BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) says it will begin flying from Stansted Airport, establishing a presence at London's third airport for the first time and bringing it into direct competition with budget carrier Ryanair on leisure routes.
Starting in May, BA will fly to Faro in Portugal, Ibiza, Malaga, and Majorca from £49 one way.
The full-service operator, which provides complimentary refreshments on flights, will compete directly on those routes with no-frills Ryanair, whose cheapest flights in May cost approximately £25 one way.
BA's move into secondary airport Stansted enters traditional budget carrier territory, a change from a wider trend of low cost airlines increasingly flying from a city's main airport and stealing market share from full-service airlines.
Stansted, 35 miles north of London, will become BA's fourth airport in the south east of England. It already flies from Heathrow, Gatwick, and London City airports.
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