British Airways has finally decided to select San Jose in California for launching its new direct flights services to London. However, business leaders from New Orleans were trying to lobby hard with UK’s national carrier for direct flights to London from New Orleans. With the airline now deciding in favour of San Jose International Airport (SJC) instead of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), it is being considered to be a big letdown for the lobbying business leaders.
Greg Rusovich, Chairman of Louisiana Board of International Commerce, said, “We always dreamt of a direct European flight to New Orleans, which has so far remained a mirage as British Airways chose San Jose. Though, we still remain hopeful. New Orleans airport officials are continuing productive talks with British Airways as well as other prospective international airlines.”
The decision of British Airways weighed heavily in favour of a large number of Silicon Valley’s rich business travellers. A spokesperson of British Airways in a statement said that San Jose is presently home to high-tech giants such as Google, eBay, Cisco, Apple, Adobe and Intel, in addition to thousands of tech start-up companies. It is also a fact that San Jose remains the world’s software powerhouse.
British Airways has indicated that it will be launching its first ever nonstop transatlantic flights services between Silicon Valley and the UK. The new nonstop flights to London Heathrow from San Jose will start operating from May 2016.
Copa Airlines had earlier in June this year launched nonstop flights to Panama from New Orleans, which is being operated four times per week.