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BA predicts top ten long haul destinations for 2009

Wed, 31 Dec, 2008

British Airways (BA) has predicted which ten destinations will prove the most popular with passengers taking long haul flights from UK airports in 2009.

Top of the list is Cape Town in South Africa, followed closely by its neighbour Johannesburg. BA expects the British Lions Tour to attract tourists to the latter.

Exotic destinations such as Dubai, St Kitts and St Lucia are also expected to be big in 2009, as well as world cities such as Sydney, New York and Shanghai.

Richard Tams, head of UK and Ireland sales at BA, said its research shows that the next year will not be all "doom and gloom" for the airline industry.

Indeed, he said "savvy" passengers know there are some great bargains to be had on long haul destinations such as those appearing in the top ten.

British Airways will be the official airline of the British Lions Tour to South Africa in 2009, operating flights from London Heathrow Airport to Johannesburg.

Joe Evans

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