9 MAY 2016
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The only direct flights between London and Peru took off last week as British Airways inaugurated a three-times-weekly operation between Gatwick and Lima.
The non-stop service is being operated by B777 with a flight time of 12hr 35min.
It is one of a series of new BA services just introduced or about to be. They include Heathrow to San José from 4 May and Tehran from 14 July, and Gatwick to Costa Rica from 27 April and New York from 1 May. Cape Town joins the Gatwick roster from 24 November.
Lynne Embleton, British Airways' managing director at Gatwick, said: "With the world-famous Inca Trail and the incredible citadel of Machu Picchu, there’s nowhere quite like Peru.
“Lima is a fantastic gateway to some of the most dramatic places to visit in South America and will also provide a new link for British business seeking to invest in Peru’s growing market.”
During the summer months, the three Lima flights will depart from Gatwick on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The service reverts to twice weekly from 30 October, with departures on Wednesdays and Sundays. www.ba.com
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Laurie Price, Horsham
Pity neither the writer or BA referred to BCAL previous operations to Lima, and a range of other South American points in the 1980s (and well before) from Gatwick. But BCAL always was well ahead of BA, only takes 30 years to catch up!