British Airways is to resume flights from Heathrow to Phoenix later this month after a gap of 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

British Airways will fly from Heathrow to Phoenix three times per week from 31 August

The airline will start operating to the Arizona city on 31 August with three flights per week.

BA plans to use a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the route featuring three cabins: economy, Club World business class and World Traveller Plus premium economy.

Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego said: “British Airways has been a key partner to the city of Phoenix and Sky Harbor International airport for more than 20 years

“This flight will contribute to the growth of our economy, while providing travelers with a nonstop connection to Europe. We are proud of the world class service we are able to provide Phoenicians and visitors from all around the world.”

Currently Britons are banned for entering the US because of high levels of Covid but US visitors who are fully vaccinated against the virus can enter the UK without having to go into quarantine.