New for 2019: Flying Nonstop from Pittsburgh to London

British Airways will provide year round service between Pittsburgh and London's Heathrow Airport beginning in April of next year.

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Since becoming CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority in 2015, one of Christina Cassotis' biggest priorities has been increasing international service to and from Pittsburgh International Airport –– specifically service to London. That goal became reality Wednesday when British Airways announced the beginning of nonstop service between Pittsburgh and London's Heathrow Airport beginning April 2, 2019.

“We are thrilled to have British Airways serving our region nonstop to London once again,” Cassotis said in a press release “Thank you to British Airways for selecting Pittsburgh and recognizing that our region is back. We are looking forward to working together to ensure the flight is a success.”

It has been 19 years since there has been nonstop service between the two cities. Until now, international nonstop travel from Pittsburgh had been limited to Toronto and Montreal, Reykjavik, Paris and Frankfurt.

Service will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays aboard Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, one of the newest aircrafts in the British Airways fleet. The jets carry 214 passengers across three cabins. There is no extra charge for meals, beverages, individual widescreen TV screens with on-demand entertainment and the first checked bag flies free.

What's not free, besides the tickets of course, is the cost of luring British Airways to the 'Burgh. A state economic development fund will pay the airline $1.5 million in incentives for each of the two years covered in the initial agreement, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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