972 – listed fare Tuesday for American Airlines Austin-to-London route, with a connecting flight through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
$1,253 — listed fare Tuesday for British Airways’ Dallas-to-London direct flight
$1,125 — listed fare Tuesday for British Airways’ Houston-to-London direct flight
9:25 — projected flight time for British Airways’ Dallas-to-London direct flight
9:35 — projected flight time for British Airways’ Houston-to-London direct flight
10:20 — projected flight time for Austin-to-London direct flight
263,601 – passengers flying annually to and from London via British Airways through Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Sources: British Airways, American Airlines, Google Flights, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Travelmath.com