Why are so many Austinites visiting London? It’s the new direct flight.

August 27, 2014 Austin

It’s never been easier for Central Texans to travel to the United Kingdom, thanks to the new direct flight from Austin to London on British Airways.

The flights began in March 2014 and go from Austin Bergstrom International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport. It’s a popular flight which has sold out nearly every day since it became available.

Passengers take the luxurious 787 Boeing Dreamliner for the 10-hour flight. Many travelers then use London as the jumping-off point for their journeys abroad: Heathrow offers connections to more than 100 destinations throughout Europe.

If you decide to visit London to see the sights, here are some of the top attractions in London:

The London Eye.

It looks like a giant Ferris Wheel; climb aboard for a 30-minute ride in a capsule which will show you some of the best views in the city. Each capsule can hold up to 25 people.

Tate Modern.

The Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present, as well as a wealth of international modern and contemporary art. It’s one of the most renowned art museums in the world.

The Tower of London.

There’s a lot of armor on display here, and a lot of jewelry. Specifically, the Crown Jewels. Some of this jewelry is still regularly used by the Queen. The collection includes extremely impressive diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Make sure not to miss the 530-carat Great Star of Africa, the largest colorless cut diamond in the world.

Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace is where Queen Elizabeth carries out her official duties. What most people come to see, though, is the “Changing of the Guard,” the famous ceremony where the royal guards in their red coats and black hats march in unison.

For more information, go to www.ba.com or 800-AIR-WAYS. Economy flights to London begin at about $1100.

Of course, London is not the only new destination for Austin-area travelers. Other recently added flights from the Austin airport are:

  • A nonstop flight between Austin and Las Vegas on Allegiant, which began this summer.
  • A direct flight on Southwest Airlines between New Orleans and Austin.
  • Aeromar’s nonstop flight to Mexico City, with connections to the beautiful beach towns of Puerto Escondido and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Photo courtesy of British Airways