British Airways Launches Flights to Cologne

British Airways has announced it will be adding a new four-per-week service from Gatwick airport to the German city of Cologne, located on both sides of the Rhine, from November 16, 2018.

Cologne (Köln), Germany’s fourth largest city, offers a plethora of attractions led by its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. Known for its art, history and architecture, visitors can immerse themselves in the avant-garde before enjoying a dish of the local speciality Himmel un Ääd, mashed potato with apple sauce and sausage. For those with a sweeter tooth, a trip to the famous chocolate museum is a must before spending the evening at one of the many beer halls experiencing the liberal Rhinelander spirit, or soaking up the party atmosphere in one of the countless bars or restaurants. No other German city has as many pubs per capita.

The highlight of the Cologne calendar is the six-day street carnival known as “Crazy Days”. Normal life is suspended in Cologne as the city celebrates in a colourful spectacle of eclectic costumes, dancing, sequins, parades and parties where more than one million revellers take to the streets for the largest carnival in Europe.

Customers will be able to fly direct for the first time with British Airways, with services taking off on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; fares start from £27 one way, and the cost of flights can be cut by using Avios part payment.

The airline is also increasing the number of flights it operates to other city break destinations from Gatwick this winter, with more flights to Palma in Mallorca, Turin, Lanzarote, Malaga and Geneva.

These new routes come as British Airways rolls out a £4.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all its customers. This year British Airways rolled out its first fully refreshed Boeing 777 aircraft with brand-new World Traveller Plus and World Traveller seats in new cabins – which will operate exclusively on long-haul routes out of Gatwick.